Get Hooked on Fishing

Not on Drugs.  Support at-risk youth today. 

"Addiction is a leading cause of death. I lost a close friend to addiction... He was the life of the party- always a smile and a joke to tell. It sure seemed like he loved life... you couldn't see he was sick or suffering. I've lost people I care about because of addiction. I support this derby as support for my friends who are still here, who have fought this battle, won, but still struggle to regain their family. Sometimes all it takes is a little bit of support to make a difference It's important to raise awareness and to have a place where help can be found.


They say that the main cause of addiction is exposure... So if you love them, expose them to the good stuff, like fishing..."

-Jerry Haley, Founder

Kid's Ice Fishing Seminar!
Sponsored by Battlefish Charters!
February 26th | Chazy Lake Boat Launch

The Main Event

After losing a lifelong friend to a battle with addiction I created Reeling for Recovery. In conjunction with the CVFC, we have been able to carry out several outreach sessions with youth in the local community doing adventure-based learning. We are now expanding that vision and looking to bring on a more diverse lineup of outside events to keep kids looking for that next adventure. Reeling for Recovery is an outside winter event like no other in the North Country. From ice fishing to kids' events, we offer a family fun-oriented day where anyone can find something to enjoy. We hope to see you there and if you know someone that is battling addiction get them help before it's too late.


New Events Just Added!  Stay Tuned for More Details!

May 7th 2023 - Cast for Kids Striper Run, Troy, NY


August 6th 2023 - Cast for Kids, Chateaugay Lake, NY

“Awesome time for the kids AND for a great cause! 2021 was our third year participating in the Reeling for Recovery Ice Fishing Derby. Jerry Haley does a great job coordinating the contest and steering the focus towards involving the next generation of anglers. My kids and their friends all love the reception at the American Legion with food, raffles, and prizes! We look forward to it every year – it has become a tradition! We fish Chazy each year for the challenge of catching the biggest Lake Trout, but nothing beats pulling a toothy monster pike through the ice on Chateaugay. We always hook up some perch too. It doesn’t matter if you are a local or not – everyone is made to feel welcome and the friendly social atmosphere on and off the ice is what the North Country is known for.”

- The Ryan Family

2022 Reeling for Recovery Gallery
2022 C.A.S.T. for Kids Gallery