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A new fly-fishing tournament to be held on four trout-stocked lakes is among this year’s competitive events for anglers in the central Canadian province of Manitoba. The inaugural Bug Chucker Cup – Manitoba Stillwater is June 1-2 in the western Manitoba town of Roblin and the neighboring area. The locally organized annual event is Manitoba’s only fly-fishing tournament. Roblin was the site of the 2010 Canadian National Fly Fishing Championships.
Anglers will compete in two-person teams, fishing from boats for brook, brown, rainbow, and tiger trout on East Goose Lake, Persse Lake, Twin Lakes, and a fourth aerated lake yet to be announced. Each team will fish on two different lakes each day at assigned times.
Anglers must supply their own watercraft. Tournament co-chair Bill Pollack expects most will fish from single-person inflatable devices such as float tubes or pontoon boats, with a few using 12- or 14-foot aluminum boats. Gasoline engines are forbidden.
Prizes range from $50 to $100 per team member. First-, second- and third-prize winners receive free entry to the 2013 tournament. Merchandise prizes will be awarded in other categories.
Judging for the catch-and-release event is based on the total combined length of fish caught by each team. Each team member can register three fish per lake, or a total of 12 per person for the tournament.
For information, call 204-937-8925 or 204-937-3324 or visit www.bugchuckercup.com.
- On June 30, the Great Northern Pike Live Release Fish Derby will be held on Berge Lake. Prizes range from $500 to $10,000 Entry fee is $100. Information is available at www.lynnlake.ca and by calling 204-356-8017.
- On July 7, the southern Manitoba town of Gimli, cultural capital of the province’s Icelandic community, will hold its annual Kids Fishing Derby in its harbor on Lake Winnipeg. Kids catch whitefish, walleye, perch, and other species. Fishing tackle is awarded to first-, second- and third-place winners. Admission is free and all participants receive a commemorative medal. Information is available at 204-642-7929 or www.gimli.ca.
- On Aug. 4-6, anglers will try to land specially tagged northern pike and smallmouth bass at the Bissett Fishing Derby on Rice Lake in the southeastern Manitoba town of Bissett. Tagged fish can bring prizes ranging from $50 to $1,500. The entry fee is $20 (Canadian). For information, call 204-277-5463.
For comprehensive information about sport fishing and hunting opportunities in Manitoba’s “accessible wilderness,” visit www.manitobamonsters.com or call Travel Manitoba at 800-665-0040. ♦