Pinawa Pike Classic_300_300


Pinawa Pike Classic_300_300

Frequently Asked Questions

What does “no late start penalty” mean?
Fishers can start at any time between 8:00am and 4:59pm without penalties. If somebody would like to start between 8am and 4.59pm that is ok. Let’s say you want to sleep in or only fish afternoons, you are allowed to start or end within the noted time frame.

Are canoes or kayaks allowed in the tournament ?
Yes you can participate with a kayak or canoe as long as you can manage to be at the staging area to start (start/end point of each zone) and back at 5pm (end of the tournament day).

Can there only be one fisherman in a boat as a team?
No a team consists of two team members.

Could I go with the canoe in the Pinawa Channel as part of the tournament?
No the Pinawa Channel is landlocked and in this tournament not part of the area for fishing (See Rule # 2.3). All tributary waters in both zones are included as long as they can be reached with the boat directly without crossing land.

Is the total to be made up of the 5 largest fish on each day?
No it is your total of the five largest fish during both days of fishing.

What is a “Tiger Musky”?
A “Tiger Musky” is a naturally occurring cross, between Northern Pike and Musky, since they tend to spawn in the same areas. Normally they spawn about two weeks apart, Pike spawn first, with certain weather scenarios possibly triggering Musky to spawn at the same time.   Tiger Muskies are more compact than a true Musky and have the fin characteristics of a Pike and the head of a Musky.  Adult Tiger Muskies stay smaller than Pike or Musky. They have 12 to 18 pores on the jaw. The camouflage pattern is a mix between the two species. They occur quite frequently in the Lake of the Woods area, in Big Sand Lake, and the Rough Rock Lake area; both are parts of the Winnipeg River system.


Is a Silver Pike the same as a Musky?
No. Pike can adapt to a variety of colour schemes. They can be almost black in swamp and marsh areas, bright yellow or silver/pearl coloured as well in other environments. However some Musky also appear to have the silver/pearl colouration. The only safe way to distinguish between the two is to count the pores on the jaw.

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Silver Pike
(Lac La Martre Adventures )  

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Silver Musky

Can there be more than two in a boat with only two fishing?
No a team consists of two members, other than a dog, a cat, or any other animal :); there cannot be any additional person in the boat. We would have no means to verify that the third person is not doing any fishing. Sorry.

Are pontoon boats allowed in the tournament?

What type of rulers/ruler-boards are allowed or required?
As participant of the tournament you will be provided with a ruler board, photos taken with any other ruler/ruler-board are not eligible for count!

Do I have to use the Pinawa Marina for putting my boat in the water?
No you may put your boat in the water at any location along the system. You have to start at the Marshall boat in the zone respective. Especially if you participate with a canoe or kayak you might consider to get your boat in the water near Otter Falls when fishing in this particular zone.
After each day of fishing you might want to return to the Pinawa community center for the days review and the price giving ceremony.

I noticed you do not have any application forms for Spotters, why?
Spotters are only good in a few instances. Unfortunately in previous events it has been shown that spotters in a boat or assigned to a boat can actually increase the very likelihood of cheating, the very reason they were there in the  first place to prevent. It would be for instance a third person in the boat  which could do some fishing too. Spotters can also not be pushed into a position where they would be a substitute for local conservation officers.
Another important downside is that if you have smaller boats in a tournament the third person makes it really crowded and increases the risk of injuries especially when casting.
Running-spotters or section-Spotters are a different story. They are typically used in smaller bodies of water or most often in river sections. They are not assigned to any specific team and under the watchful eye of everybody. They come to your boat if you have a fish. Our area is to big to do it this way. But other ,measures have been taken to prevent cheating.

Can I use my own SD-Card,...mine is of a different size?
SD-Card’s do only come in one size. If it does not match the picture to the right it is not an SD-Card.
It should for that matter also have the SD Logo.
The Secure Digital standard was introduced in 1999 as an evolutionary improvement over MultiMediaCards (MMC). The Secure Digital standard is maintained by the SD Card Association (SDA). SD technologies have been implemented in more than 400 brands across dozens of product categories and more than 8,000 models.[Wikipedia]
At this time all the leading digital camera manufacturers used SD in their consumer product lines, including Canon, Casio, Fujifilm, Kodak, Leica, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Samsung, and Sony.[Wikipedia]. Almost all No-Name or discount name brands use SD-cards only due to lack of access to other memory card types.


Sony used and uses their Memory-stick Pro (regular, Mini and Micro sizes) but Sony cameras younger than 2010 should either use SD-cards only or are capable to work with Memory-stick Pro or SD-Cards in the same slot.
if any of the cards you are using is found in the symbolic pictures below you are not using a camera with SD-Card!
A Micro-SD or Mini-SD is also not a SD-card but a special version not generally hardware compatible. They are typically used in smart phones.

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Please make sure your camera is using SD-Card’s and has a minimum resolution of 2MP (picture size 1584x1264px).

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