Derby organizers ask that fish over 23 inches be kept alive so that they might be released after being weighed in. Non-releasable fish will be subject to an 8-ounce penalty.
Interested anglers can register ($50 per two-person team) at JC River Run Bar & Grill in Waddington on Friday, May 3 from 6-7:30 p.m.
On-site registration ($10 penalty fee) will also be available prior to 5:30 a.m. on the day of the event. Too, participants who are not members of SLRWA will be assessed a $5 re-stocking fee. The derby is a 100 percent payback affair (minus $200).
The Waddington Boat Launch at Whitaker Park will serve as the starting point for all participants, and the launch will also serve as the weigh-in station. Fishing boundaries extend from the Ogdensburg International Bridge to the top side of Robert Moses Dam in Massena. Fishing hours are from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. Weigh-ins will be conducted at the boat launch from noon until 3 p.m., and awards will be presented at the nearby JC River Run Bar and Grill at 3 p.m.
In addition to cash prizes for the winners, numerous door prizes will be awarded.
In efforts to raise funds for its walleye stocking program and to promote St. Lawrence River walleye fishing, the St. Lawrence Valley Sportsmen’s Club is hosting its eighth annual SLVSC Walleye Derby on opening day. The event is an open-boundary one, and fishing hours extend from midnight until 4 p.m. Winning fish will be determined by weight.
Interested anglers can register ($20) in Ogdensburg at Hosmer’s Marina, Myer’s Pub, Vinn’s Tavern, and Fish’er Chips and in Lisbon at Sandy’s Bait and Tackle. Eligibility requires that all anglers in the boat be registered for the derby, and the minimum length for eligible walleyes is 21 inches. Weigh-ins will be held on the waterfront at Hosmer’s Marina from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. The waterfront weigh-in site allows anglers who wish to do so to release their catch.