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2020 Lightning Strike Kayak Fishing Tournament

June 28, 2020 @ 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
Lake Washington
70493 229th St
MN 55325
Tony Heimkes

Above is the code to handwrite on your identifier
2020 Lightning Strike Kayak Fishing Tournament



New rules in effect for cancellation, click here.

Here is the agenda for the 2020 Lightning Strike Kayak Fishing Tournament

Tournament Director is Anthony Heimkes or 612-669-5759

***All details are subject to MNKFA change***



Saturday, June 27, 2020. 3:00 PM.

Video Captain’s meeting will be released in the MNKFA Facebook group. There will be NO gathering for a Captain’s meeting at a physical location meeting prior to fishing. You’re responsible for viewing and understanding the rules. The identifier has been released for you to print and the link is above. The code that you will hand write on the identifier will be released at 7:30 am Sunday, June 28, 2020, right before fishing starts. Bring a pen or Sharpie to handwrite the code on your printed identifier.


Fishing is limited to Lake Washington. See the red outline on the map. You MUST launch at one of the three designated launches (black boxes), see map below. If you launch anywhere else, you will be disqualified. Fishing will start at 7:30 am when the identifier code is released. We encourage you to get to your launch early, get on the water and be ready to paddle to your fishing spot. You MUST stay within 200 yards of your launch until the identifier code is released at 7:30 am, don’t bunch together, observe social distancing. YOU MAY NOT FISH BEFORE 7:30 AM! We want you to get on the water early to alleviate pressure at the launches, please help. DO NOT START FISHING ANY TIME ON SUNDAY JUNE 28, 2020 UNTIL 7:30 AM, OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!

1. Dassel Rod & Gun Club
It’s up to you to obey all parking rules in effect.

2. Eastside Public Launch
It’s up to you to obey all parking rules in effect.

3. Southside Public Launch
It’s up to you to obey all parking rules in effect.



Stay 6 feet from others at the launch. Do NOT gather in groups, comply with the Governor’s directive. Get your rig set up away from the launch and be ready to get launched and open space and time for others. We expect your cooperation and consideration for everyone’s safety.


7:30 am Sunday, June 28, 2020
Catch, photo and submit your pics to the Tourney X site. DO NOT START ANY FISHING EARLIER, OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED!

Scoring contact: If you have any questions about scoring contact Tony Heimkes. Email: or cell: 612-669-5759.


2 PM Sunday, June 28, 2020

Tourney X will stop taking submissions at 2 pm, FIRM. No whining or complaining about connection or any problems. Once the cutoff time occurs, submissions are closed. Report to Sportsman Park by 3PM for awards.  If you are not present at 3PM, you are disqualified.


Sunday, June 28, 2020, after fishing has closed
We are working on having separate areas at the Dassel Rod and Gun Club for prize awards. You will go to a designated area based on where you finish in the tournament. Those areas will have prizes based on how you finish in the tournament. This is the plan right now, it may change.

The top 17 finishers will go to Prize Award Area A
First place:
2020 Lightning Strike Kayak
Second place to fifteenth place: will select prizes based on the order of finish

16th to 34th finishers will go to Prize Award Area B
Will select prizes based on the order of finish

35th to 50th finishers will go to Prize Award Area C
Will select prizes based on the order of finish


Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association Rules (Rules are 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. Rules may be prior to event start. Any rules changed will be announced at the mornings captains meeting prior to the held event.

1. Registration: Registration for Kayak Fishing Tournaments will be announced no less than a week prior to opening on the MNKFA facebook page and MNKFA website. Registration is open to anyone 18 years of age or above and a valid member of MNKFA. Anyone under 18 must have a parent or guardian present and fill out any necessary forms or documents provided by MNKFA. (See cancellation policies for cancellations.)

2. Requirements: MNKFA tournaments are strictly catch and release. A Tournament control image will be supplied prior to the event (Online tournaments will be sent out before hand). The control image 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 (see measuring requirements).  The ruler marks must be easily legible in your photo submission. The Control image  must appear in each photo submitted. Failure to include this will disqualify your entry. All submissions MUST conform to current measuring rules for MNKFA 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. All fish may have open or closed mouth. Scoring will be done by the tournament director. Entries will be submitted via TourneyX. (details on submitting will be announced prior to events) ALL fish submitted MUST meet fish measuring requirements. If you’re NOT able to email, text or TourneyX, you must be in the line at tournament headquarters to give your submission to the tournament official before the set time frame. We are NOT responsible for any internet connectivity issues!!! Or travel problems. Send your entries early. NO EXCEPTIONS!!!

4. Start and Finish Times: Tournament fishing times that are provided by MNKFA are subject to change by the MNKFA board. Your submission photos must be turned in upon the timeline requested per tournament.

5. Event Details:  Prize award details will be announced soon. We will adhere to State Of Minnesota gathering guidelines. All top prize 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. You must remain in full compliance with law enforcement rules per the state you are fishing! Participants must fish from a human powered kayak, NO OTHER BOAT TYPES ARE ALLOWED. Only ONE person  may be in the kayak. No gas or electric motors are allowed (unless its an online event, all live events are human powered only!)  Absolutely no other method will be permitted. All vessels must be classified as a kayak from the manufacturer.

7. Safety: We strongly suggest that a PFD be worn and have an audible signaling device. Kayakers must be in accordance with state regulations. Safe Kayaking conduct must be observed at all times. NO alcohol or controlled substance can be used or allowed in the kayak during tournament hours.

8. Sportsmanship: Sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation are expected from each angler. Any infraction of these fundamental sporting principles may be cause for a 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 from the listed lakes and ramps provided by MNKFA. You MUST be back to tournament headquarters by the time frame set by MNKFA. Failure to do so will result in your disqualification from the tournament.

10. Weather: Anglers are to exercise their own best judgment for safety when considering whether to fish or not. Launch may be delayed or cancelled due to unsafe conditions as determined by the tournament director.

11. Cheating Inquiries: The University of Minnesota will be handling lie detector tests. Any inquiries of cheating will be handled by Tournament Officials and the University of Minnesota Law practices. 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 test, provided and conducted by the university analysis team to test and confirm winners authenticity to prove they followed all the rules

12. Prizes: Prizes will differ from each event, live and online. Applicable tax laws will be adhered to. Major prizes will be announced prior to each event. An IRS 1099 form may be required to major prize winners.

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 and law, they win and deserve the appropriate gains from their investment (entry cost).

14. Waiver: Submitting the form and payment 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 the event. 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.

15. Ties: All ties are at the tournament directors discretion. Ties will be decided by first fish, biggest fish and/or time submitted.

16. Cancellation: If you MUST cancel your signup prior to the tournament: SEE REFUND/CANCELLATION POLICY FOR TOURNAMENTS.


Knowledge of these rules is the responsibility of each contestant. Failure to read these rules or ignorance of them is no excuse.

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