Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the US-Canadian border is closed to passenger rail, passenger ferry travel and pleasure boat travel to all non-essential citizens of both countries, until 11:59PM, June 22nd, 2020. It may be amended or rescinded prior to that time, based on circumstances associated with the specific threat or lack thereof. (link included below for reference from the US DHS official documentation page 5) In accordance with this mandate the Southtowns Walleye Association of WNY, Inc. Annual Derby will be observing all rules and laws set forth by the both countries and in accordance with our previously published rules (#10 specifically in our rule package, see link below) Therefore based on the current Federal and Provincial mandates, we will not be accepting Canadian participants to fish the Derby at this time. Conversley we are not allowing particpants of the derby to enter and/or fish in Canadian waters. Our Derby begins at 12:01 am, June 13th 2020 and all rules and laws that are in place at the time of startup will be in effect and maintained throughout the Derby until its close at 4pm on June 21st, regardless of any changes to border openings during the course of the event, this ensures a consistent and measured approach in maintaining the highest level of ethics and standards for our club and our participants while fishing. It is expected that all of our participants will continue to exhibit the best in sportsman like conduct on and off of the water and observing all applicable rules and laws. We look forward to seeing all of you signing up at the club and fishing on the water. If border restrictions are lifted on or before June 10th, we will vacate all above restrictive policies.
See information below on the dates, times and details of how you can sign up online or in person at the Club. Additionally all of the sign up stations should be open but we would recommend calling first. Bill’s Hooks, Barcelona Market, Cabela’s, Dave’s Bait & Tackle, Fish USA, Nature’s Prize, Niagara Outdoors, Nick’s Sporting Goods & Westfield Bait & Tackle
The STWA Derby Committee.
Reference Link to DHS Documentation: https://www.dhs.gov/sites/default/files/publications/20_0519_as1_frn_us-canada-border.pdf
Reference Link to STWA Derby Rules: https://www.southtownswalleye.com/images/Forms/2020_Derby_Rules.pdf