Rules

North Dakota Fishing Challenge Tournament Rules – 2018

 I. Participants and Eligibility

A.  Each team leader must submit an official entry form along with the $200 (per team) entry fee deposit to North Dakota Teen Challenge NO LATER than noon the Friday prior to each respective tournament.   Upon acceptance, applicants will be entered into the field.  A team may consist of two (2) or three (3) individuals.  Those who enter after the field is full will be placed on an alternate list.  Confirmations will be both mailed and emailed.  The Missouri River, Devils Lake, and Parshall Bay tournaments have a max of 50 teams.

C.  Contestants may pay with a credit card, check or money order (no cash will be accepeted)

D.  Contestants must follow all current ND Game and Fish regulations. 

E.  Any contestant who is not in good physical or mental condition and cannot freely move about the boat without assistance must have a partner who can handle those necessary tasks. 

F.  This is a two (2) or three (3) person per boat fishing tournament.  If both contestants are under age 16, a guardian or parent must be present.  There is no age limit. 

 II. Scoring

A. The winner’s total weight of top 5 walleyes from the team will determine the prize payout for that division.

B. Contestants may fish for any species but only walleye will be part of the scoring process.

C. Weigh-in headquarters will be at the perspective boat ramps (unless changed at a later date) for each tournament.  An official weigh-in/leader board will also be present to keep track of weights as they come in. 

E. In the case of a first-place tie, the tie-breaker will be the earliest fish registered.  Scales open at 1 p.m.  Other ties will be settled by a coin toss.

F. Contestants will place their fish in the appropriate weigh-in basket when directed by tournament officials. 

 III. Tournament Format

A. Tournament boundaries: 

The Bismarck Tournament will launch from the Graner Bottoms boat ramp on the Missouri River and will have the South Dakota state line as one boundary line. Participants can go as far north as time allows.  During the Devils Lake tournament, any part of the lake, accessible by boat from the launch area, is open for fishing. Also for the Parshall tournament, all of Lake Sakakawea, accessible by boat from the launching site, is open. The only exception would be any restrictions placed on it by the North Dakota Game and Fish.  All boats must launch from the ramp designated for each tournament. 

B. Launching (Stagger Start) – (6AM boats can begin to enter water)

              – 7AM tournament launch – Missouri River, Graner Bottoms – April 14, 2018

              – 7AM tournament launch – Devils Lake, Creel Bay (Woodland Resort) - June 16, 2018

              – 7AM tournament launch – Lake Sakakawea, Parshall Bay – June 23, 2018

C. All boats must return to the designated weigh station and check in with the timekeeper no later than 3:00 p.m.  The official time will be shown on GPS units.  If boats are in line at the timekeeper’s boat by 3:00 p.m., they will be considered in on time.  Late boats have until 3:05 p.m. to make it to the timekeeper’s boat, but will sacrifice 50 percent of their weight for each division.

D. Artificial lures and live bait are allowed.

E. Each competitor must observe safe boat conduct, no-wake zones, and local navigation rules and demonstrate courtesy at all times.  Contestants must also act in a sportsmanlike manner at all times.

F. Tournament officials reserve the right to disallow the use of any boat they deem unsafe or unsuitable for use in this tournament. 

G. The tournament director will interpret rules according to the spirit and intent of the rule and his decision in all matters is final.

H. All prizes and trophies will be awarded from the weigh-in stage immediately upon completion of the tournament.