We just finished 4-days of amazing pike fishing in very extreme winds, below-zero temps, rain and light snow! I had a first-hand chance to see how well the 33rd Annual Sturgeon Falls Rod & Gun Club Pike Tournament was run and at the same time I had a chance to experience the excellent fishing Cache Bay on Lake Nipissing, ON has to offer.
This year they had a field of 200 boats made up of 2-person teams. This is a 100% live release pike tournament where fish are measured, not weighed and points are allotted accordingly.
Pike to be entered are placed in metal boxes with water, taken to the measuring area quickly, measured and released.
As soon as measurements are tabulated the fish are quickly dropped through a an opening in the floor which releases them into Cache Bay.
This is a 1-day tournament with two blast-offs, one at 7:30 am and the other at 8:00am. Weigh-in is at 4 pm and 4:30 pm respectively.
Last Saturday the weather was very windy which made for tough boat handling at measuring time.
This even has really grown to be one of Canada’s premier Pike Tournament with substantial prizes and excellent participation. If you like an excuse to go pike fishing in a bay that offers 30-square miles of water less than 5′ deep with lot’s of weeds, you should really consider entering this excellent event next spring. You can get more details by going to, http://www.piketournament.ca/ .