Rules & Regulations


  • No pre-fishing in tournament waters – 2 days prior to the tournament
  • On Friday, May 22, 2020, all contestants must register by 7:00 pm and attend the orientation meeting immediately thereafter.
  • All contestants who by provincial regulation are required to purchase a license, must have a sport fishing license. Anglers cannot compete in the tournament with a conservation fishing license.
  • Eligibility – Maximum two people per team, the minimum allowable age is 12. All competitors between the ages of 12 and 18 must have signed parental permission. Any contestants under 16 must be accompanied by an adult to collect tournament prizes.
  • The entry fee is$220.00 per team payable by E-transfer (piketournament@gmail.com), cheque (Sturgeon Falls Rod & Gun Club) or cash. No post-dated cheques accepted.
  • Headquarters are located at the Cache Bay Hall, 55 Cache Street, Cache Bay, Ontario.
  • Northern Pike is the only type of fish admissible.  No other species of fish are permitted in your boat or your live wells at any time during the competition. Every effort must be made to keep the fish alive. Fish should be measured as soon as possible.
  • If the fish is dead, is expected to die, or there is damage to the eyes, gills or any other injuries, you will not get the extra 10 points for live release. A ruling by the official measuring the fish is final.
  • Live wells must hold a volume of 46 liters or 10 gallons and have the capacity for water exchange and be mechanically aerated at all times when fish are being held.
  • Measurement i): Only Pike with a minimum length of 50 centimeters, there will be a 10 point deduction for any fish measuring less than 50cm. ii): A maximum of 5 fish per team, of those 5 fish only 4 fish can be longer than 61 centimeters iii): Only 2 fish can be longer than 86 centimeters iv): Measurement will be from the tip of the mouth to the tip of the tail v): The fish can be checked and measured throughout the day or upon your return. At no time can the number of fish in possession, which is defined as fish in the live well and previously measured, exceed 5. At the end of the day, all fish in the live well must be presented for measurement and recording.
  • Scoring i): Will be done on a point system up to the first decimal place. 1.2 centimeters = 1.2 points Scoring ii): A 10-point bonus will be awarded for each fish released alive.
  • Artificial lures only, no live or pickled bait. Scent and pork rind will be allowed.
  • No person or animal other than the competitors are allowed to be in the boat.
  • A minimum of 100 feet must be maintained between competitors at all times during the tournament. Competitors are not allowed to go to shore unless permission is given to do so, and no fishing is allowed within 300 feet of the main dock.
  • All laws in regards to boating, fishing and lifesaving equipment must be adhered to and will be enforced. Life jackets must be worn at departure time and at any time when travelling faster than a trolling speed. No alcoholic beverages or recreational drugs allowed on any boat at any time during the tournament hours. Suspected consumption will result in police involvement.
  • All boats must be inspected by a tournament official at the start of the day. Boats are subject to inspections at all times during the tournament hours. Each team will be assigned an identification tag and 2 numbered stickers that must be affixed on both sides of the boat so that they are visible to all.
  • Departure and re-entry time: •    First heat- Departure 7:30AM – Return 4:00PM •    Second heat- Departure 8:00AM – Return 4:30PM
  • Procedure for boat inspections: In the morning all boats will approach the checking area with all live wells, tackle boxes, lunch boxes/bag and or coolers open and ready for inspections, participants will remain in your boat, an official will bring you your tag and inspect your boat. Contestants fishing on the east side of the bay come to the east side of the blast off area, the same goes for contestants fishing on the west side of the bay, people fishing in the south remain in the middle. For your own safety we recommend a boat of at least 14 feet.
  • Measuring stations- Cache Bay government dock and tournament officials in boats patrolling the lake. The identification tags must be shown EVERYtime you measure a fish and return to an official at checkout time.
  • Tournament boundaries- All rivers and creeks are out of bounds. All boats must remain inside the boundaries. (No participant may fish inside the boundaries two days prior to the tournament.) Volunteers will be monitoring the area.
  • All ties will be determined by the team with the largest fish.
  • Scores will be posted as soon as possible on Saturday night. Contestants will have one hour to report any discrepancies. After one hour scores will be taken as correct.
  • Decisions of the tournament officials are final. NO APPEAL
  • Any infractions of the above rules will result in disqualification with no refund of entry fee.
  • Although unlikely, if necessary and at the discretion of the Sturgeon Falls Rod & Gun Club, tournament days may be shortened, postponed, or cancelled due to unsafe weather.
  • Due to our tournament popularity, demand, and limited tournament spots, refunds will only be offered under very special circumstances as determined by the management committee.