AMA Sportsmen’s Club Annual Walleye Tournament kicks off June 22.

 

By Joel Charron

The area largest fishing derby is kicking off June 22.

The AMA Sportsmen’s Club is hosting the 29th annual Walleye Tournament, starting with a steak kick off dinner on Saturday, June 16 and concluding on June 30.  The tournament award party will be held on July 1.

There is over $20,000 in cash and prizes to be won, including the grand prize, which is a Can Am 400 XT or a Starcraft Boat, Mercury Motor & trailer.

There is are prizes for “live release as well as prizes for the youth and ladies division.

Derby chairman, Frank Nissen said the annual Walleye Tournament usually attract roughly 550 to 650 fishermen and are expect the same this year.

“We always get a really good turn out for this derby,” said Nissen.

The entry fee is $30 and entry forms can to pick up at a number of locations: AMA Sportsmen’s Club, Bru Mon Harbour, Happy Days Marine, Coopers Marina, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157, Wally’s Bait, Renaud RV & Power Sports, Strictly Fishing and the River Town Times. Participants must be registered by June 21.

Nissen noted that there are some new rules to this year’s derby.

First, live release fish MUST be brought to Bru Mon Harbour Marine by boat in the water, not over land.

“This is for the conservation of the fish,” said Nissen.

Nissen said participants would catch and bring in fish from the Wheatley and Rondeau than release the fish in the area. Nissen said that put an awful lot of stress of the fish.

“When they get released, you’ll usually see them floating belly up down the river,” said Nissen. “That’s not the conservation efforts we want to practice.”

The second rule participants must stay within the boundary. The Lake Eire boundary is west of a line from the tip of Point Pelee south to Canada-US international boarder.

“We’re trying to make it a little more fair for the locals,” Nissen said.

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