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Spring King of the Lake

2021 Spring KOTL Event Information

Friday April 23rd: Big Fish Friday sponsored by the Silver Salmon Challenge (weigh 1 pay top 3)

Spring KOTL Event: Saturday April 24th & Sunday 25th (no make up day) NO ENTRIES will be accepted after April 16th, 2021 at midnight

Entry Fees: $300 CAD

Location: St. Catharine’s Ontario

Port: St. Catharine’s Marina; Port Weller

 

Entry Deadline: April 16th, 2021 at midnight

No entries accepted after April 16th, 2021

 

Despite a skipped year in 2020 due to Covid-19, once again, we're back ! We start the year with our longest running and most participated in event: The Spring King of The Lake Tournament. This is also one of the few events on Lake Ontario gaining new faces and teams!
With the unseasonably mild start to winter, then a cold snap, there will be mixed thoughts going into the 2021 event. Are memories of 2012 entering the minds of many teams.  Why? Because that year, Kings and Cohos were caught in as shallow as 20ft. and as deep as 300 foot on both sides of the fence. Spring fishing can mean grinding in the top 20 feet for any Coho or King willing to bite or it can be an all-out slug fest with Kings and Coho’s coming from top to bottom, shallow to deep. The spring KOTL is always an interesting and unpredictable event.  One reason has been the unpredictable weather and the chance that it will impact the event like it has done the last several years. But one thing is for certain, if you don’t pay, you can’t play.  Jump on board and be part of one of the most well-organized festive tournaments on Lake Ontario.
The spring event always brings a high level of anticipation, souped up rigs, excitement and competition. The best of the best anglers gather in St. Catharine’s in the spring to fish this first tournament of the season and to show their peers that they are the best at this often-unpredictable salmon fishery!

In 2021, those teams that want to challenge themselves further can compete in the: FishUSA “Overall Champion” Are you worthy of this challenge? See registration page for the (4) qualifying events in 2021.

Welcome to the 2021 Spring King of the Lake

We're back ! Once again, we are looking for another great spring tournament. The captain's meeting and weigh-in format will be announced as the event date nears. Good luck to all of the participating 2021 teams!

 

2019 Spring KOTL Final Results

Day One of Event Cancelled Due to Weather Conditions

 

Congratulations to Captain Rich Hajecki and Team Yankee Troller

1st Place - 2019 Spring KOTL

1st Place Willie T's Balls Pat Comerford High Performance Challenge

Yankee Troller

 

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2018 Spring KOTL Final Results

Day Two of Event Cancelled Due to Weather Conditions

 

Congratulations to Darryl and Team Silver Junkies

1st Place - 2018 Spring KOTL

1st Place Scotty Pat Comerford High Performance Challenge

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Congratulations to Rich and Team Yankee Troller

1st Place - 2017 Spring KOTL

1st Place Scotty Pat Comerford High Performance Challenge

Yankee Troller

Photography courtesy of Colton Alex

 

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Congratulations to Aldo and Team Navigator - 1st Place - 2016 Spring KOTL

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Photography courtesy of Kayla Charrois

Congratulations to Rich and Team Yankee Troller - 1st Place
2016 Scotty Pat Comerford High Performance Challenge

Yankee Troller
Photography courtesy of Kayla Charrois

2016 Spring KOTL Summary

The north east winds continued on Lake O., right into this year’s event.  Despite a favorable forecast leading into this year’s event, we were given strong north east winds on day one and Friday’s event was cancelled after the initial postponement.  It was a good call by the Tournament Committee as strong north east winds started at 7am and continued into the afternoon.
Many teams were scratching their heads the morning of day two, should we go left? right? Or straight? Those that made a good call and sat on them took advantage of the early bite with most kings caught within those first two hours. It turned into a grind for the majority and the score board reflected it.
In the end, it was Team Navigator that came to the scales with 5 good kings and a total weight of 87.30 pounds and a final score of (137.30). He also took big fish honors with a 22.04 pound King he caught late in the day. He was closely followed by the other top 7 teams: Yankee Troller (132.15), Thrillseeker (131.43), Bay Rat (125.42), Big Cat (118.60), Mid River Marina ( 117.09) and  Peche Extreme (112.50).
Congratulations to all of this year’s check winners and to local charter captain; Aldo Nava on a big win.

FishUSA Overall Championship:
Team Thrillseeker takes the early lead in this year’s FishUSA overall championship followed by Teams Big Cat and Mid River Marina.

 

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Photography courtesy of Kayla Charrois

 

"Dreamweaver" Main Event Winners

Navigator

Yankee Troller

Thrillseeker

Bay Rat

Big Cat

Mid River Marina

Peche Extreme

"Scotty" High Performance Winners

Yankee Troller

Thrillseeker

Big Cat

 

 

Live Target Big Fish "Overall" Winner

Team Thrillseeker

 

 

TrikFish Big Box Saturday Results

Navigator

Yankee Troller

Thrillseeker

Cuda Big Fish Weekend Results

Navigator

Reel Therapy

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2015 Spring KOTL Summary

The event kicked off Friday with our traditional Big Fish Friday. The change for this year was to allow teams to weigh “2” salmon in lieu of the past which allowed just “1”. Congratulations to our top 3!!

2015 BIG FISH FRIDAY RESULTS
1 Team Silver Junkies 40.77
2 Team Myles Ahead 38.20
3 Team Big Cat 37.97

 

The weekend’s event went off without a hitch: the lake was calm, the sun came out and the fish cooperated quite well for most teams. All of the teams agreed that we could have all done without the bugs but as one knowledgeable Canadian angler said, “when we have bugs, we have KINGS” and that we did!

Anglers beat the skinny water at the traditional spring locations, fished the drop or deeper water at the River and fished everywhere in-between. Fishing was hot and cool for teams and that changed from day to day. It kept it interesting for most and that was witnessed at the day 2 weigh in.

Team Get it Wet was our Day one leader with 87.97 pounds but found out that being in first after day one does not guarantee a win in a two day event. At the weigh in, we had several lead changes with Thrillseeker and Outtaline making a hard push at the end with good boxes. Close to the end, Team Vision Quest held the lead with their 80.57 day 2 box with 3 teams left to weigh. This set the stage for an exciting finish as there were three teams left to weigh. After Mid River Marina weighed (Day one’s 3rd place team), their day 2 box was not as big and Team VQ held on a bit longer. Then Lord of The Kings (Day one’s second place team) walked up to the scales and weighed a 78.76 box, good enough to edge out 1st place from Vision Quest. It was not over just yet… Next and final, all eyes were on Team Get it Wet’s cooler as they strolled up to the scales to weigh. They needed about 78 pounds to finish the deal and claim the win but they fell short with a 73.58 box, good enough for 4th place overall but not the SPRING 2015 KOTL Title.

Congratulations to Vito Dattomo and Lord of the Kings

"Dreamweaver" Main Event Winners

Lord of the Kings

Vision Quest

Thrillseeker

Get It Wet

Outtaline

Royal Flush

Silver Junkies

"Scotty" High Performance Winners

Lord of the Kings

Vision Quest

Thrillseeker

 

Tarina Construction Big Fish "Overall" Winner

Team Thrillseeker

 

 

Saturday "Sufix" Winners

Get It Wet

Lord of the Kings

Mid River Marina

 

Sunday "Rapala" Winners

Royal Flush

Big Cat

Alo

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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