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Crow Lake Classic

Tournament Rules - 2017

Subject to Clarity by the Crow Lake Classic Planning Committee


a.     The Crow Lake Classic tournament format is a two-person team, two day fishing, live-release competition with daily and total combined weight prizes.

b.     The boundaries of the Crow Lake Classic are Crow (Kakagi) Lake.

c.     The tournament site for the 2017 Crow Lake Classic will be Hanson’s Hideaway Lodge.

d.     All competitors and officials will conduct themselves in a true sportsmanlike, courteous, safe, and ethical manner.

e.     The Crow Lake Classic Planning Committee, its officials, sponsors, promoters, organizers, hosts, Directors, and affiliated organizations assisting in the operation of any aspect of the Tournament, their agencies and/or agents and assigns are not responsible for any death, injury, damage, liability, fire, theft or loss that may result prior to, during, or after the Tournament howsoever caused.


a.    Competitors must be a minimum of eighteen (18) years of age as of June 30th in the year of the competition or a minor (under 18 years of age) if accompanied by an adult.

b.    All anglers must possess a valid Ontario Sport Fishing License except those exempt by the Fisheries Act.


a.     Entries will be accepted for the first 30 teams for the 2017 contest on a first-paid first-in basis.

b.     Entry fee will be $350.

c.     Teams will be assigned numbers upon receipt of payment. The top ten from 2016 will have their spots held for them until September 1st, 2017.  After that date, numbers will be assigned in the order of entry fees received.

d.     For the year 2017 teams will have until September 15 to register for the

Tournament.  The $350 entry fee must accompany registration.

e.     Early Bird Registration – teams who register will full payment on or before September 1, 2017 will qualify for the Early Bird Registration draw (to win back their $350 registration fee).  These registrations must be received by the committee by 11:59pm on September 1 or postmarked on or before that date to qualify.  The Early Bird draw will be made on September 15, 2014.

f.      Cancellation Deadline – if there are not 25 fully paid team entries by 11:59pm on August 15, 2017, the tournament will be cancelled.  Entries must be in-hand (including mail-in entries) by that deadline.  In the event of tournament cancellation, all entry fees and sponsorships received up to that point will be returned.

g.     Any team cancelling in writing 30 days or less prior to the first day of the Tournament will have their entry fee refunded less 25%.

h.     In the event of a cancellation, registration fee may be transferred to another team without penalty.  It is incumbent upon the cancelling team to inform the Registrar of any such arrangement.


a.     If, after competition has been started, a team captain or partner is unable to compete because of medical, family, or other justified reasons, the remaining team member will be given the option to replace the leaving member with a replacement angler. 

b.     The Director of the Tournament must be advised and approve of any replacement angler.


      Tournament pre-fishing will be allowed up until 4 p.m. of the day before the tournament.  Anyone fishing after 4 p.m. of the day before the tournament will be disqualified.


a.     There will be no Rules Meeting for the 2017 tournament.  Participants are expected to understand all the rules prior to registering.

b.     Supper An informal cookout dinner will be held Saturday eventing.

c.     Team numbers will be distributed Saturday morning.  Team numbers must be affixed to the right (starboard) side of the engine.


a.     Boat inspections will be between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30 a.m. each day (for live well, kill switch, life jackets, etc.)

b.     Only artificial lures and manufactured baits and scents may be used.  All tackle boxes and hatches must be open for easy inspection.

c.     Teams must have approved floatation devices (life jackets).  The jacket must be worn any time the combustion engine is operating, must be securely fastened, and must be maintained in that condition while traveling from one location to another at other than trolling or drifting speeds.

d.     Tethered kill switches (if so equipped) are mandatory and must be attached to the driver’s body at all times.

e.     Fixed or portable aerated live wells capable of sustaining life are mandatory.


a.     On each day the official starter will start the field in a trickle start at 8 a.m. 

b.     On Day One (1), boats will start in numerical order and be released every few seconds by the starter using a flag and blow horn.  Each team will acknowledge being called with a hand wave. 

c.     On Day Two (2), boats will start in the order of Day One (1) final standings. 

d.     Starting out of turn will result in disqualification. 

e.     Engines may not be brought up to speed until after boats have passed the starter boat or platform (NO WAKE). 

f.      Flight time will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and weigh-in at 4 p.m. both days.


a.     All provincial and federal boating regulations must be observed at all times.

b.     Other than to allow safe passage, all boats must remain fifty (50) meters apart after the official act of fishing begins.

c.     Nothing of any nature shall be passed from one boat to another at any time during the tournament.  This includes the time of waiting to be weighed in.

d.     Use of cell phones during the tournament is permitted in emergency situations only.

e.     The use of underwater cameras is not allowed during the tournament.  If such equipment is found in a competitor’s boat during boat checks or during tournament fishing hours (8 a.m. to 4 p.m.) the offending team will be disqualified.

f.      Participants may not leave their boats except

                                               i.     in the event of severe weather such as lightening or thunderstorm; anglers may in these situations pull into the nearest shoreline until it is safe to continue fishing;

                                             ii.     if required to aid in rectifying a mechanical problem or emergency;

                                            iii.     if necessary for washroom purposes.


a.     At the end of each day, every team, whether weighing in or not, must return to the tournament site and report to tournament officials.  Failure to report could result in disqualification.  THE STRINGENCY OF THIS RULE IS REQUIRED, AS THE PLANNING COMMITTEE NEEDS TO CONFIRM THAT ALL TEAMS HAVE RETURNED SAFELY AFTER THEIR FISHING DAY.

b.     Check-in will be available at 3 p.m. each day.  If breakdowns force a team in early, they must report to Tournament officials.

c.     Teams that are late in crossing the finish line at the end of the day, for whatever reason including breakdown, will be penalized four (4) ounces or .25 pounds for every minute for the first five (5) minutes.  After that they will be disqualified for that day’s weigh-in.

d.     A daily limit of five (5) bass per team will be weighed.  A team may possess the daily MNR limit while angling only.  While traveling under the main engine, only five (5) bass may be retained in live wells.  The penalty for failure to comply is disqualification of that day’s weight. Culling in live wells is allowed.


a.     All smallmouth and largemouth bass will be weighed.  A minimum of twelve (12) inches measured from the tip of the nose to the tip of the tail shall be in effect.  Any fish measuring less shall be ineligible and one (1) pound shall be deducted from the balance of the team weight.  No other species may be retained by any competitor with the exception of any damaged fish as per the Fish and Game Act of Ontario.  All fish caught and damaged must be kept and turned over to Planning Committee officials and may not be kept by the competitor.

b.     All weights called by the Weigh Master are deemed accurate and final and are not contestable.

c.     One team member must sign the Weigh-In Slip recording and acknowledging the weight of the catch.

d.     Four (4) ounces will be deducted from the total daily weight for each fish deemed dead or non-releasable.


a.     In case of mechanical breakdowns and/or emergencies, participants may contact Tournament organizers only at 276-4405.