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Watertown Daily Times | St. Lawrence Walleye Association gearing up for annual Fall Classic

09 Sep

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Hooks and AntlersBy Mike Seymour

St. Lawrence Walleye Association gearing up for annual Fall Classic

By MIKE SEYMOUR

JOHNSON NEWSPAPERS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2012

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The St. Lawrence Walleye Association is presenting the ninth annual Waddington Bass and Walleye Fall Classic on Sept. 15. The event is a team competition of one or two people, and the winning team will be determined by the heaviest weight of four fish, two bass (smallmouth or largemouth), and two walleyes.

The entry fee per team is $50 for SLRWA members and $60 for nonmembers. Payout to winners will be based on the number of entrants. In addition, there will be an optional Big Fish Contest ($20 per team), and 50 percent of the prize money will go for biggest bass and 50 percent for biggest walleye. Participants must register by 6 p.m. Sept. 14. Registration sites are Waddington True Value and Steve’s Stop and Shop on Route 37 in Louisville.

Fishing hours are from 7 a.m. until 3 p.m., and all boats must be in the water at the Waddington Boat Launch at Whitaker Park by 6:30 a.m. Fishing boundaries extend from the top side of the Robert Moses Power Dam in Massena to the Iroquois Dam in Waddington. Anglers may fish both the Canadian and U.S. sides of the river, and anglers planning to fish in Canada are advised to contact Canadian Customs at 888-226-7277. The weigh-in station opens at noon at the boat launch at Whitaker Park, and all fish must be weighed prior to removing a boat from the water.

Cash prizes will consist of all entry fees minus $200, and the breakdown is 50 percent for first place, 25percent for second place, 15 percent for third place, and 10 percent for fourth place. In addition, the big fish in each category will receive a free mount courtesy of Nature’s Trophies in Flackville. The cash awards and other prizes will be awarded at 4 p.m. at JC River Run Bar and Grill. For more information, contact Mike Gagne 769-1902 (work) or 384-3450 (home), or visit http://www.stlawrenceriverwalleyeassociation.com.

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