Roscoe, N.Y., a town of 600 that is two hours from New York City, was voted the 2011 World Fishing Network Ultimate Fishing Town USA.
More than 1 million online votes were cast in the contest, according to WFN, a 24-hour fishing network.
Representatives from Roscoe will receive a $25,000 donation to support a fishing-related cause, a feature on WFN about fishing in their town and 10 WaveSpin Reels. Waddington, N.Y., will be awarded $5,000 as the runner-up, and Baudette, Minn., receives $2,500.
“We are so proud to be named WFN Ultimate Fishing Town USA,” Elaine Fettig, of the Roscoe-Rockland Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. “We look forward to the opportunities this award will provide and thank WFN for bringing our community together to support a common goal.”
Roscoe is known as “Trout Town USA,” and it offers five of America's top trout streams, numerous reservoirs and lakes.
After 300 towns were nominated and a preliminary round of voting narrowed the field to 20 finalists, the competition quickly became a two-town race as Roscoe and Waddington traded places daily atop the leaderboard, according to WFN.
The rest of the top 20 were: Gladstone, Mich.; Winthrop Harbor, Ill.; Seward, Alaska; Destin, Fla.; Kissimmee, Fla.; Homer, Alaska; Florence, Ala.; Boulder Junction, Wis.; Hartsel, Colo.; Annapolis, Md.; Richmond Hill, Ga.; Bradford, Pa.; Bainbridge, Ga.; Gold Beach, Ore.; Zapata, Texas; Denver; and Grand Isle, La.