Frank Schneider Muskie Tournament 2021 Official Rules

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SEPTEMBER 10 & 11: 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM • SEPTEMBER 12: 7:00 AM – 11:00 AM


DESIGNATED TOURNAMENT WATERS

ZONE 1: Lake Bemidji • Lake Irving • Carr Lake • Lake Marquette • Stump Lake and Mississippi River between Lake Bemidji and Lake Andrusia
ZONE 2: Lake Andrusia • Wolf Lake • Cass Lake • Kitchie Lake • Buck Lake • Pike Bay • Lake Winnibigoshish • Mississippi River between Cass Lake and Lake Winnibigoshish
ZONE 3: Lake Benedict • Leech Lake
ZONE 4: Woman Lake • Girl Lake • Lake Wabedo • Little Boy Lake • Rice Lake • Lake Inguadona • Boy River • Boy Lake • Swift Lake
ZONE 5: Mantrap Lake
ZONE 6: Lake Plantagenet
ZONE 7: Big Lake


1. Each contestant must complete a tournament entry, comply with boat inspections, and comply with all rules. Non-compliance will result in expulsion with no refunds.

2. Every contestant must have a smart phone available in the boat. The Lake Labs app must be downloaded on that phone.

3. Every contestant must have a commercially-produced 60-inch folding or rigid bump board with fixed 90-degree angle upright section for touching head end (nose or jaw) of the fish available in the boat. Measuring stick, ruler or board with sliding scale is not acceptable.

4. There must be a minimum of two persons in each boat. All occupants in the boat, including guides, must be registered tournament contestants whether they fish or not.

5. Boats, equipment, and conduct must comply with all Minnesota State laws. Minnesota State Fishing Licenses are required.

6. All contestants must be wearing an approved personal flotation device when the boat is under power of the gas motor.

7. As stewards/representatives of the tournament and the sport of muskie fishing, all contestants must be courteous to other contestants, tournament officials, and non-contestants.

The tournament committee reserves the right to disqualify a contestant for any obvious misconduct on the water or at a launch site.

8. For the duration of the tournament, tournament waters may be fished ONLY during tournament hours. Hours are Friday and Saturday 7:00 am-7:00 pm and Sunday 7:00 am to 11:00 am.

9. All fish must be caught during tournament hours in designated waters using legal sport fishing tackle. ONLY ARTIFICAL LURES/BAITS MAY BE USED.

10. All muskies entered must be at least 40 inches in length. Fish must be returned to the water alive in the presence of one witness. Contestants must remain with the fish until it swims away unaided.

11. TOURNAMENT ZONES: Tournament waters are divided into zones. All contestants must only fish in the zone they select and all boat partners must be registered to fish in the same zone. All boats must remain in the zone selected at registration for the duration of the tournament.

12. TOURNAMENT IDENTIFICATION: Each contestant will be issued a Tournament Identification badge displaying their tournament number and zone. The Tournament ID must be visible and identifiable in your bump board photo submitted for fish registration.

13. FISH REGISTRATION PHOTOS: This is a Catch, Photo & Release (CPR) tournament. Once you have caught a fish and have it in the boat, take your pictures using the phone that has the Lake Labs app downloaded. You are required to submit 2 photos of your fish.

Photo 1 must show the entire fish on a commercially-produced bump board with your Tournament ID badge clearly visible. Fish’s nose or jaw must be touching upright portion of the board. Tournament officials must be able to see measurement in the photo.

Photo 2 must show contestant holding the fish. It is preferable to hold the fish in a horizontal (not vertical) position.

Submitted photos will become the property of Twin Cities Chapter of Muskies, Inc.

14. FISH REGISTRATION: Once the fish has been safely released alive, register your fish using the Lake Labs app downloaded to your phone. You must answer a few questions and submit your 2 photos of the fish.

If you have trouble using the app, contact Tournament Director, Peter Janik, at 952-649-9576.

A fish is not officially registered until you have received confirmation in the app. The app will record the official time the fish is registered.

