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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 https://www.facebook.com/bobcaygeonchamberofcommerce/
and on http://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.
The CSFL is a recognized leader in the sport fishing industry with over 40 annual tournaments across Southern, Central and Eastern Ontario and have successfully run and operated well over 700 events to date. The CSFL utilizes an in water weigh in system developed through Queens University. Using the technology of properly regulated aerated tanks, water weigh-in scales and state of the art live release boats enables the safe return of the resource to ensure the future of the sport. The CSFL has a tournament category to meet your needs. With great companies like Lund Boats, Mercury Marine, Berkley, Abu Garcia, MinnKota, Humminbird, Spring Fishing & Boat Show, Kawartha Sportsmen Show and Northstar Marine Insurance behind it, the CSFL is able to provide its customers, spectators, and supporters direct delivery of product knowledge, fishing techniques, and an exciting weigh in show to feast the eyes. More reasons that keep the CSFL the first choice of tournaments.
The Bobcaygeon & Areas Chamber of Commerce announced today that they are excited to move forward with the 39th Annual Canada US Walleye Tournament, along with the full support of the community and the professional services of the Competitive Sport Fishing League (CSFL).
The City of Bobcaygeon has been home to the Canada US Walleye Tournament for 38 years, an event that has and continues to attract US competitors with a sold out field of 150 teams and a prize purse exceeding $30,000 representing a 100% payback.
“Congratulations to all who continue to work toward keeping this exciting event in our community. Well done!”
- Andy Letham, Mayor City of Kawartha Lakes
“Once again, we are very pleased to welcome the anglers from near & far, to the town of Bobcaygeon, and the 39th Canada US Walleye Tournament. The Canada US Walleye Tournament benefits everyone!"
- Kathleen Seymour-Fagan, Councillor Ward 2
“We are proud to once again be a part of this great event as it represents more than just a full field, it represents a unity of community and anglers. We are happy to provide our expertise and services to preserve, manage and develop the future of the oldest walleye tournament in Ontario.”
- Andrew Pallotta of the CSFL
“Call the Chamber to be part of this exciting tournament and join us as a VIP VOLUNTEER!”
- Donna Wood, President, Bobcaygeon & Area Chamber of Commerce
IMPLEMENTED CHANGES FOR 2019:
The event will take place on May 18 and 19 at the Beach Park, with blast off at 6:00 am and weigh in at 2:00 pm each day.
The orientation meeting takes place on Friday, May 17 at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 239. At this meeting the discussions will include day time fish care and the use of minimal fish handling for efficient weigh in procedures, keeping the resource the number one priority. The topics of discussion will also include the reduction of the field size going forward however all 2019 team captains will be grandfathered.
We welcome Northstar Marine Insurance as a sponsor to the Canada US Walleye Tournament. Northstar will be sponsoring the cost of polygraph tests to the 1st and 2nd place teams and will also award the top finishing Northstar team with their entry fee for the 2020 event.
Registrants may seek a full refund if they are not available for the new date and we regret any inconveniences. Please contact Andrew Pallotta, Tournament Director, at 416-802-2277.
For more information, to book a team, or book a room, become a VIP volunteer, to donate or advertise with us, please check out the Chamber website at www.bobcaygeon.org, or our Facebook page!
The 2019 Sturgeon Lake Canada/US Walleye Tournament out of Bobcaygeon is a go!
A message from the Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce. Prepared for Friday, January 25th, 2019:
The Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce has been hard at work developing new partnerships, which will be announced shortly. The announcement will further highlight the changes, including the continuance of maintaining the integrity of the past years, while continuing to grow the event, and most importantly, keeping the resource first!
Donna Wood, President Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce.
ATTENTION: The CANADA/US WALLEYE TOURNAMENT has not been officially cancelled.
We had a good turnout for Small Business Week 2018. The Chamber wanted to dedicate this event to all of our amazing Members!
The attendees enjoyed informative speakers and had access to a ton of Small Business information.
It was an awesome group and we look forward to what's next!
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