The Chancellor's Inaugural Fishing Derby

**NEW DATE:  Saturday, March 25, 2017**

We've Waited With Baited Breath...


Join Chancellor Philip L. Dubois and the UNC Charlotte Bass Fishing Team for this special faculty and staff event: the Chancellor's Inaugural Fishing Derby!  Fishing, fun, prizes, refreshments, and t-shirts will be provided at this family-friendly event. You might even win Chancellor's Box seats for a Charlotte 49ers home football or men's basketball game!

Bring your poles, your family, and friends, and Let's Go Fishing!

The Chancellor's Inaugural Fishing Derby

Saturday, March 25, 2017
Check-in opens 8 A.M. • Three Fishing Sessions •  Rain or Shine
Hechenbleikner Lake, UNC Charlotte
(near the University front entrance by Reese, Colvard, and Rowe)
*No fishing license required.

Hosted by the UNC Charlotte Bass Fishing Team
Co-sponsored by Riley's Catch, Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte, Bass Pro Shops, Canteen, Farm Bureau, Pepsi, the Popp Martin Student Union, and Cone University Center


  • Online registration closes at 3PM on Friday, March 24th
  • Walk up registration will be taken at the event
  • Register online in advance.
  • Please check-in on-site at least 30 minutes prior to your session.
  • Three separate 45-minute sessions:
    • 8:30 A.M.
    • 9:30 A.M.
    • 10:30 A.M.
  • $8 per spot / per session (you may register for up to three sessions per person)
  • Max participation: 40 fishers per session (Register early!)
  • Registration for self and guests must be completed by a UNC Charlotte faculty or staff member with a valid University email address.

Proceeds support the UNC Charlotte Bass Fishing Team

Derby Facts

  • Catch-and-Release
    • All species of fish valid.
    • All fish caught will be recorded and released.
  • Go Fish! Kids' Lessons
    • Free with registration.
    • First 10 minutes of each session.
  • Please bring you own fishing rods; a very limited number of rods will be available for use on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Riley's Catch will provide limited kids' rods for use (rigged with hooks, sinkers, and bobbers) and kid-friendly fishing games for landlubbers of all ages.
  • Prizes to be awarded in each session for the following:
    • Most Fish Caught (total number; catch-and-release)
    • Heaviest Largemouth Bass
    • Youngest Participant to Catch a Fish
  • Prizes include a pair of Chancellor's box seats to a Charlotte 49ers home football game (2017 season) or men's basketball game and gift certificates from Barnes & Noble at UNC Charlotte.
  • Free parking in Cone Visitors Deck (campus map)
  • Special Offer! On the day of the event, use your tournament wristband to purchase Brunch for $6 per person plus tax at SoVi Dining Hall from 10:30 A.M. to 2 P.M., just a short walk from the lake.  Any associated guests or parents that enter SoVi with a participant that has an Fishing Tournament wrist band is eligible for the discounted price.

Additional Rules

  • Open only to UNC Charlotte faculty, staff, and their guests.
  • No live bait allowed (must be artificial, non-living).
  • All fishing rods allowed EXCEPT fly fishing rods (due to safety purposes).
  • All fish caught, including trophy size, will be released.
  • Participants are only allowed to fish from their designated areas.
  • Participants may only have one lure in the water at a time.
  • All fish caught must be landed and recorded by Bass Fishing Team member.
    • Participants can release their own fish, if desired.