As a voluntary program, fishing event organizers are strongly urged to use the Tournament webpage to register and report on their events by clicking here. Tournament planners can avoid space conflicts with other previously registered events by adjusting the date, time, specific launch areas or weigh-in site for their activities.
Other recreational anglers and boaters can check the web site to see when and where fishing events are scheduled. This will assist them in planning their activities and also help avoid potential space conflicts. Additional permits may be required by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or the U.S. Forest Service.
If the launch site for your tournament involves using a marina ramp, please contact the marina operator before scheduling your tournament.
There are over 1,000 fishing tournaments held annually in Kentucky waters. These can be a valuable source of information to our fishery biologists. Following each scheduled event, tournament organizers are asked to report their catch data directly on the tournament web site or on forms which can be sent via postal mail. Voluntary cooperation from tournament organizers will be used in making fishery management decisions. At the end of the tournament season, a summary of tournament results will be sent to all providers. If not provided with one, contact your local fisheries district office. They will provide a packet.
KEEPING YOUR BASS ALIVE
Kentucky Fish and Wildlife recommends tournament anglers and directors follow these simple steps during summer tournaments that run from June through August. Summer tournament fishing places great stress on bass due to high water temperatures. The Bigger tournaments Fishing tournaments involving 100 or more boats are regulated and permitted by the Division of Law Enforcement, 1-800-858-1549. fisheries division of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife recommends these procedures for keeping bass alive during summer tournaments.
- Stress caused by handling and livewell confinement is the major factor that increases mortality of tournament caught bass. Hot water and low oxygen increase stress.
- Stress can be reduced by continual operation of the aerator in a closed livewell. Do not pump hot lake water into the livewell.
- Keeping livewell temperature 5-10 degrees F cooler than the lake water greatly reduces stress. Cool water holds more oxygen.
- Two frozen ½ gallon jugs of water or an 8 pound ice block will cool a 30 gallon livewell by 10 degrees F for about 3 hours. To avoid temperature shock, do not cool by more than 10 degrees. Livewell temperature should never be allowed to rise above 85 degrees F. Extra jugs or blocks of ice can be carried in a cooler or insulated boat compartment.
- Livewell temperatures should be checked every hour with ice added or removed as needed.
- Non-iodized salt (available at farm supply stores) helps reduce stress. Add ⅓ cup per 5 gallons of livewell water. Salt can be pre-measured for the size of your livewell and put in small plastic bags
- If you have more than 10 pounds of bass in your livewell you should exchange ½ the water half way through your tournament day. Remember to adjust the temperature and add ½ a dose of salt when you add fresh water.
- Operate the weigh-in process as quickly and efficiently as possible to reduce stress on the bass.
Fishing tournaments involving 100 or more boats are regulated and permitted by the Dividion of Law Enforcement, 1-800-858-1549.
These simple procedures can significantly increase the survival of tournament caught and released bass providing a chance to catch these bass again in future tournaments.
Littering is not only unsightly, but is harmful to humans and wildlife. Fishing line should be discarded in the trash or at a recycling center, not in or around bodies of water. Discarded fishing line may be hazardous to wildlife and the lower unit of boats. Animals may be ensnared in the line and lose appendages or die. Fishing line caught in a prop shaft may cause seal leaks and lower unit failure. Anglers, unfortunately, are often the biggest litter bugs. These actions cast a bad light on all anglers. Littering in or around any public waterway is against the law. Please be responsible.
FISH CONSUMPTION ADVISORIES
The Kentucky Departments for Environmental Protection, Health Services and Fish and Wildlife Resources jointly issue a fish consumption advisory to the public when fish are found contaminated. Trace contaminants such as polychlorinated biphenyl(PCB) and chlordane are found in some fish in Kentucky. An advisory cautions people about potential health problems that may result from eating fish caught from a particular area. An advisory does not ban eating fish; it is a guide to reduce your risk. This guide provides information on how often fish may be safely eaten. Most fish are healthy to eat and are an excellent source of low-fat protein.
Women of childbearing age, children 6 years of age or younger, pregnant and nursing women and women who plan to become pregnant should follow the advisories in the “Sensitive Population” category.
All waters are under advisory for mercury. Women of childbearing age and children 6 years of age or younger should eat no more than one meal per-week of freshwater fish. Adult men and other women are not included in the consumption notice.
This is not an emergency as organic mercury can occur naturally in the environment and does not affect swimmers, skiers or boaters. Fish can accumulate low levels of mercury by eating plankton and other small aquatic creatures.
REDUCE YOUR RISK
Risks from eating contaminated fish can be reduced by the following:
- fillet the fish, remove the skin and trim all fat
- do not eat fish eggs
- broil, grill or bake the fillets instead of frying or microwaving
- do not eat or reuse juices or fats that cook out of the fish
A new method for reporting fish consumption advisories has been adopted. Consumption rates for specific fish have been developed based on a meal of ½ pound of fish (before cooking) eaten by a 150-pound individual. Following these guidelines and spacing your meals of those fish species will limit your health risks by reducing your total exposure. See table on the next page.
Consumption advisories are also in effect for fish in the following waters:
- Drakes Creek, Simpson/Warren County: All fish from dam on W. Fork at Franklin, Ky. downstream to confluence with Barren River. (PCB)
- Little Bayou Creek: All fish from section of creek located in McCracken County. (PCB) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants Kentucky anglers to know more about nutrient pollution in our waterways. Log on to the E.P.A. website at www.epa.gov/nutrientpollution/.