Largemouth and Smallmouth Bass Contest

The annual Stew Lant Challenge largemouth and smallmouth bass fishing contest will be held on Sunday, June 24. The contest, sponsored by the Knee Deep Club and Ramsey Outdoor, will run from 5 a.m. to 4 p.m. The entry fee – $20 for Knee Deep Club (KDC) members and $25 for non-members – must be submitted with an official contest entry form.

Top finishers will be based on weight, with ties broken according to which was weighed first. Only largemouth and smallmouth bass caught in Lake Hopatcong may be entered.

Cash prizes will be based on an 80% payout of entry fees for the three heaviest largemouth or smallmouth bass weighed in. (Cash prizes will be increased by 25% for KDC members who signed up for the “bonus plan.”) In addition, rod and reel combos donated by Ramsey Outdoor will be awarded to those who place 1st, 2nd, and 3rd.

Rod and reel combos will also be awarded by Ramsey Outdoor to anglers weighing in the 4th, 5th, and 6th heaviest largemouth or smallmouth bass.

Entry forms are available online at and at the club’s official weigh stations: Dow’s Boat Rental (Nolan’s Point, Lake Hopatcong) and Lake’s End Marina (Lakeside Boulevard, Landing). Mail-in entries must be received by the KDC by Friday, June 22. In-person entries can be made until 8 a.m. on Sunday. Please see contest entry form for complete rules.

Take a Kid Fishing

Contestants may enter children up to 12 years old in the contest for a $5 fee.

Did you know?

  • The KDC has organized the Stewart Lant Lake Hopatcong Challenge in memory of one of its most honored presidents.
  • Lant was a life member, past president for six years, and board member. In 1996 he was honored as “Mr. Knee Deep.” He was also a member of the Lake Hopatcong Yacht Club (for 39 years), Lake Hopatcong Historical Museum, Masonic Lodge 11 Free and Accepted Masons of Livingston, and Presbyterian Church of Livingston.
  • The KDC has been supporting fishing on Lake Hopatcong since August 30, 1946. The current membership is more than 600.

The Knee Deep Club invites all to enjoy the excellent fishing Lake Hopatcong has to offer. For additional information, please call 973-663-3826.

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