Southern Oregon Kayak Fishing AOY
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The goal of the Angler Of the Year (AOY) tournament is to connect local fishermen and help teach fishermen more about fishing in and around southern Oregon. We hope to see the AOY used as a spring board for species specialists to share knowledge and for the generalist to be able to learn more about specific species and where/how to fish for them from experienced anglers.
Tournament Location: Oregons SE zone with the addition of Howards Prairie, Fish Lake, Indian Tom Lake, Lake of the Woods, Diamond Lake, Crescent Lake and Odell Lake
Events & Schedule
Rules and Regulations
1. All fish entered must be caught by hook and line (i.e. hooked, fought, and landed) from a human power kayak, canoe, SUP/boards of no greater than 42" wide. The watercraft must be powered by a double bladed paddle (kayak style), leg drive system (Mirage or others), or single bladed paddle (canoe or SUP). Double/tandem paddlers are allowed. The use of amas/outriggers is allowed. Inflatible vessels paddled kayak or canoe style meeting the maximum width restrictions are allowed. Float tubes, belly boats, kick boats, and the like are NOT allowed. Vessels paddled rowing style are NOT allowed.
No mothershipping (defined in more detail in rule #10) allowed, the kayak must be under human powered control from launch until landing. Sails and/or motors are not allowed onboard even if they are not used.
All entries must be caught without aid from anyone else and using methods deemed legal according to the body of water from which they are caught.
2. Photographic evidence of fish size (total length) against a Hawg trough measuring device. Hawg Troughs must be inspected by Tournament staff to insure compliance. Photographs must be clear, with measurements easily read. It is recommended to use a sharpie on measuring devices that are not clearly marked. All entries must be rounded down to the nearest quarter inch. The ENTIRE fish must show on the measuring device in at least 1 picture. Missing portions of the head or tail will result in a disqualification of the fish. Any fish that has the appearance of possibly being not qualified for entry (such as the appearance of an adipose fin from a non native retention body of water) will be disqualified. Participants are responsible for ensuring the pictures are of sufficient quality to demonstrate the legality of the catch as defined by the laws of the respective state. Fish may NOT be gutted, have their throat cut or ripped through, or manipulated in any way prior to photographs being taken. Cutting of gills is permitted. Tails may be pressed together or tilted. All entries this year will have admin approval before appearing as official entries. There may be a few days lag between the time you post a picture and the time it appears on the site.
4. All fish entered must be caught in Oregon's South East Zone with the exception of Indian Tom Lake/Howards Prairie/Diamond Lake. Fish caught from waterways with restricted access to the public, such as members only or private waterways or aquaculture operations, are not allowed. Fish caught from waters where anglers have to pay on a per fish basis, such as trout farms, are not allowed.
5. The pool covers the following species/groups: Brown Trout, Brook Trout, Cutthroat trout, Redband Trout, Tiger Trout, Rainbow trout (stocked fish), Smallmouth Bass, Largemouth Bass, Panfish (Blue Gill, Pumpkin Seeds etc), Crappie White/Black, Kokanee, Lake (Mackinaw) Trout, Catfish, Yellow Perch, Hybrid Bass (wiper).
6. All entries must have location data (lat/long) submitted in iAngler to verify public access and to validate score.
7. The top 3 biggest fish from each angler's top 7 species will be used towards the angler’s total points.
8. Panfish are defined as the following common names (freshwater sunfish, blue gill, etc, excluding crappie). Yellow perch are a separate category.
9. Entries must be posted within 1 weeks of being caught and photographed. No "hoarding" of entries.
10. Use of motherships is prohibited. "Mothership" is defined as arriving by and launching from a boat. Use of a vessel(e.g. water taxi, ferry, or privately owned boat) to travel to a destination for overnight or multi-day trips is not considered mothershipping. Camping on boats is permitted and kayaks may be launched from the boat, as long as the vessel was moored overnight and the kayaks are launched from the overnight mooring location.
11. Fish caught while participating in, or in conjunction with, a paid and/or guided trip may not be entered. This includes guides, comped participants, and paid clients.
12. Use of wind power by sail is allowed only if all other craft restrictions (see rule #1) are followed.
13. For fish submissions that are marked "on the fly", photographic evidence of the fish must include the fly reel, fly line, or fly rod in at least one photo with the fish.
Participants agree to release, discharge, hold harmless and indemnify Southern Oregon Kayak Fishing from any and all claims, demands, and causes of any kind. This includes but not limited to all liability for property and/or personal injury claims or damages of any kind, nature, known or unknown, permanent or otherwise, sustained by any party involved in the Southern Oregon Kayak Fishing AOY Tournament.