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2016 MN Fishing Opener Online Tournament

May 14, 2016 @ 12:00 am – May 22, 2016 @ 11:59 pm

FREE! Biggest Walleye Or Northern Pike Tournament For MN Opener 2016.

2016 MN Pike Opener Online Kayak Fishing Tournament

 Yup, it costs nada, zilch, zero, nothing to enter!

1st place winner
gets a Manley Kayak Fishing rod

These rods are the BOMB! They’re perfect for kayak anglers. Everything from the unique adjust-a-butt system to microweave™ guides to the premium quality reel sets mean better casts and performance while fishing. PLUS, the winner gets a framed award! That’s a great way to start out the season. 

Manley Kayak Fishing Rods

2nd place winner
gets a Power Team Lures kit

Even better, you get to build your own kit with your favorites from PTL! How cool is that.

 Power Team Lures

3rd place winner
gets a JB’s Fish Sauce package

A bottle of sauce and some cool swag!

JB's Fish Sauce

All photos must adhere to our submission specifications

This tournament is C.P.R. (catch, photo, release). You can fish anywhere in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, South Dakota or North Dakota. See this page on our website for details on how your photo must be taken and submitted to be a valid entry: 

All photo entry submissions must be emailed

Email all entries to:

All photos submitted must show the tournament control image

The control image will be set up on a letter size page. Print it out. Put it in a zip-lock plastic bag. Only the very top image portion needs to show in the photos you submit. PLEASE WRITE YOUR ENTRY # AND NAME ON THE SHEET YOU PRINT OUT! We suggest you duct tape the zip-lock bag with the image inside to the back of your measuring device. That will help make it easier to take your photo.

Winner is the person who signs up, and sends a valid photo of the biggest walleye or northern pike by length. We’re going to run this tournament for 9 days. You get 2 full weekends to fish…and all the week days in between. Get out there and get them and send in your pics! And to start things out right, IT’S FREE. Woooohoooooo, let’s have some fun!

This is an online tournament. You can send a photo of a 19 inch pike one day, then replace it with a bigger 23 inch fish a day later! We’ll post fish entries on this page so everyone knows the score.

By clicking the agree box on the form below, you agree and understand the rules and agree to the following release of liability.


I, the undersigned, acknowledge, appreciate and agree that:
1. The risk of injury from the activities involved in kayak tournament fishing does exist, and
2. I knowingly and freely assume all such risks, both known and unknown and assume full responsibility for my participation and
3. I agree to comply with the terms and conditions of participation, and
4. I, for myself and on behalf of my heirs, personal representatives and next of kin, hereby release, indemnify and hold harmless and agree not to sue, the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association, its officers, officials, agents, and/or employees, sponsors and advertisers, and if applicable, owners and lesser of premises used to conduct the event.

I HAVE READ THIS RELEASE OF LIABILITY AND ASSUMPTION OF RISK AGREEMENT AND THE RULES GOVERNING THESE EVENTS, FULLY UNDERSTAND THEIR TERMS, UNDERSTAND THAT I HAVE GIVEN UP SUBSTANTIAL RIGHTS BY SIGNING IT AND SIGN IT FREELY AND VOLUNTARILY WITHOUT ANY INDUCEMENT.  I further agree that by typing my name in the provided space of the electronic entry form constitutes your legal signature and is the same as you signing this agreement by hand.

PARTICIPATION AND ELIGIBILITY. Participation is open to anyone 18 years of age or older. Minors are eligible to participate with a parent or legal guardian signature on the release form. A completed entry form and waiver must be received no later than the published entry date. The responsibility and safety for said minor is solely that of the signing parent or legal guardian. Parent and or legal guardian holds harmless Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association and their officers, sponsors, advertisers and employees.

Tournament Rules And Signup

Interpretation of these rules will be left exclusively to tournament officials whose decisions are final.

1. Registration: Registration for The Pike Opener 2016  tournament will end at 4:00pm CST 05-13-2016.

2. Requirements: A pdf image will be emailed to all participants at 4:00pm CST 05-13-2016. Print this letter size sheet, put it in a zip lock bag and place in the photo with your catch. Your photo must include a fish measuring device like a Hawg Trough or similar measuring device. You may pinch the tail, the mouth of the fish must be closed and at the left edge of your measuring device. The ruler marks must be easily legible in the photo submitted. The printed tournament pdf image must appear in each photo submitted. ANY alteration that promotes products or services added to the control image will be immediately disqualified! Failure to include this control image will disqualify your entry. For further information on photo measureing requirements, click here (opens in a new window).

3. Start and Finish Times: Tournament will begin at 12:01 am  CST 05-14-2016. End of the tournament will be at midnight  CST 05-22-2016. All photo entries must be emailed and received by ( by the end of the tournament. We are NOT responsible for ANY submissions that are not in my email box by midnight, 05-22-2016. We advise you to send earlier. NO exceptions will be made. 

4. Catch: All fish must be taken with a fishing rod, line and hook with artificial bait only on the days of the tournament during tournament hours. Participant must fish from a human powered boat, kayak, canoe or stand up paddle board. No gas or electric motors are allowed!  Absolutely no other method will be permitted.

5. Safety: A PFD must be either worn or on board each watercraft in accordance with state regulations where you are fishing. Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times.

6. 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.

7. Fishing Boundaries: Fish must be caught in the waters of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota or Iowa.

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

9. Cheating Inquiries: Any inquiries of cheating will be handled by Tournament Officials, and polygraph tests may be used to settle any cheating disputes. The challenging party agrees to pay for polygraph test costs. Challenging party agrees to be identified as the party making any accusations.

10. Prizes: First place winner gets a premium Manley Fishing Rod and framed award.

11. Waiver: Submitting the entry form constitutes your agreement to ALL rules, regulations, waivers, terms and conditions, liability acknowledgement, otherwise the angler is ineligible to participate.




Download the control sheet and print it out. Only the top part needs to show in your photos. Print your entry number and name on the control image in the space provided. Note: some people are on the list one or more times. Only use one entry number with your name. If you use more than one entry number associated with your name to submit entries you will be disqualified. Take pics of your fish that follow the rules. Submit your pics to the email below.


LINK TO DOWNLOAD CONTROL IMAGE: Control Image pdf file (opens in new window)


Submit your entry via email. Your entry will be reviewed and MUST meet all the rules for acceptable entries. This page will be updated when the tournament judge has time. Your best entry will show in the right hand column. You can upgrade at any time during the tournament.


1st Place Dylan Sande – 35.5 -Northern Pike. Manley Rod

2nd Place Brad Browning – Power Team Lures Kit

3rd Place Mike Suhsen – JB’s Fish Sauce Kit

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