We are excited to announce a NEW format for ONE of our tournaments this year. The tournament that will take place on June 4th and 5th will be called the 2021 SAWT Walleye Challenge! This tournament will be held on the lake of the anglers choice including Lake Newell, Rolling Hills Reservoir or Scope Lake. Each boat will make this choice for each day. For the safety of our members, the Executive will ask which body of water you are fishing so that we can account for everyone starting and returning home at the end of each day.
The Executive of the SAWT would like to confirm we are continuing with the same format as past years for the Chin Reservoir – May 21st and 22nd, Milk River Ridge Reservoir (Angler Young Angler) – June 12th, and the 40 Mile Reservoir – June 18th and 19th tournaments. We will be adopting this new format for the June 4th and 5th tournament at Lake Newell, Rolling Hills Reservoir and Scope Reservoir. Therefore, cancelling the tournament at Sherburne Reservoir – June 4th and 5th.
The rules for this multi lake tournament are that all anglers must follow the Alberta Fishing Regulations. All SAWT tournaments are CATCH-PHOTO-RELEASE. There are to be NO FISH in any live well at any time. Measuring boards will be handed out at boat inspection each morning prior to launch and your personal SD cards are still required to be handed in between 3:00-3:30pm each day. For the June 4th and 5th tournament, the SAWT has a depth restriction of 30 feet or less. The SAWT is also a BARBLESS TRAIL. All hooks MUST HAVE pinched barbs. Pre-fish on Thursday, anglers must be off all the lakes by 3:00pm. Registration will be on Thursday, June 3rd from 4:00pm – 7:00pm at the tournament Head Quarters (location to be determined.) Anglers currently registered in the tournament for June 4th and 5th at Sherburne Reservoir will have the first opportunity to transfer over to the new tournament at Lake Newell, Rolling Hills Reservoir and Scope Reservoir. For those already registered please contact Carla at email@example.com ASAP to advise if transferring over to the new lakes or by text at (403) 317-0559.
All tournaments for 2021 will be capped at a maximum of 80 boats. The SAWT has expanded into this new venture to open up greater opportunities for the SAWT.
Pictured below is a sticker of the Invasive Species Programs in Alberta. All watercraft must be registered with the waterbody you choose. It is also a requirement for out of province watercraft to produce a valid Government of Alberta Inspection form from an Alberta inspection station that corresponds with your trip if no proof of inspection is presented that Watercraft will not be allowed entry
Any questions please contact any one of the executives by the contact link at the bottom of page.
Sincerely, SAWT Executives
Brian Eberts – President
Chad Wiebe – Vice President
Pacer Wilson – Vice President
Carla Johnson – Secretary
Michelle Wiebe – Co-Ordinator
Accommodations and campsites are to be booked by the Anglers, the SAWT will not be able to secure additional camping for the June 4/5 tournament. There are several campgrounds in the area, they are first come first serve.
If you are planning on fishing Lake Newell/Rolling Hills/Scope Tournament please send registration and email Carla at firstname.lastname@example.org to secure a spot as this tournament may fill up prior to
This year we are hoping to get a few individuals or business to sponsor our awards for winning teams. If you or someone you know may be interested in any of the categories listed below, please mail or call us about this great opportunity.
*Team of the Year Jackets
*Winning Tournament BIG Cheque
*Cool Under Pressure
Our tournament opener at Chin is approaching fast....See you there!!!!!!
These are HOW you are supposed to do it. Jaw touching, squeezed or not 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.
Pre Fishing: Pre Fishing hours are from 6:30am until 2:30pm sharp on the Wednesday and the Thursday prior to each tournament. During pre-fishing no fish can be harvested, this is still a catch and release time for all participating boats and SAWT members. No pre-fishing can occur the Monday and Tuesday prior to each tournament, if you intend on fishing the tournament registered ot not you are not permitted to pre-fish the Monday and Tuesday before each tournament as our CFE license states.
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 or open and tails pinched or not 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 5 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.
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We have the Kinsmen Group Camp booked on the west side of the bridge from May 18-24 (approx 20 units can fit in)
-Lake Newell/Rolling Hills/Tilley B-
Rolling Hills has a first come first served booking policy, please inquire with campground about availability. Brooks has a few hotels to stay at as well.
-Forty Mile Reservoir-
Self registration is available through Forty Mile website and the pavilion rented June 17-19 for registration
Hello everyone, i'm sure you are all excited to get back on the water (even though the ice fishing hasn't been too bad either 😃)
We have some great lakes this year again, and now we've decided to switch back to fishing Friday and Saturdays!!! Our AYA kids Tournament is back and we're so excited to get out fishing with the kids, so spread the word!!!
There's a few rule changes that will be released that we will highlight for you to read up on. Memberships for the upcoming 2021 season can be purchased when you register for your tournaments which is included in your entry form.
Registration forms and updated 2021 rules will be posted March 15 and will be ready for you to send them in......so remember...... please please please pre-register, even if you don't pay right away its always great to have a good idea how many teams we will have in advance!
On Friday June 18 we are meeting at the Forty Mile Pavilion after fishing hours, we will be having our year end meeting to discuss the upcoming 2022 season, you must be a member to have a say in the upcoming year!
We ask that our SAWT members and company please be respectful towards our lakes that we are lucky to be able to fish at and the campgrounds rules and regulations that they're enforcing. As a well represented fishing trail we strive to keep our reputation level at a high, from the way we present ourselves at the SAWT tournaments down to our environmental conservation ethics that we practice.
We would like to have raffle draws again this year (if COVID regulation let us) So we're looking for prizes, or prize sponsors to help out with that. If you are interested contact one of our executives or drop us an email below!!
There will be lots more info to come so
keep checking back!!
Big THANK YOU to Lund, Alberta Marine and Mercury for sponsoring this fantastic prize!
In order to win Team of the year 2021, it is based on total points earned from all three event dates. If any one of the tournaments is cancelled for any reason there will not be a team of the year prize handed out.
2021 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.
Click the LUND AYA Logo below for more information on LUND Boats and their products!
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!