YOU MAY DOWNLOAD A COPY OF THE BOAT INSPECTION CARD AND HAVE YOUR BOAT INSPECTED BEFORE THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 8 IF YOU PLAN TO REGISTER THAT DAY.
AIS Boat Inspections
Regulations require that each boat participating in the Frank Schneider tournament be inspected for aquatic invasive species at an official inspection location during the week prior to the tournament before it is put into any tournament waters for fishing or pre-fishing. The ONLY exception is if the boat has been in the same body of water you will be fishing and nowhere else for a minimum of 30 days prior to the tournament or any pre-fishing.
Included in the confirmation information mailed to each participant is a green Boat Inspection Card. Every contestant must check one of the choices on the left-hand side of the card and complete the box on the lower right-hand side. If you checked choice number 3, please complete the upper portion on the right-hand side of the card when you r boat is inspected. If the inspector indicates that your boat must be decontaminated, please fill out that portion of the card.
Most popular fishing/recreation lakes throughout the state have inspectors at the boat ramps. If you go boating/fishing during the week before the tournament or Labor Day weekend, take the card with you and have your boat inspected. Make sure you get the information wheb you pull out to be able to complete the card. If your boat is in the driveway, take the time to have it inspected before you driveto the tournament area or before you pick up your tournament packet on Thursday, September 8.
No tournament buttons or packets will be released without a completed green Boat Inspection Card.
Tournament Area Inspection Locations
Cass County will have inspectors until 5;30 pm September 8 at Walker City Park. The inspectors will then move to the Northern Lights Casino parking lot and be there until 10 pm.
Keep checking the DNR website at www.dnr.state.mn.us/invasives/watercraft_inspect/courtesydecon.html for other DNR locations in your area.
We encourage you to pre-register for the tournament. If you want to wait until Thursday, September 8 to register at One Stop, Reed's, or Gander Mountain-Bemidji, you are still responsible for having your boat inspected if needed to recieve your tournament packet. Please know that most inspection stations will be closed by 5 pm, so you may not be able to find an inspection station until the next morning.
The following is a schedule of some specific Inspection locations around the state that have been confirmed. If you dont find a lake that works for you, please refer to the AIS Contact info sheets below this schedule.
Contact tournament director, Eric Bakke - 612-202-7169, who will be able to direct you to other inspection sites in the area.