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2019 Chris Nelson Memorial Kayak Fishing Tournament

June 8, 2019 @ 6:00 am – 4:30 pm
Lake Koronis, MN
$80 Early Bird Entry

*** SOLD OUT ***


Standard color only. Color per Hi Tempo – Hobie Kayaks

Hobie Hi Tempo Outback Fishing Kayak

Lake Koronis Information From Josh E.

I’ve fished it quite a few times. There are nice populations of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. There is a nice variety of structure also: rock piles, reeds, lily pads, islands. At almost 3000 acres, there are plenty of areas for people to fish. There are 4 accesses on the lake, with 3 of them having adequate parking. The lake is part of the crow river. It is possible to get from Koronis up to Rice Lake through the river. Wind could cause a problem, but that can happen about anywhere.

The campground is nice and has RV sites, camping cabins, and tent sites.

The one downside is that it does have Starry Stonewart. This is an invasive weed that is found in only about a dozen lakes in MN. It creates a matt of vegetation that is hard to pedal through. It is being treated on the lake, and doesn’t affect too many fishing areas. I wouldn’t worry about it too much, I would just emphasize the point of everyone doing a thorough job of cleaning everything off of their boats when they are done fishing.

Campgrounds and shelter information page

Tony or Grant will be reserving the shelter for this event.


The earlier you sign up, the less you’ll pay! PLUS, you’ll be eligible for early bird raffles. Those who sign up early WILL benefit the most from this event.

 Here is the agenda for the 2019 Chris Nelson Memorial kayak fishing tournament

Tournament Director is Anthony Heimkes or 612-669-5759

***Small details are subject to MNKFA change***

Saturday 6/8/2019, 7:00AM MANDATORY!: Check in at the Lake Koronis Shelter for the MANDATORY Captain’s meeting where we’ll go over all the rules, fill out and sign waivers, and give you the control image. FAILURE TO BE AT THIS MEETING WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION!

Saturday 8:00am: You can launch at any public launch on Lake Koronis. You may NOT use any private access to the water for this tournament. ONLY public access that is available to all is allowed.

Saturday 3:00pm: You MUST be physically back at the Lake Koronis Shelter tournament headquarters. Turn in photos of your catch to the tournament director if you could not or did not email your photos. Have a soft drink and chit-chat with fellow kayak anglers. Check out the prize give aways. YOU MUST BE BACK BY THIS TIME. THIS IS MANDATORY. IF YOU ARE LATE, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

!!!SAFETY!!! Everyone is required to check back in with the tournament director at the end of fishing. You do not need to stay for the awards ceremony if you did NOT win a prize. We MUST know you are off the water safely. If you won a top prize, you MUST attend the awards ceremony to claim the prize. If you are not at the awards ceremony, your prize goes to the next highest finisher attending the awards ceremony.

Saturday 3:00pm to 3:30pm: Have a drink and chit-chat with other kayak anglers.

Saturday 3:30pm to 4:15pm: We’ll have a barbecue dinner.

Saturday 4:15pm to 4:45pm: We’ll announce the winners of the tournament, then hand out early bird winner prizes, then give away lots of prizes as fast as we can.

The rest of the weekend: You’re on your own. No formal plans. Find a new friend and go out fish with them!

Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association rules for this tournament (rules subject to change)

Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to tournament officials whose decisions are final. We (MNKFA) reserve the right to change, or add rules to ensure the competition is fair and equal to all participants and sponsors.

1. Registration: Registration for The Chris Nelson Memorial Kayak Fishing Tournament will be announced a week prior to opening on facebook. Registration will end Friday, June 8, 2019 at 5:00pm central standard time or when all 75 spots are sold.

2. Requirements: This tournament is strictly catch and release. Tournament control card will be supplied at the event. Control Card must be in the photo with your catch. Your photo must include a fish measuring device like a Hawg Trough or similar tournament-approved measuring device.  The ruler marks must be legible in your photo submission. The Control Card must appear in each photo submitted. Failure to include this will disqualify your entry. All submissions MUST conform to current rules on this page: Fish measuring / pic submission rules.

