The DOW has nothing to do with this tournament. 11-Mile Sports are the promotors. It is a kill tournament, but you would be amazed at how many smaller or undersized pike are brought to weigh in with only a few trophy class fish being weighed in. If anything it weeds out some of the smaller pike and alows more room and less competition for the larger fish. The percentage of pike weighed in is, in my opinion, a very small percentage of the entire lake's population. I would like to know how many new pike are created each year through reproduction with one female pike laying millions of eggs each. It is not the objective to kill as many pike as possible and most of us are are for selective harvest or strictly C&R outside of these tournaments. I wish it were a no kill tourney as well! An entire pike population can not be devistated by a one day pike tournament and yes most boats come to weigh in empty handed.
I guess no one here is going, everyone just wants to complain about it without knowing the true impacts.