Wheeler Lake

Wheeler Lake

Feb 10-11, 2023
Registration Opens – Sept 1, 2023
Decatur, AL

Wheeler Lake Rules

These rules have been established to encourage fairness, safety, conservation, and significant care for the fish caught. It is the goal of this event to move our sport forward as an example for all to follow.

  1. Entry Fee $350 Registration opens September 1st
  2. Entries made and paid for are prohibited from being sold, bartered or given away without the expressed written consent of a tournament official. All Entries Are Final!
  3. This tournament will take place Friday February 10th and Saturday February 11th.
  4. No prefishing will be allowed Thursday from 1am until tournament starts on Friday on Wheeler, Wilson or Guntersville lakes. Boats will be allowed on these waters for scanning and bait catching only (polygraph will be administered).
  5. Good sportsmanship is expected of all individuals during the tournament. Failure to follow good sportsmanship may result in disqualification.
  6.  Any disorderly conduct will be reason alone for disqualification.
  7.  Any violation will result in automatic disqualification.
  8. All State and Federal rules will be observed. It is up the the anglers to determine what license or licenses may be needed.
  9. Check in at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion 5-7pm. Livewell check 5am at Ingall’s Harbor Pavilion  on each day. All boats may enter water after livewell check at any public use ramp on Wheeler Lake. You may lock through to Wilson & Guntersville without crossing Alabama state line.
  10. Teams are limited to a maximum of a 3 person team.
  11. All children 16 and under MUST be accompanied by an adult.
  12. Fish may only be caught by Rod and Reel method only.
  13. A maximum of 3 fish per boat will be allowed at weigh in. Only 2 can be over 34”.
  14. Teams are allowed to have as many rods on board as needed. However, only 10 rods are allowed in the water at any given time.
  15. No snagging will be allowed
  16. No foul hooked fish will be accepted.
  17. No chumming.
  18. No fishing intentionally baited holes.
  19. All tournament boats must maintain a distance of 50 yards between each other while anchored and 50 feet while drifting. This includes all boats.
  20. Buddy fishing or sharing of information during tournament hours including techniques, baits, location, etc. is strictly prohibited.
  21. No fishing outside of the boat.
  22. No alcoholic beverages, marijuana or illegal substances are allowed on board or used during tournament hours.
  23. Trailering will be allowed at any public ramp on Wheeler Lake.
  24. Onboard live wells must be no less than 50 gallons, employ an electric fresh water circulating pump and include proper aeration.
  25. All boats must be at Ingalls Harbor by 4:30PM. There will be no exceptions to this rule.
  26. Weigh in will begin and take place at the stage located at Ingalls Harbor Pavilion at 3:30pm each day.
  27. There may not be any extra fish in live-well. If there are more than 3 fish in live-well at weigh in it will result in disqualification.
  28. Dropping of fish at weigh in is discouraged.
  29. No dead fish will be allowed at weigh in and will disqualify your team.
  30. No culling of fish at weigh in.
  31. Ties will be decided by the team with the largest fish.
  32. Any protests must be made before the Awards Ceremony and must be in writing. We will not accept any protests thereafter.
  33. This is a catch and release tournament. All live fish must be released healthy and alive. They may not be taken home with tournament participants.
  34. Angler’s that consider their catch to be a possible record will be responsible for caring for the fish until the proper authorities are notified and arrive for verification purposes.
  35. Social Media live feeds are allowed and encouraged. However, caution must be used not to reveal to much relevant information when going live during the tournament hours.
  36. Boats will be capped at 150 boats with 10 additional at directors’ discretion.

Tournament Boundaries:

All fishermen are subject to a polygraph exam.

NOTE: There will be someone at the weigh in site throughout the tournament. If you have a large fish or fish that will not survive until 4:00PM, you may bring your fish to be weighed and recorded. We will then release the fish and you can continue to fish. Once the weight has been recorded and the amount of fish you may not cull when you come back in.

If you have fish that you feel will not survive until weigh in time bring them in so they can be weighed and released. That is why we have someone at weigh in. So that the fish can be released with the least amount of stress and a successful survival rate.

Boat numbers will be issued in the order entries are received and payment is made.

This is a live document. Rules are subject to change without notice.