Welcome to the
Southern Alberta Walleye Trail
Thank you to the kind folks at Hooked Magazine for the opportunity to be part of their magazine, as well their generous sponsorship! We look forward to working with you in the upcoming seasons!
Hooked Magazine and SAWT are running a Photo Contest where SAWT members can provide 2 of their best photos with walleye measuring 65+cm. The picture can include family or friends in the photos with the walleye. The 2 best pictures chosen will be displayed in Hooked Magazine and receive $250.00.
If you currently are not a member of the SAWT and want to submit a photo, you must become a member by contacting us at www.sawt.ca
Please submit photos to SAWTPICTURECONTEST@gmail.com. Contest closes September 30, 2019.
Big thank you to LUND for supporting the SAWT once again in 2018.
Stay tunned for upcoming 2019 Tournament information as it comes in!!!
May 24 & 25, 2019 CFE# 585336
June 7 & 8, 2019 CFE#585335
June 15, 2019 CFE#585330
June 21 & 22, 2019 CFE#585331
The last tournament on June 21 and 22nd, 2019 at 40 Mile Reservoir will be a regular tournament at $500 entry fee plus the option to enter a bonus tournament for an additional entry fee of $300. This is a separate payout component in addition to the regular tournament.
The payout for the Bonus Entry participants will be paid cash for the top 5 teams. This is a 100% payout:
1st place = 50%
2nd place = 25%
3rd place = 15%
4th place = 5%
5th place = 5%
PRE-FISHING: Pre-fishing hours are from half an hour prior to sunrise until 1:00 pm sharp the Thursday prior to the tournament. No pre-fishing can occur from Monday through to Wednesday prior to each tournament.
MEASURING FISH: Only Walleye, Sauger and Saugeye are eligible for measuring. All fish will be measured in millimeters (mm) and translated to a pound (lb.) measurement for the purpose of calculating heaviest fish and total weight of all fish entered. All measuring boards will be provided by SAWT and one will be given to each team during boat inspection along with all other necessary paperwork
PHOTO PICTURES: All fish are to be measured with the left side of the fish facing up (belly towards the angler). The full fish must be visible in the entire picture. Measured fish can be 45cm or larger when measured with their mouths closed and tails fully pinched. In the event a photo designates a fish to be scored is judged by SAWT to be unscorable, a replacement fish will not be allowed. Any fish that appears to have been mangled, mashed, mauled, or otherwise altered will be credited only at the discretion of SAWT officials and may result in team disqualification for the day or the event.
SCORING PHOTOS: While the fish is being held on the ruler, a "SCORING" photo must be taken of the fish which clearly shows the overall length of the fish. The HEAD and TAIL of the fish must be included and shown clearly. The photograph must be taken of the left side of the fish only. A photo that does not show the list of qualifications above WILL NOT BE SCORED. More than one attempt to get a valid scoring photo is allowed. The fish must then be immediately released back into the water.
CATCH-PICTURE-RELEASE: In the instance when two or more fish are caught at the same time, the Catch-Picture-Release process requires that one fish be measured, photographed, and released as quickly as possible before the next fish can be processed.
SUBMITTING PHOTOS: A maximum of 4 pictures can be on each teams SD card, each of different fish, and one card is submitted per team per day. A team can take multiple pictures of fish but must delete all pictures except the ones the team would like to submit for measuring at the end of the day. It is the responsibility of each team to carefully review all pictures and ensure no duplicates are submitted. *Any duplication of fish will automatically receive a weight of zero and the team may be disqualified at the discretion of the board.* ABSOLUTELY no video editing devices are allowed on any boat at any time. All boards and SD cards are to be submitted immediately after coming off of the water.
CELL PHONES, IPHONES, IPADS ARE NOT TO BE USED TO TAKE PICTUES WITH. YOU MUST USE A CAMERA WITH AN SD CARD WHICH IS TO BE SUPPLIED BY THE PARTICIPANTS OF THE TOURNAMENT.
These are HOW you are supposed to do it. Jaw touching, squeezed tail, no shadows or hands in the way, holding the fish down the middle of the board.
Please make sure the pictures are clear and you are able to read the official judge measuring board.
2019 AYA will be held at one of Southern Alberta finest reservoirs. Milk River Ridge is comprised of foothills, wetlands and grasslands home to several species of fish, birds and other wildlife. The Ridge campground is owned by the County of Warner No.5, but managed locally by a private contractor. The campground has 37 power sites and 23 non power sites with most amenities including a canteen, potable water, and septic removal site. Milk River Ridge is located approx 44km south-east of lethbridge along Hwy 506, south of the town of Raymond. Visit http://ridge-park-campground.com/ for more information on the campground and its facilities.
We are busy getting all the fine details in order for the tournament. Once everything has been finalized we will post the details here. But in the meantime, round up two of your favorite Young Anglers and mark on your calendar June 15, 2019 AYA at Milk River Ridge!!!!
The SAWT is all about family. We welcome not only fishing enthusiasts but their family and friends too. There's nothing better than seeing and meeting the important people in our fishing members lives at the tournaments! After the first day of fishing in our two day tournament, we gather for a great meal followed by raffle draws you can win donated by so many of our sponsors. We cant express enough the amazing people that are involved in the SAWT, which makes it so enjoyable coming back every year!
The executives and members of the SAWT care stongly about the future of where we live, wildlife and habitats in which they live in. Thats why our catch and release tournaments are very rewarding, not only do we get to do what we love but year after year we get to enjoy coming back to these beautiful Southern Alberta Lakes fishing for walleye, northern pike without harming the fish population!
At the end of the day, its all about the fishing! What can we say other than we love to fish, so why not share it with others who share the same passion.
We welcome old and new anglers to the trail. If you have a passion for fishing and enjoy the excitement of tournament fishing then you're at the right spot!