Spring King of the Lake Registration

Entry Fee $300 CAD + 5% Handling Fee
***Late Entry Fee $400 CAD + 5% Handling Fee***

Fall King of the Lake Registration

Entry Fee $300 CAD + 5% Handling Fee
Late Entry Fee $400 CAD + 5% Handling Fee


Fish USA "America's Tackle Shop" Overall Champion $600.00

Reminder: June King of Kings tournament was added to overall this year

*to qualify you MUST be PAID IN FULL before the Spring KOTL captains meeting concludes
Payments will be received at Captain's meeting for the Spring KOTL - Cash Only will be Accepted

Scotty High Performance $ 500.00

(this event is an optional “side event” and one must be entered in the Dreamweaver Challenge Event to participate)
Payments will be received at Captain's meeting for the Spring KOTL - Cash Only will be Accepted

Weekend TrikFish Challenge Division $100 each day

(this event is an optional “side event” and one must be entered in the Dreamweaver Challenge Event to participate)
Payments will be received at Captain's meeting for the Spring KOTL - Cash Only will be Accepted


2017 Tournament Rules


1.  Eligibility: All persons 18 years of age and over are eligible to enter the event. Anyone under 16

 is eligible to fish as long as one of their parents or guardians is on board the vessel.

 2. A maximum of 8 rods to be fished with at any one time per boat. *However, only 2 rods per angler if less than 4 anglers on board.

 3. Boundaries: Tournament boundaries – Lake Ontario – open lake – no rivers or inlets. Boats

leaving start zone prior to official start time will be disqualified. All boats must enter and exit

 designated area. The designated area will be specified at the Captain’s Meeting.

 4. Shotgun start: All boats will be allowed to depart from their docks prior to the actual start time.

 Contestants are allowed to gather near the starting point but not more that 200 yards north,

 east or west of the harbor entrance. An official tournament boat will signal the start of the

 event at the designated time.

 5. Fishing Times: 6:00 am to 2:00 pm each day. *subject to change due to daylight or

weather conditions*. Teams must have coolers placed in the trailer located at the marina, no later than 3:00 pm in order to be eligible to weigh in their catch 

5a. All fishing  must cease prior to 2:00pm and all boats must be at the pier heads lined up and off plane by

 2:00pm (even if mechanical problems arise). You will be disqualified if you are not in the no

 wake area (pier head) by 2:00 pm. This will be monitored by video with timer in order to settle

 disputes if any.

 6. A day of fishing consists of 8 hours. If the tournament committee decides to delay the start due

 to bad weather or darkness, it may extend the first day of fishing.

6a. There are no make up days if a day of fishing is cancelled.

 7. All speed and no wake zones must be observed, failure to do so may be cause for


 8. Captains are to check in and return designated lanyards to the weigh-in area each day. This will be clarified at the Captain’s meeting.

 9. A Mandatory Captain’s Meeting will be held and commence at 6:00pm sharp, the Friday before

the event. Location to be Monty's Pub located 547 Ontario Street; St. Catharines ONT..

 10. Team registration will begin at 4:00pm each Friday prior to the main events at Monty's Pub. Failure to register

 and sign in prior to 6:00pm will result in a late start penalty of one hour on Friday’s fishing

 day. In the event of a delay, then the one hour late start penalty will, be imposed from the

 delayed start time.

 11. It is the Captain’s responsibility to ensure that he is at the Captain’s meeting. If the Captain

cannot attend the meeting, he must send a qualified representative. That representative will

 assume responsibility for the team at the meeting.

 12. After registration and before the event, each team will be given an itinerary for the tournament’s

 events via e-mail upon confirmation of receipt of payment.

 13. Scoring: A maximum of (5) fish per day will be allowed to be weighed in. Points will determine

 the winner – 10 points per fish, 1 point per pound.

a. Example: 5 coho average 4 lbs = 70 points.

b. Only Chinook and Coho will be eligible for weigh-in. Any other species brought to

 official weigh in will result in an automatic disqualification for that fishing day. The

 tournament has established a minimum 19” length requirement.

c. Questionable fish will be measured from tip of nose to tip of the tail with the squeeze

 tail method to achieve the best overall length. Any fish under 19” will be disallowed but

no penalty will be imposed. Any fish deemed to be physically altered in any manner by

 that team, will forfeit that fish, without penalty. However, that team will also be given a

 warning. A second violation will result in disqualification from the event.

 14. Weigh-in: Upon returning to port the cooler containing the day’s catch must be immediately

transported to the cooler drop off location. *This will be clarified at the captain's meeting. All contestants must be in line for weigh-in no later than one

 hour after fishing time has expired. Example: 6:00am til 2:00pm fishing time, 3:00pm is cut off

 to be in line up at check in. At least one team member must remain with the days catch until

 surrendered to the weigh-in committee.

 15. Coolers: All coolers must be marked with the team name or number. All coolers will be

 considered sealed at the end of the day’s fishing and handling of fish by anyone other than a

 tournament official is prohibited.

 16. Dry coolers rule: No water in the coolers or live well at any time, including weigh in. Your fish

 must be handled in a specific way in order to be eligible for weigh in. Once caught, the fish can

 go into a holding area (cooler, live well, box, with no water). However, you are allowed dry ice,

 blocked ice in a bag, or plastic containers to be kept with your fish, including at weigh in.

 Keeping your fish in a live well, in water is against tournament rules. *Double bagging of ice cubes is recommended.