FISH MUST BE REGISTERED THE DAY THEY ARE CAUGHT. WE MUST RECEIVE REGISTRATION BY 8 PM ON FRIDAY AND SATURDAY AND 12 NOON ON SUNDAY.

15. POINT SYSTEM: You will receive 10 points for each 40-inch muskie released. In addition, you will receive one-half point for each 1/2 inch over 40 inches. In order to receive additional points the fish’s tail must be at or over the next measurement line – no rounding up.

Examples: 40 inches = 10 points

  • 42-1/4 inches = 10 + 2 = 12 points
  • 42-1/2 inches = 10 + 2-1/2 = 12-1/2 points
  • 42-3/4 inches = 10 + 2-1/2 = 12-1/2 points

16. TIES: In the case of multiple contestants having the same number of points, the Lake Labs app recorded time of first fish registration will be used as the tie breaker, with the earlier time getting the better place.

17. VIOLATIONS: Please report any violation of tournament rules that you witness. All violations reported will be kept confidential and anonymous.

Violations must be reported as soon as possible to Tournament Director, Peter Janik at 952-649-9576 or tcmi.fstourneydirector@gmail.com. Include descriptive details, tournament number, and any other information that would be helpful. All violation reports must be received in writing and signed no later than 12 noon on Sunday.

If a violation has been presented against you and you to wish to contest it, you must respond in writing no later than 12:30 pm on Sunday.

The Rules Committee will make the final ruling on all violations. All parties involved will be informed of the decision. All rulings by the Committee are final.

18. INSPECTION: Judges and/or tournament officials may inspect boats, equipment and/or measuring devices at any time during the tournament until the Awards Program is completed.

19. MUSKIE DIVISION: Prizes will be awarded to the top ten anglers determined by points earned.  Must be present at awards program to win.

20. JUNIOR DIVISION: Contestants under 18 years of age as of September 10, 2021 are eligible for the Junior Division. All tournament rules are the same. Junior Division will have 3 places with its own prizes. Must be present at awards program to win.

21. NORTHERN PIKE DIVISION: One prize will be awarded to the longest Northern Pike caught in the tournament. All tournament rules will apply except for length requirement which is 38 inches minimum length. Must be present to win. Northern Pike entries are NOT eligible for the Grand Prizes.

22. GRAND PRIZE DRAWINGS: The first muskie registered by each contestant (adult or junior) qualifies the contestant for an entry into Grand Prize Drawings.

To be eligible for the Grand Prize drawings, a contestant must register ONE muskie. Contestant’s name will be entered into the Grand Prize drawings ONCE AND ONLY ONCE, regardless of the number of muskies they have registered.

The Grand Prizes will be awarded at the Awards Program on Sunday.

MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN

The Grand Prize winners will be responsible for all applicable taxes associated with acceptance of Grand Prize.


GRAND PRIZES AND BONUSES

YOU MUST BE PRESENT TO WIN. All Grand Prizes and Bonuses will be awarded on Sunday. In case of ties, first fish registered will have the better place.

GRAND PRIZES. Total Grand Prize cash amount of $15,000 is based on a field of 500 paid tournament entrants. Total cash amount will be figured on a sliding scale. If there are less than 500 entrants, the total cash amount will be less than $15,000. If the number of entrants exceeds 500, the total cash amount will be more. Total amount will be divided into three equal amounts and awarded to three Grand Prize winners selected by draw.

LADIES BONUS. The top three longest muskies registered by a female contestant, regardless of age, will each receive a cash bonus of $100.

FLY FISHING BONUS. The longest registered muskie caught and witnessed using fly fishing tackle will win gift certificates redeemable at Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop in St. Paul.

50-INCH BONUS.  Every person who registers a 50-inch muskie or longer, will receive a $50 gift certificate from Thorne Bros. redeemable in store or on-line.

LONGEST RELEASED MUSKIE.  A graphite replica from Lax Reproductions will be awarded for the longest muskie released. Fish must be a minimum of 53 inches. Please take girth measurement for fish replica.