Western New York’s Chautauqua Lake Featured in Outdoor Channel’s Major League Fishing Competition

A competitor heads out for a day of bass fishing on Chautauqua Lake. Photo provided courtesy of Major League Fishing Communications.

In August 2012, Jack Link’s Major League Fishing chose Chautauqua Lake in western New York to hold its six day General Tire Summit Cup competition. Produced by the Outdoor Channel, the event features seven episodes which will premiere at 9 p.m. ET on Thursday, January 3, 2013 and run for six weeks. The Championship Round will air on the NBC network on February 9, 2013 at 1 p.m. ET, re-airing on the Outdoor Channel the following week. Each day of the competition comprises one episode with the seventh episode showcasing insider fishing tips.

“We had a great event at Chautauqua Lake, and I can’t wait for sports fans to watch how these top-level anglers performed with no practice on one of the finest venues in the country,” said Major League Fishing Commissioner Don Rucks.

This is the second televised event for Major League Fishing, a partnership between Outdoor Channel and 24 of the world’s best anglers. The league features made-for-television bass fishing events designed to bring high-level challenges to participants and entertainment, as well as insight, to audiences.

Tom Hornish, Outdoor Channel President and CEO, said “Major League Fishing is among the cornerstone original programs appearing on our network in the first quarter of 2013. We know there is significant interest in the world of pro bass fishing among our viewers and are pleased to have worked closely with the league to offer the series on both Outdoor Channel and NBC.”

Major League Fishing’s made-for-television events utilize a format that allows anglers to weigh all the score-able bass that they catch. The bass are immediately weighed after they are caught, then released back into the water. Anglers know where they rank in the standings at all times via real-time leader boards in their boats. The competitors are not allowed to practice before events and knew the Chautauqua Lake destination only two days prior to the start of the Summit Cup.

At 18 miles long, one to three miles wide, and 1308 feet above sea level, Chautauqua is western New York’s largest inland lake, supporting recreational and tournament fishing for large and small mouth bass, muskellunge, northern pike, and walleye. The Summit Cup tournament was sponsored by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau, Chautauqua Institution, and Chautauqua Suites Hotel and Expo Center.

For more information on fishing on Chautauqua Lake, contact the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau at 716-357-4569 or visit the website at www.tourchautauqua.com/fishing.aspx. Information on fishing regulations can be found in the NYDEC Fishing Guide online.

The Outdoor Channel is an independent cable network dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle and conservation and provides a complete spectrum of hunting, fishing, shooting and adventure entertainment. Outdoor Channel is received by 39 million U.S. households – the largest outdoor TV footprint in the country – and is available in more than 50 countries internationally.

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