Renegade Bass Tour lands in CornwallAugust 5, 2021
Cornwall’s amazing fishing will be in the spotlight this weekend as the Renegade Bass Tour lands in the city for the third leg of its popular tour.
A total of 85 pairs of anglers will be competing in the two-day event on Saturday and Sunday and looking to bag some trophy smallmouth bass as well as bragging rights – not to mention some significant cash prizes. A first place finish for the winning team earns a cash prize of $8,500 and with two event days, there will be plenty on the line.
“You can bomb one day and cash a cheque the next,” said Brett Miller, President of the Renegade Bass Tour and a participating angler himself.
The Cornwall stop on the tour is always highly-anticipated for the participants, Miller said. The sheer size of Lake St. Francis, the variety of fishing available and the quality of the fish always makes for an exciting competition.
“We always try to do multiple events or days (in Cornwall),” he added. “The guys like coming there. It’s great fishing. You can catch a four pound (bass) in the river or an inland lake and the fight is totally different. The fish down there, they know how to use the current. They know how to surprise you.”
As rewarding as it is for the anglers, it’s also a welcome sight for the local economy. The participating teams come from a variety of locations throughout Ontario and Quebec and many arrive a few days early in order to pre-fish and scout the river. That means significant hotel room stays and spending in local shops and restaurants.
“A lot of the anglers treat this as a mini-vacation as well,” Miller said.
The anglers will be looking fill their bag with their top five fish each day and it isn’t unusual for the bags to top 20 pounds.
“You actually pretty much need 20 pounds to even be in the mix,” Miller noted, a tribute to the quality of the fishery.
The weigh-ins will take place each afternoon at Marina 200 however given the pandemic, it won’t be like typical years. As part of their Covid safety practices, anglers will remain in the their boats and pull up to have their fish weighed before releasing them and departing. Rather than attending in person, interested observers are instead invited to watch the weigh-ins live on the Renegade Bass Tour Facebook page.
The Renegade Bass Tour stop in Cornwall is one of several high-profile fishing events that will be held in the city, further adding to Cornwall’s standing as a world-class fishing destination.
In March, Abu Garcia named the St. Lawrence River the top place to fish in the USA!
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The City of Cornwall is the ideal doorstep to the mighty St. Lawrence, where anglers can expect big fights from bass, walleye, muskie, carp and countless other species.
The river in the Cornwall region is essentially bisected by the R.H. Saunders Generating Station at the west end of Cornwall. The area below the power dam is known as Lake St. Francis while the area above the dam is Lake St. Lawrence, a headpond created for the dam during the massive Seaway and Hydro Project of the 1950s. You’ll find great fishing and a myriad of freshwater fish species to target both above and below the dam.
There are public boat launches both above and below the dam in Guindon Park and Lamoureux Park respectively, making it easy for anglers to get out on the water.
Some great shoreline fishing options also exist in the Cornwall region, so it’s a great starting point whether you’re in search of a fun fishing outing with the kids or on the hunt for a trophy fish.
Check out our Fishing Page for all you need to know about fishing in Cornwall!
Stay on the water
The hub of boating activity on the Cornwall waterfront is Marina 200, a first-class facility located immediately east of the Cornwall Civic Complex on the St. Lawrence River.
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Play it safe!
We all have a part to play in combating the spread of COVID-19. Residents are encouraged to wear masks, practice frequent hand washing and physical distancing, and stay home if not feeling well. For the latest guidelines and restrictions related to COVID-19, please visit the Eastern Ontario Health Unit website.
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