Jul 17, 2014

The second edition of the now annual Land O’ Lakes Large and Smallmouth Bass Fishing Tournament is set to reel anglers to the region on Saturday, August 16. In its inaugural year the tournament drew nearly 400 fishermen to the region to partake in an incredible day of fishing across the five different lakes. This year the tournament shifts to mostly different areas of the Land O’ Lakes. “Our central hub for the tournament this year is Beaver Lake in Stone Mills Township,” says Lucas Wales, general manager for LOLTA. “After the tournament is over there is going to be a BBQ and prizes handed out at Lakeview Tavern with a live band playing after the tournament.”

“We’ve also got Skootamatta, Kashwakamak, Bob’s & Stoco Lake in the line up for this year, and some awesome cash prizes across each lake.” He continues, “There is $500 up for grabs on each lake for the angler who reels in the biggest bass. We’re also running a promotion until Canada Day that centers around tickets sales to the event. If we can sell 350 tickets by noon on Canada Day then we will be giving away $1000 to the angler who catches the largest bass overall on the day.”

Again, like at last year’s event, there is a prize just for purchasing a ticket without having to fish the tournament itself. The prize is for a 2014 Legend 14 FT Ultralite Boat with a motor and trailer. There is an iPad up for grabs this year as well. Your odds of winning these prizes is 1 in 500.

“At the end of the day, it’s really about the economic benefits that these tournaments bring to some of our small communities. If we can bring in 500 people to the Land O’ Lakes region for a Saturday, that is going to give a big boost to our area businesses and create some awareness about not just fishing, but other things our communities have to offer as well. We have such a diverse region with our dark skies, awesome trails system, and topnotch golf courses, but it’s really our lakes that we are known for. If we can continue to bring people into the area, they are going to naturally begin to discover the other adventures too.” Tickets are available online at this link: http://bit.ly/1pUcjw9. You can also purchase your tickets at various businesses in the area: Sunset Family Campground, Sharbot Lake Employment Services, North Frontenac Township Office, Fernleigh Lodge. A detailed listing of places is posted on the Land O’ Lakes website travellandolakes.com.

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