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MN Kayak Fishing EventJoin the FUN! Check out these 2019 events!

We have a mix of paid and non-paid events throughout the year. All fees go towards running the association, purchasing prizes and for pay out winnings. We’re non-profit and there are no paid positions in our organization. We try to keep any fees very low to encourage participation. NOTE: You MUST be a member of the Minnesota Kayak Fishing Association to be eligible for our tournaments. You must fish the waters of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa or Wisconsin or the specific waters designated for destination tournaments. All entries will be verified as having a member account. Any entries not associated with an active MNKFA member account will be disqualified.  

Mar
23
Sat
2019
2019 Northwest Sportshow MNKFA Meetup
Mar 23 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Northwest Sports Show

The last boat and outdoors show before the kayak fishing season starts!

Look to this page to learn about kayak fishing seminars that are happening at the show. Meet up with other kayak anglers at the show to learn about / purchase gear at pre-season pricing. We will have a group meeting down at the show to attend the kayak fishing seminar(s) and check out new gear. It will be a great time to get primed for the upcoming season!

Hi Tempo / Hobie Fishing Kayaks will have a booth at the show

Hi Tempo is a Gold Sponsor of MNKFA. Their support has been very important to helping us grow kayak fishing in the upper midwest. Pre-season is a GREAT time to get the best price of the season, if you’re in the market for a new fishing kayak, give them a visit.  Even if you’re not a Hobie user, please stop by their booth and thank them for their generous support.

Apr
6
Sat
2019
Tactics and rigging your kayak for MONSTER Pike
Apr 6 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Peltier Lake Kayak Fishing Big Pike

Description: Strategies, destinations, structure, gear and techniques to land big fish from your kayak.

Ron will be presenting this seminar about one month before the MNKFA MONSTER PIKE trip to Lake of the Woods. Know what to bring and how to handle hard fighting, large fish. Ask questions, chat, laugh and have fun with the group.

Apr
13
Sat
2019
Deep Water Structure And Crankbait Techniques
Apr 13 @ 3:00 am – 5:00 am

Dean Big Bass Kayak Fishing

Presented By Dean Law

Learn the how, where and whys of deep water structure. Including map reading, structure interpretation, keying on the deep water crankbait techniques and tips. Some of the best anglers in our group have improved their results following Dean’s guidance…you don’t want to miss this!

Apr
27
Sat
2019
Everything You Need To Know About Kayak Bass Fishing Tournaments
Apr 27 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

KBS Kayak Fishing Tournament

Grant Carston, KBS and KBF National Qualifier

Increase your confidence and learn all about participation in kayak bass fishing tournaments. Learn how scoring works and how to best take photos for submission. Learn tactics and strategies to make the most of the 2019 KBS season. This event will be held about a month before the Lake Sakatah, MN KBS event. Come ready to ask Grant Carston any questions. This will be tons of FUN!

May
3
Fri
2019
2019 BIG PIKE Trip To Lake Of The Woods
May 3 @ 7:00 am – May 7 @ 5:00 pm

Todd 40" Pike Hobie Fishing Kayak

Actual dates will be determined by monitoring ice off conditions. Come for all of the time or pick the days that work for you. Last year some people fished Friday through Monday. Some fished Saturday and Sunday only. It’s up to you.

Want to land huge Northern Pike from your kayak?

Northern Pike season never closes on Lake of the Woods. The Pike move into the shallow bays to spawn soon after ice out. This is a huge opportunity to be surrounded by lots of large pike. Lake of the Woods is known for trophy class Northern Pike. Last year the biggest Pike caught by our group was a 40″ inch fish by Todd Kewatt, shown above. This trip is a great way to start off your kayak fishing season!

MN DNR info: Lake of the Woods is managed for a high-quality northern pike population, with a significant component of “trophy” northern pike over 40 inches long. The northern pike population continues to be one of high quality, with 19% of the adult population at least 35 inches long, and 5% of the adults 40 inches long, or longer.

We’ll be staying at Cyrus Resort. The resort is on Bostic Creek. It’s a very manageable paddle down Bostic Creek to Bostic Bay. Last year, our group spent most of our time fishing at mouth of the creek or out in the bay. The bay is somewhat protected on 3 sides by land. That helps with any rough weather conditions.

Big Pike Kayak Fishing Bostic Bay, Lake of the Woods

If you have any questions or comments, enter them below.

