On May 4-5, 2013, the Bay of Quinte will welcome anglers to the 33rd Annual Kiwanis Walleye World Fishing Derby.
This is the largest walleye derby in the world, attracting thousands of anglers, and with over $260,000 in prizes to be won.
This is a live release event, with weight station throughout the Bay of Quinte Region, including Brighton, Quinte West, Belleville, Deseronto, Hay Bay, Picton, Wellington and the Sandbanks.
Fishing opens on May 4 at 12:01 am and closes May 5 at 4:00 pm. The walleye season officially opens on May 4 in the Quinte Region, MNR Zone 20. Adult tickets are $35 and youth tickets are $15 and can be purchased through participating retailers throughout Ontario and online at http://www.kiwaniswalleyeworld.com.
New this year, is Adult and Youth Mini Competitions at headquarters in Trenton. The Adult Mini Competition is on Saturday with the three largest fish weighed in, between 11:00 am and 5:00 pm, earning prizes provided by Snap-On Tools. The Youth Mini Competition runs on Sunday from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with prizes provided by the Trenton Elks Lodge and Lunkerhunt.
“We see an opportunity to continue as one of the premiere fishing derbies in North America by creating a stronger image and incorporating new ideas,” says Remco de Gooyer, Derby Chair, in a recent press release.
“We have expanded the number of Walleye and Pike prizes this year,” says de Gooyer. Adults can compete in the Walleye or Pike category with ten prizes in each for the largest fish caught. First place adult winners will be going home with a boat, motor and trailer courtesy of North Country Marine. Youth can compete in either category with the top five in each receiving prizes.
Additional prizes include a hidden weight prize at each weigh station, random draw prizes and over $200,000 in tagged fish available to be won. A complete list of prizes will be available on the event website at www.kiwaniswalleyeworld.com.
When is walleye fishing season in Bay of Quinte Region?
Walleye can be caught year round on the Bay of Quinte itself. Perhaps the best time of year is throughout the fall and winter, when large walleye, often weighing more than 10 lbs, migrate into the Bay of Quinte. This has made the Bay of Quinte Region Canada’s walleye fishing capital.