3. Scoring: The tournament will feature Bass (both large and small mouth only).  Longest combined length of FIVE (5) top bass WINS! You can upgrade your smallest fish submitted with a larger one at anytime during tournament fishing hours.  Fish submissions can be sent to Anthony Heimkes at or text to 612-669-5759.

4. Start and Finish Times: Tournament fishing will begin at 8:00 am CST 06-8-2019. End of the tournament fishing will be 3:00 pm CST 06-8-2019. All photo entries must be emailed AND received by 3:00 pm CST 06-8-2019. If you’re not able to email, you must be in the line at tournament headquarters to give your submission to the tournament official by 3:00pm CST 06-8-2019. We are NOT responsible for any internet connectivity issues!!! Send your entries early. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

5. Event Details:  This event is an opportunity to spend time together as a group and get to know one another. There will be prizes and an award ceremony following the close of the tournament fishing at tournament headquarters. All winners MUST be present at the award ceremony or they forfeit any winnings.

6. Catch: All fish must be taken with a fishing rod, line and artificial lures on the day of the tournament during tournament fishing hours. Participants must fish from a human powered kayak, NO OTHER BOAT TYPES ARE ALLOWED. Only ONE angler may be in the kayak. No gas or electric motors are allowed! Absolutely no other method will be permitted.

7. Safety: We strongly encourage that a PFD be worn. Bring a whistle with as well, another practice that should be followed while paddling. Kayakers must be in accordance with state regulations. Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times.

8. Sportsmanship: Sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation are expected from each angler. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be cause for disqualification. All participants must follow the DNR regulations in effect on the waters they are fishing.

9. Fishing Boundaries: You MUST fish and launch ONLY on Lake Koronis. Plus, you MUST be at the Captains meeting in the morning at 7:00am  AND back to tournament headquarters by 3:00pm.

10. Weather: Anglers are to exercise their own best judgment for safety when considering whether to fish or not.

11. Cheating Inquiries: Any inquiries of cheating will be handled by Tournament Officials, and polygraph tests may be used to settle any cheating disputes. Person(s) bringing allegations assumes all costs for any polygraph testing. Person(s) making any cheating allegations agrees that their name will be made public. MNKFA also may require winners to take a voice stress analysis test to confirm winners honestly can claim they followed all the rules.

12. Prizes: See top of this page for fishing tournament prizes, there will also be give away raffle prizes.

13. Board Member Participation: Board members, employees of sponsors or owners of sponsor companies are eligible to register, sign-up and win any prizes and subject to all the same scrutiny as any other entrant. In other words, if they win honestly, honorably and according to the rules, they win and deserve the appropriate gains from their investment (entry cost).

14. Waiver: Submitting the form and payment below is your agreement to the above rules, regulations, terms and conditions, liability acknowledgement, otherwise the angler is ineligible to participate. You MUST be over 18 years of age and show valid identification at the captains meeting to be officially entered in this event and sign a waiver in person at the captains meeting. Minors are eligible to participate only if accompanied 100% of the time during this event by a parent who signs a waiver for the minor. You MUST be present and on-time at the captains meeting in the morning. You MUST be present and on-time and back to tournament headquarters. You MUST follow all rules to win a prize in this event.

Everyone that is officially entered (paid) for this tournament has a chance to win tournament prizes and will be entered to win prizes.

NOTE: MNKFA board reserves the right to make changes to the rules at any time in the spirit of making the tournament more fair and equal to all participants.

No refunds will be made for any reason once you have signed up. Names are added manually to the entrant list. The list below is the ONLY people allowed to fish in and for this tournament.

You will be responsible for making your own camping or accommodations.

Below are the official entrants as of 06/7/2019

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