May
11
Sat
2019
2019 FREE Online Opener Tournament
May 11 @ 12:01 am – May 19 @ 11:59 pm

FREE! Biggest Walleye Or Northern Pike Online Tournament For MN Opener 2019

Ron 35.25" Pike From A Hobie PA12

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 a big walleye or northern and send in your pics! 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 the top 3 entries on this page and facebook 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.

READ AND AGREE TO THIS WAIVER BEFORE SIGNING:

I, the undersigned, acknowledge, appreciate and agree that:
1. The risk of injury from the activities involved in a kayak fishing tournament 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. Minors must contact us for entry requirements. Minor may NOT complete the form entry below, if they do, they are automatically disqualified for lying on an MNKFA form.

Tournament Rules And Signup

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

1. Registration: Registration for The MNKFA Minnesota Pike Opener 2019  tournament will close Friday, May 10, 2019 at 3:00pm central time. MNKFA reserves the right to close registration at any time for reasons in the best interests of the club.

2. Requirements: A pdf image will be emailed to all participants at 3:00pm CST 05-10-2019. 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 can be open or closed and at the bottom of mouth touching 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 measuring requirements, click here (opens in a new window).

3. Start and Finish Times: Tournament will begin at 12:01 am  CST 05-11-2019. End of the tournament will be at midnight  CST 05-20-2019. 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, 05-20-2018. 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 kayak, only ONE angler in the kayak. ONLY water craft listed as a kayak by the manufacturer of the vessel are eligible. 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: TBD

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.

12. Ties: In case of a tie, the first fish submitted gets preference.

13. Your entry: You may NOT buy, sell, trade, swap, give away or pass on tournament entry spots. ONLY MNKFA tournament officials can authorize who is officially entered/registered in our events.

NOTE: Rules and regulations can change at the discretion of the MNKFA board and the tournament director to make things as fair as possible to all entrants or sponsors.

***NOTE: SCORING IS DONE MANUALLY***

Once the tournament has started, 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. The top 3 current entries will be posted with a date on this page and on facebook.

May
18
Sat
2019
2019 Vibe Kayak Bass Tournament At Lake Sakatah
May 18 @ 6:00 am – 4:30 pm

Support your local kayak fishing club. We keep membership FREE by using some of the proceeds from tournament fees to run the club. Sign up entry for this tournament will begin middle of January, 2019. Watch our Facebook page and group for details a week prior to sign up opening.

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS!

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.

Tournament Director is Anthony Heimkes.

 Here is the agenda for the 2019 Vibe Kayak Bass Tournament at Lake Sakatah

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

Saturday 5/18/2019, 7:00AM MANDATORY!: Check in at Bullheads Bar & Grill 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 Lower Sakatah, Sakatah or Tetonka Lakes. 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 Bullheads 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 4:30pm: 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!

Tournament Prizes

Vibe Fishing Kayak

FIRST PLACE: Vibe Sea Ghost 130 Fishing Kayak, retail value with shipping $1100

More prizes will be announced and added as we get closer to the event.

Everyone who is officially entered gets an MNKFA performance fishing shirt, $30 value!


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 Vibe Kayak Fishing Tournament will be announced a week prior to opening on facebook. Registration will end Friday, May 17, 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 easily 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.

4. Start and Finish Times: Tournament fishing will begin at 8:00 am CST 05-18-2019. End of the tournament fishing will be 3:00 pm CST 05-18-2019. All photo entries must be emailed AND received by 3:00 pm CST 05-26-2019. 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 05-18-2019. 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 Lower Sakatah, Sakatah or Tetonka Lakes. 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.

We will try to reserve the group campsite at the State Park. More info to come. Cost for camping will be in addition to tournament fee.

Jun
22
Sat
2019
2019 Chris Nelson Memorial Kayak Fishing Tournament
Jun 22 @ 6:00 am – 4:30 pm

WIN THE ALL NEW 2019 HOBIE OUTBACK FISHING KAYAK!

Standard color only. Color per Hi Tempo – Hobie Kayaks

Hobie Hi Tempo Outback Fishing Kayak

More prizes will be announced and added as we get closer to the event.

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

http://www.co.meeker.mn.us/Facilities/Facility/Details/Lake-Koronis-Regional-Park-4

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

EARLY BIRD DISCOUNTS!

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

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

Saturday 6/22/2019, 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 21, 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.

