Chautauqua Lake Bassmasters

2017 Tournament Rules


  1. All competitors are expected to follow the highest standards of Sportsmanship, Courtesy, Safety, and Conservation.  Any infraction of these principles may be cause for disqualification.  No points or prize money will be awarded             

for any disqualification.

  1. Each competitor must complete and sign the official entry form prior to the start of the tournament. No exception!

  2. Only artificial lures may be used (pork baits o.k.) and trolling is not allowed. (bass tournaments only)

  3. Only largemouth and smallmouth bass will be weighed.  Except where local regulations are different, no more   

than five (5) bass per angler in a points tournament and no more than five (5) bass per team in a open team tournament may be brought to the scales and all must be at least 12 inches in length (measured closed mouth and tail fanned).  A penalty of one pound plus loss of fish will be assessed for each short fish brought to the scales. A courtesy Golden Rule will be available before the weigh-in.

  1. All boats must have a suitable aerated container to keep a tournament limit of bass alive and healthy.A¼  pound (.25) penalty will be deducted for each dead fish weighed in. Culling of dead fish is not allowed.

6.) There will be an Official Checkpoint for the morning boat check and check-in for every tournament. Contestants  

      must leave the tournament send off location by boat and must return by boat, except in emergency situations.  

7.) Every boat must be checked for adherence to the rules prior to send off during all tournaments.

8.) A one (1) pound penalty will be assessed for each minute you are late to the check-in, and loss of that day’s catch  

     after fifteen (15) minutes late to check-in.  Neither contestant in a boat, stopping to help another contestant

     in an emergency situation, will be penalized for being late to check-in as long as the tournament director  

     has been notified either directly or other means.  All fishing ceases upon check-in.

9.) Each contestant may use only one (1) rod at a time.  (bass tournament only)

10.) There will be no fishing within twenty-five (25) yards of:  another tournament boat that is anchored, an active or  

      inactive gas pump, or the Official Tournament send off and check-in location.

11.) Cutting ahead of another contestant fishing a shoreline will not be tolerated.  (see rule #1)

12.) All contestants must have an approved U.S. Coast Guard floatation device in the boat at all times and it must be  

      worn and fastened whenever the combustion engine is running with the exception of charging batteries while fishing.

13.) Anyone caught adding to or altering a fish in any manner will be disqualified.

14.) No illegal drugs and/or alcohol shall be consumed or allowed in the boat during tournament hours.  Being under  

      the influence is prohibited and will result in disqualification.

15.) In the event of a tie in an Open tournament, big bass will determine prize money and place. If no big bass was recorded each of the tied participants will equally split the prize money of the two places in question and a coin toss will determine plaques.

    In the event of a tie for big bass or crappie, the team/individual will equally split the money.

In the event of a tie during a members Points tournament, participants will receive the same points and equally split the prize money and a coin toss will determine plaques.

     16.) The Tournament Director’s decision is final at each event.  A formal written appeal must be filed with the  

      Tournament Director within ten (10) minutes of his/her final decision.  Any and all complaints against another

       contestant must be filed before the end of the weigh-in.  No complaints will be heard or acted upon thereafter.

17.) The weigh-in will begin approximately fifteen (15) minutes after tournament hours.  You are expected to check-

      in.  Call or tell another contestant if you cannot make the weigh-in or expect to be more than one-half hour late.  

      Failure to notify the Tournament Director by some appropriate means will be cause for disqualification.

18.) Anyone leaving the tournament site for any reason before the weigh-in, or fails to turn in their weigh-in voucher

      at the weigh-in, will not receive any weight, or points, including show points.

19.) Every contestant is responsible for his/her own insurance coverage.

20.) If a boater or non-boater is going to be late for the tournament, it is his/her responsibility to contact the  

     Tournament Director cell phone (716-720-6498) before the start of the tournament.  Failure to do

      so will result in disqualification.  Final decision will be up to the tournament committee members present.