Press release submitted by Christine Whelan
Bobcaygeon, Ontario – Thursday, March 7, 2019, The Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce announced today they have partnered with the Competitive Sport Fishing League (CSFL) in an effort to preserve, manage and develop the growth of the future of the oldest Walleye Tournament in the Province of Ontario, the Canada US Walleye Tournament celebrating its 39th year.
The Village of Bobcaygeon has been home to the Canada US Walleye Tournament for over 38 years, an event that attracts competitors from both sides of the border, and will be celebrating its 39th year. 2019 will see many changes from previous years as this transitioning year will set the stage for 2020 and hopefully for another 40 years as the event continues to soar and the changes being implemented will keep the resource the first priority in bettering the Canada US Walleye Tournament for many years to come.
Andrew Pallotta of the CSFL, who will also be acting as Tournament Director for this event, stated “The CSFL is pleased and excited to be a part of this event and bring our expertise of fish care to meet the modern day concerns that evolve around tournaments.” Andrew Pallotta goes on to say “I can assure this community that with this partnership, together we will continue to do all the right things and maintain the integrity of this incredible supported home town community event."
The CSFL has issued an update for the participants of the event and is noted below.
Please note the following:
A full copy of the rules and new registration form can be found on the Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and on www.csfl.ca website.
This year the Canada US Walleye Tournament will be taking place on May 18 & 19 out of Beach Park. This date change should allow for cooler water temps, and the venue change will allow for more oxygenated, clear moving water which together will help with better fish care.
The orientation meeting will be taking place at the Bobcaygeon Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 239, 96 King St. East, Bobcaygeon, ON K0M 1A0 and will commence at 5pm. The Legion will be putting on a BBQ starting at 5pm.
Please note, the cut off for 2019 entry refund is March 15, 2019. Field size has been restricted to a maximum of 120 teams. Please contact the Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce should you wish to be added to the waiting list, which will open on March 16, 2019.
Blast off is set for 6:00 am or safe light with weigh-in starting at 2:00 pm. Only the first place position is reserved for last year’s winners. All other positions will be subject to live draw at the orientation meeting with each heat consisting of 40 teams with 15 minutes between heats starting at 6:00 am, 6:15 am and 6:30 am which will be added back at the end of the day starting at 2:00 pm, 2:15 pm and 2:30 pm. Start positions for Day 2 will be based on your finish position on Day 1.
Pre-fishing ends on Friday, May 17th at 3:00 pm. All teams must be within 50 yards of the ramp and off plane or tied to dock for the night. Be sure to advise the Tournament Director should you be leaving your boat in the water overnight.
There are three off limit areas, from Lindsay to the Red Buoy Marker CP50 - across from Alpine RV Resort, Emily Creek and Little Bob Channel East of County 24 bridges are off limits.
New pay structure reflects 100% payback of all entries of 120 teams.