4. Start and Finish Times: Tournament fishing will begin at 8:00 am CST 06-22-2019. End of the tournament fishing will be 3:00 pm CST 06-22-2019. All photo entries must be emailed AND received by 3:00 pm CST 06-22-2019. 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 06-22-2019. 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.

Jul
13
Sat
2019
2019 Triple Threat Team Tournament
Jul 13 @ 7:00 am – 2:00 pm

Kayak Bass Fishing Tournament

Limited to 8 teams of 3 people to keep it under the 25 entrant restriction.

Bass tournament. How do we want to team score this?

Aug
3
Sat
2019
2019 Bronze Back Tourney 1
Aug 3 @ 11:35 pm – 11:50 pm

CW Outfitting Bronze Back-Kayak Fishing Tournament

Place holder. Date may change.

Aug
24
Sat
2019
2019 Big Toothy Team Tournament
Aug 24 @ 12:15 am – Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm

2019 Big Toothy Team Tournament Kayak Fishing

Bigger and better for 2019

We’ve changed up the format and rules this year!

  • Three (3) members on each team, your team chooses team name and captain
  • You can choose who is on your team (all team members MUST sign up and pay the tournament fee or your team is disqualified)
  • Online fishing is part 1, destination tournament is part 2

MNKFA can change the rules at any time for any reason to make the event better for all involved, entrants, tournament officials, sponsors and more.

Prizes, entry fee and more to come soon.

This is a 2 part tournament

Part 1 competition, online tournament

Part 1 is online. Starts 12:01am 8/24/2019 and ends 9/7/2019, 7am (time of captains meeting for part 2). During part 1, each team will work together to cull the biggest two (2) Pike or Musky their team can catch by fishing as a team or individually. You can use ANY legal artificial bait (NO LIVE BAIT, ARTIFICIAL ONLY) on the water you are fishing.  You MUST submit all entries within 48 hours of being caught. NO HOLDING FISH TO THE END OF THE EVENT. Your team can have a 30.25″” pike for part 1, fish 1 and a 33.5″ pike for part 1, fish 2 and upgrade to bigger fish tomorrow. That continues until the end of part 1 fishing. During the online fishing period team scores will change. Scoring will look like the example below at the end of Part 1 fishing.
TeamPart 1
Fish 1
Part 1
Fish 2
Part 2
Fish 1
Part 2
Fish 2
TOTAL
SCORE
The Gator Guys30.25″33.5″63.75″
Monster Fish36.0″37.0″73.0″”
Hillbilly Dental40.0″42.25″82.25″

Here is the agenda for part 1 of the 2019 Big Toothy Team Tournament

Saturday, 12:01am, 8/24/2019, to Saturday, 7am, 9/7/2019: Online fishing. Catch and submit pike or musky and submit big pike / musky to your Captain. Captains will determine if it is the biggest team fish online and that it meets all measuring pic requirements. Captain will submit to the tournament director / judge whose determination on size and acceptance is final. NO ARGUING OR COMPLAINING OR YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED from the entire tournament with NO REFUNDS.

Part 2 competition, destination tournament

Part 2 is at a lake that is yet to be determined. During part 2, each team will work together to cull the biggest two (2) Pike or Musky their team can catch by fishing as a team or individually. You can use ANY legal artificial bait (NO LIVE BAIT, ARTIFICIAL ONLY) on the water you are fishing. Each team will continually submit their two (2) biggest pike and Musky over the fishing period. Your team can have a 30″ pike in the round 1 column today and upgrade to a bigger fish tomorrow. That continues until the end of part 1 fishing. During the online fishing period team scores will change. Scoring will look like the example below at the end of Part 1 fishing.
TeamPart 1
Fish 1
Part 1
Fish 2
Part 2
Fish 1
Part 2
Fish 2
TOTAL
SCORE
The Gator Guys30.25″33.5″26.0″44.0″133.75″
Monster Fish36.0″37.0″38.0″26.0″137.0″”
Hillbilly Dental40.0″42.25″20.0″24.0″126.25″

Here is the agenda for part 2 of the 2019 Big Toothy Team Tournament

Saturday 9/7/2019, 7:00AM MANDATORY!: Check in at Lake (TBD) shelter for the MANDATORY Captain’s meeting where we’ll go over all the rules, fill out  waivers, and give you the control image. FAILURE TO BE AT THIS MEETING WILL RESULT IN DISQUALIFICATION!

Saturday 9/7/2019 8:00am: You can launch at any public launch on Lake (TBD). You may NOT use any private access to the water for this tournament. ONLY public access that is available to all is allowed.

