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Sun., Oct. 4
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St.Lawrence Walleye Association sets 13th Annual Challenge


The 13th annual St. Lawrence River Walleye Challenge Team Tournament is slated for Saturday, August 2 at the Massena Intake Boat Launch. Sponsored by the St. Lawrence River Walleye Association, the event is a two-person team competition featuring payouts (based on number of teams competing) for the top three places: 50% and plaques for first, 30% for second, and 20% for third. Winning teams will be determined by the total weight of three walleyes, and numerous door prizes will also be awarded.

Registration will take place on Friday, August 1 at the Massena Rod and Gun Club (Patterson Road) from 6-7:30 p.m. Tournament entry fee is $50 per team, and there is an additional $5 conservation fee per non-SLRWA members to aid walleye-stocking efforts in the river. Teams can also participate ($20) in the optional 100% payback Big Fish Contest.

Tournament rules will be reviewed at the registration meeting, and teams will draw their boat numbers. Fishing hours extend from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m., and all teams must be present in the water at the Massena Intake by 5:45 a.m. Tournament boundaries include both American and Canadian waters from the Iroquois Dam at Waddington to the topside of the Robert Moses Dam at Massena. If anglers plan to fish in Canada, they should report to Canadian Customs by calling 888-226-7277. In the case of poor weather conditions, a rain date for the event has been set for Sunday, August 3.

Tournament organizers request safety, integrity, and sportsmanship from all participants. For more information, contact Mike Gagner at 769-1902(work), 384-3450 (home), or Information is also available by visiting

Winners of 2013

Walleye Challenge

Ben Nightingale and Randy Gravline will be looking to defend their 2013 Walleye Challenge title when the angling team won first place with a three-fish weight of 15.59 pounds.

The team of Danny Hart and Jerry Grenon placed second last year with a 14.64-pound catch while Rob Eddy and Mike Bradish entered a 13.70-pound catch for the third-place cash prize. Hart also won the Big Fish competition with a 9.16-pound walleye.

International Junior

Carp Tournament

The 12th annual St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament for boys and girls ages 11-18 is scheduled for Thursday-Saturday, August 14-16 along a 30-mile stretch of the St. Lawrence River from Ogdensburg to Massena. Matt Conger of Ogdensburg, who fished the tournament every year from 2003 until “aging out” at 18, will serve as the Grand Marshal of this year’s event.

The $125 entry fee covers participation in all tournament-related events during the three days, and those events include the pre-tournament fishing school sponsored by Mort Backus and Sons. When youths register, they can register to fish as an individual, with another person, or as part of a four-person team. The Junior Carp Tournament is a catch-and-release event hosted by the St. Lawrence County Chamber of Commerce. Interested youths can pick up registration forms at the County Chamber (101 Main St. in Canton) or download them at For more information, contact the county chamber at 386-4000.

College Bass Championship

Most college students ended the school year two months ago upon completing their final exams. Such is not the case for 167 student-anglers, though, as they will be taking their final exam, the Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, from July 31-August 2 on the Chatuge Reservoir in northeast Georgia. Those students comprise 84 two-person teams representing colleges and universities from across the country.

At stake in the Bassmaster College Championship are scholarships, bragging rights, and the chance for one college angler to compete in the prestigious 2015 Bassmaster Classic. Qualifying schools from the Eastern Region are University of North Carolina at Charlotte, East Carolina University, Georgetown College, University of Tennessee-Chattanooga, University of Tennessee, Western Carolina University, Eastern Kentucky University, Bethel University (5 teams), Tennessee Tech University (2 teams), West Virginia University, Clemson University, and the University of South Carolina.

For updated information on the College Championship, visit

Outdoors Calendar

July 21—Trap and Skeet Shoot at Lisbon Sportsmen’s Club on Pray Rd. at 5:30 p.m.

July 23—Trap Shoot at Black Lake F&G Association at 7 p.m.(869-6051).

July 24—Sporting Clays Shoot at Black Lake F&G Association at 1 p.m. (323-5585).

July 26—Chicken barbecue at Massena Rod and Gun Club (769-3205).

July 26—14th Annual Raquette Lake Bass Tournament (

July 26—Northern NY Bassmasters Tournament at SLR, Waddington (

July 26-27—SLC Trappers’ Rendezvous, Gun Show, and Flea Market at Massena R&G Club.

August 2—SLR Walleye Association’s 13 Annual Walleye Challenge Tournament (384-3450).

Aug. 16: A Vintage Military Bolt-Action Rifle and John C. Garand Match will held at the Massena Rifle and Pistol Club on Patterson Road, Massena. Registration will begin at 1 p.m. and the match will start at 2 p.m.The rifle match entry fee is $10.

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