Fish & Fishing
Pre-Fishing. – To practice on the same lake you are going to be competing on at a later date.
2-1(a) Pre-fishing is permitted up to, and including, the day before an event. All teams must be off the body of water by 5 pm. If, for some reason, you are still on the water, all rods “MUST BE” secured in a rod locker or to the deck of the boat. If a team member is found to be fishing beyond the 5pm cut off. Both team members will be disqualified from the next day’s event.
2-1(b) The only exception to (a) would be a Bass season opening weekend tournament. There is no fishing allowed 2 weeks prior to the Saturday before the tournament. You may be on the water with no rods or any other fishing tackle, If an event is being held on the Sunday of the Bass season opener, you may Pre-fish the day before the event.
2-1(c) Classic pre-fishing is allowed up to 5 pm of the Friday before Classic.
Catch & Retain Limits: 2-2
2-2(a) “All tournaments” are 5 fish limit “per team”. You are not to have more than your 5 fish limit in your livewells at any time that your main motor is in operation. Teams must cull down to 5 weighable fish prior to weigh-in, or TOP BASS will cull fish starting with the largest fish.
2-2(b) Teams weighing in dead fish will be penalized one half of a (.5) pound from their total weight for each dead fish. Dead fish cannot be weighed in for Big Fish of the Day.
Remember that All Federal & Provincial laws must be obeyed at all times.
- · Provincial livewell rule: (Excerpt from theOntario fishing regulations)
Generally, daily catch limits include all fish that are retained for any period of time and not immediately released.
Anglers fishing from a boat may now catch, hold and selectively live release, more walleye, northern pike, largemouth or smallmouth bass than the daily limit, provided:
(a) the fish are held in a livewell with a mechanical aerator operating at all times.
A livewell is a compartment designed to keep fish alive. For a livewell to be used to selectively release bass, walleye and northern pike, it must be attached to or form part of a boat, hold a total volume of not less than 46 litres (10 gallons) of water, have the capacity for water exchange and be mechanically aerated at all times when live fish are being held in it.
(b) the fish comply with any applicable size limits.
(c) the Sport or Conservation Fishing Licence daily catch and retain limits for walleye or northern pike are not exceeded at any one time.
(d) no more than six largemouth or smallmouth bass (or any combination) caught under a sport fishing licence are retained at any one time, and,
(e) the Conservation Fishing Licence catch and retain limits for largemouth and smallmouth bass (or any combination) are not exceeded at any one time. (A conservation Licence is “NOT” eligible in any TOP BASS Fishing Series events.)
Anglers are reminded to closely monitor the condition of fish held in a livewell. Only fish that are in such a condition that they will survive may be released. Releasing a fish that will not survive and allowing the flesh of that fish to be wasted is an offence. Any fish not live-released are part of your daily catch and retain limit.
2-2(c) All fish being presented for weigh in by a team competing in the event of that day, must have been caught by the members of the team presenting the fish. They must also have been caught during the hours of the event. Any infraction of this rule will deem a disqualification of the team or teams involved.
2-2(d) All competitors must have a valid Ontario Sport Fishing License on their person at all times during all TOP BASS Fishing Series events. Failure to produce your valid license will result in the disqualification of your team.
Size Limits: 2-3
2-3(a) The minimum size limit for all fish is 13 inches tip to tip (Mouth and tail closed).
2-3(b) Any bass or walleye measuring less than 13 inches will be removed from the teams total count and will not be weighed. In addition there will be a one (1) pound penalty deducted from the team’s total weight.
2-3(c) Bass: Any combination of small mouth or large mouth bass only.
2-3(d) Walleye: (Walleye invitational only) 5 walleye only. Teams must abide by any slot limits being imposed on the lake they are competing on.
2-3(e) Combinations: (Combo Only) Any 5 Bass and / or Walleye. Teams must abide by any slot limits being imposed on the lake they are competing on.
2-3 (f) Big Fish: Any team wishing to weigh a fish for BIG FISH must chose their fish quickly and will only be permitted to weigh “ONE” fish from their catch”.
2-4(a) All fish must be caught using “ARTIFICIAL BAIT”. A team is not permitted to have any live bait on their boat at any time during an event. No previously alive bait is permitted. Boats may be inspected by the TOP BASS officials at any time if the use of Live bait is suspected.
2-4(b) All bait and tackle must be legal within the Federal and Provincial Fisheries laws for the area you are fishing that day.
2-5(a) No fishing is permitted within 75 feet of any other competitors, while anchored and trolling motor up. This includes “Mechanical Anchors”.
2-5(b) No fishing is permitted within 150 feet of any Ministry of Natural Resources nets.
2-5(c) Fishing boundaries are defined as all “waters which are accessible by boat only”. Locking from lake to lake is not permitted. No trespassing on private property.
2-5(d) At least one competitor must remain in the boat at all times. If one competitor is out of the boat for any reason (example, to use a washroom) the other competitor is not permitted to continue fishing.