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Bass Battles brought anglers to Boundary Dam and to Estevan

Boundary Dam Reservoir is the only place in Saskatchewan to fish for large-mouth bass.
Jef Morrison finished second in Bass Battles.

ESTEVAN - Boundary Dam Reservoir was the place to be for fans of bass fishing during the Labour Day long weekend, thanks to the annual Bass Battles fishing derby.

Anglers were trying to catch large-mouth bass during the event, which was held from Sept. 2-4. The bass are unique to Boundary Dam due to the temperature of the water. The warm water effluent from the neighbouring SaskPower Boundary Dam Power Station flows into the reservoir.

Bass Battles is an online catch-photo-release tournament hosted on the Angler’s Atlas website and operated using the mobile app MyCatch. Fishers entered as individuals and not in teams.

In order for a catch to qualify, a photograph of the fish had to be taken within the MyCatch app. A photo could not be uploaded from a phone’s gallery or camera roll, or any other source. The five largest fish entered counted towards an entrant's total.

Kyle Poirier won the tournament, as he had five fish with a combined length of 249 centimetres. Poirier also had the longest bass for the three days at 50.8 centimetres.

Jef Morrison was second in the overall competition with five catches that measured a total of 235.7 centimetres. Brian McQuinn was third at 235 centimetres.

There were also daily prizes for a random draw and a hidden length.

The tournament brought people to Estevan for three days of fishing.