Penalty: Automatic disqualification for that day.

 16a. Bait containers: during the day you are allowed to keep bait in your fish cooler but it

 must be removed before your cooler is sealed at the cooler drop off location. Failure to do so will result in


 17. Lanyards: in order to weigh in your fish, your team must present the team identification lanyard

 to the weigh master. Failure to do so will result in disqualification of that days catch.

 18. All government (US and CDN) regulations for boating and fishing will apply. Anyone caught in

 violation of a law/rule “may” be disqualified from the event, pending the severity of the

violation. Each incident will be reviewed by the tournament committee.

 19. Each team will be given a tournament flag which must be prominently displayed on the boat.

 20. Competitors must not go ashore anywhere but the designated areas. If a team must go ashore

 or dock early, they must notify tournament control and be given consent by tournament control

 prior to touching land or docking.

 21. Boats may be inspected by Tournament Officials at any time during the competition.

 22. All standings will be determined by total points. A tie for any position will see respective prize

 money split equally between the teams.

 23. Competitors may be disqualified for any violation of the tournament rules, with no refund of

 entry fee. Decision of the tournament officials is final.

 24. Communications: No communication rule will be in effect throughout the tournament. This

 means during fishing times you are not allowed to communicate with any competitors or non-competitors

 in any way that may enhance your day’s catch or opportunity. To clarify with

 example: If your wife calls and says your child is sick, please come home after your day – that is

 acceptable but if she follows by saying “how’s your fishing day going” and you reply, ”great”,

then that is a rule violation and you will be disqualified. Why? She can use this information to

enhance someone else’s fishing day. Again, this is an example. The KOTL is allowing your phones

to be on because there may be emergencies, family responsibilities or business responsibilities

 that you may have to attend to. We understand this and will allow this type of communication

 only. However, any and all communication must be kept to non-fishing matters and we will

 attempt to monitor this as close as possible. The KOTL will deem all communication violations

 as a serious offense.

 25. Polygraph: Winners may be subject to polygraph testing. Refusal to take the polygraph test will

 result in automatic disqualification. It is the responsibility of each competitor that may be

 subject to polygraph, to refrain from using alcohol or other substances which may affect the

 accuracy of the polygraph. Such use may result in disqualification. The results of the polygraph

 testing may be accepted regardless. The decision of the tournament committee will be final.

 26. Each competitor upon registration agrees to sign a waiver holding the sponsors, their agents or

 employees harmless from liability of any nature, and for injuries or damages suffered by the

 entrants during the period the tournaments is to be held. Basically, you and your team are

 agreeing to participate in this event at your own discretion and assume all risk.

 27. Any fish entered must be caught by hook and line, retrieved by rod and reel, on angling tackle. (foul hooked fish will be discussed at captain's meeting)

  28. Fish must be caught/landed while in the act of trolling. Fish with cuts, gaff marks, gill net, or puncture marks

 anywhere on the body will be questioned and may be ineligible for weigh.

 29. It is unacceptable to the tournament committee to dispose of fish angled (dead fish) in order to

 maintain creel. It is the intent of the KOTL to maintain and abide by good conservation practices

 and by the laws set forth by the Canadian and U.S. Government. This includes how each team

 handles their catch after weigh-in. Any fish disposed of in an unsightly or illegal manner may be

 grounds for disqualification and/or the KOTL reserves the right to bar that team from any all

 future KOTL events.

 30. Any team entering fish that have been altered in any manner as to increase weight of the fish

 will be disqualified from the tournament and future tournaments.

 31. All competitors upon registration agree to abide by all rules. It is the responsibility of the

 Captain’s to make sure all rules are followed by their respected team members. The intent at

 the King of the Lake Promotions is to promote good sportsmanship and good competition. Any

 infractions or poor behavior, in the opinion of the rules committee, which may cause damage or

 impact the good will and reputation of the KOTL, sponsors, host marinas etc…may result in

disqualification from the immediate event and/or possible future events.

 32. Any protests must be submitted no later than 15 minutes after the final boat has weighed in.

 This protest must be accompanied by $200.00 (CDN Funds). This fee will be refunded when

 protest is validated.

3 3. The team representative presenting the fish for weigh in shall be responsible for verification

 (signature) of the weigh slip. Failure to acknowledge this may result in the disqualification of

 that days catch.

 34. Weather: In the interest of safety, the day’s fishing may be cancelled by the angler’s committee

 if small craft warnings are posted by the Canadian Coast Guard or US Coast Guard (tournament

 specific area). However, once released to fish and bad weather or rough water occurs, it will be

 the Captain’s discretion to decide whether his team stays out or comes in early. In other words,

 once released it will be the Captain’s decision whether to fish or not, not the KOTL committee.

 35. Payouts: The KOTL will inform all Captain’s at the Friday captain’s meeting what the event

 payout will be. If at that point, the Captain’s decides to not participate due to the payout

structure, he will be eligible to receive 100% of his entry money back. (less all administrative


 36. Entries are limited to 100 teams.

 37. Entries must be received and accounted for by the dates listed on the website. There will be a

 $100 late fee for all entries received after the initial dead line and before the final cut off date.

 38. Rulings and Limitations: The tournament committee’s decision will be final for all matters

pertaining to the interpretation and conduct of these rules. In the interest of good

 sportsmanship, contestants are reminded that the “spirit of the rule” will prevail in all judgment




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