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General Information - Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife ...

General Information - Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife ...

General Information - Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

GENERAL INFORMATION 18 FISHING TOURNAMENTS As a voluntary program, fishing event organizers are strongly urged to use the Tournament web site at fw.ky. gov/tournamentschedule.aspx to register and report on their events. 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 GENERAL INFORMATION 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. Bigger tournaments Fishing tournaments involving 100 or more boats are regulated and permitted by the Division of Law Enforcement, 1-800-858-1549. 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 fisheries division of Kentucky Fish and Wildlife recommends these procedures for keeping bass alive during summer tournaments. Obie Williams photo • 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.

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