Saturday 9/7/2019 1:00pm: You MUST be physically back at the 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. YOU MUST BE BACK BY THIS TIME. THIS IS MANDATORY. IF YOU ARE LATE, YOU WILL BE DISQUALIFIED.

Saturday 9/7/2019 1:00pm to 2:00pm: We’ll have lunch for you at the tournament headquarters. Bring your appetite and some B.S. to share with others!

Saturday 9/7/2019 2:00pm to 2:30pm: We’ll announce the scores of the combined online and destination tournament, then give away a few prizes as fast as we can.

Tournament Rules

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 respectful to sponsors.***

Tournament director: (TBD)

1. Registration: Registration for The 2019 Big Toothy Team Kayak Fishing Tournament closes 8/23/2019 at 5:00pm or when all spots are sold.

2. Requirements: This tournament is strictly catch, photo and release.  Tournament control image will be supplied prior to online fishing. Destination (part 2) control image will be given out at the event. Control image must be in the photo with your catch. Your photo must include a fish measuring device like a Hawg Trough for fish under 30″, Rapala measuring board for fish over 30″. You may pinch the tail and then release it, the mouth of the fish can be open and MUST BE AND RESTING AGAINST THE ZERO MARK ON THE RULER WITH NO HANDS OR ANY OTHER ITEM (FISH GRIPS, ETC.)  COVERING THE MOUTH OR TAIL AREA OF THE FISH. The ruler marks must be easily legible in your photo submission. The Control Card must appear in each photo submitted. Failure to include this will disqualify your entry.

3. Scoring: The tournament will feature Northern Pike and Musky.  Each team member will be scored on the longest pike or musky they submit that adheres to the rules. You can upgrade your smallest fish submitted with a larger one at anytime during tournament fishing hours, per part 1 and part 2 rules. Your total will be added to your team total to determine the winning team.

4. Start and Finish Times: Tournament fishing for Part 1 will begin at 12:01 am CST 08-24-2019. End of the tournament fishing for Part 1 will be 7:00am CST 09-7-2018.

Tournament fishing for Part 2 destination will begin at 8:00am CST 09-7-2019. End of online tournament fishing for Part 2 destination will be Saturday, 1pm CST 9-7-2019.

All entry submissions MUST be received in the time periods defined above. We’re NOT responsible for any 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 lunch and an award ceremony following the close of Part 2 Lake (TBD) fishing at tournament headquarters.

6. Catch: All fish must be taken with a fishing rod, line and ONLY during tournament fishing hours. Participant 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. Entrants 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: 

PART 1: You MUST fish and launch ONLY on lakes in MN, IA, WI, ND or SD. You may only access the lake, river or stream via a public access any can use.

PART 2: You can fish lakes and rivers (TBD).

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 may also be 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 any form and payment for this tournament 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.

15. Prize Winner Qualification: You MUST be in attendance at the post fish award ceremony for Part 2 to be eligible for any prizes that will be awarded or given away at that event. 

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 and sponsors.

No refunds will be made for any reason once you have signed up. Names are added manually to the entrant list. It may take a day or so depending on what my social schedule looks like.

Sep
14
Sat
2019
2019 St. Croix Team Tournament
Sep 14 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm

St. Croix River Kayak Fishing Tournament

From Shane, thoughts on how this could work

We could have teams of two and allow four fish per team. Allowing the open mouth for judgement of pictures would be less of a headache.  Each member from each team would be required to register at least one fish, this would be more competitive and help to assure the teammates are working together.

We also could have a draft for teams with those more knowledgeable paired with others who maybe don’t fish as much. This would also help others learn from people who they may not fish with otherwise and hopefully lead to more fellowship. This format would eliminate the issue of having shuttles, as I believe most kayakers would load two kayaks in one truck and leave the other at the desired pickup location of there choice. The hours of fishing could be from 7-2 but back at destination by 3.

The destination would be at the Lions Park on the Wisconsin side that has plenty of available parking. I would suggest having the tournament in August or September due to the fluctuating water tables in the earlier months. Plenty of camping and hotels in the area. Either fishing license ( MN/WI ) is acceptable on the river.

Sep
28
Sat
2019
2019 Bronze Back Tourney #2
Sep 28 @ 11:36 pm – 11:51 pm

CW Outfitting Bronze Back-Kayak Fishing Tournament

Placeholder only. Date may change.

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