2022 Leech Lake Walleye Tournament Rules
Preliminary Rules are subject to change
CPR – Catch Photo Release
Anglers will report the measurement, and the app will apply a weight conversion. Winners will be determined by weight.
PARTICIPATION & ELIGIBILITY
The Leech Lake Walleye Tournament is a team tournament. Contestants must enter as two-person teams (no "Partner TBD" or unknown partner names on the entry forms) and must fish together from the same boat. Fishing alone is discouraged. If a situation arises where only one member of the team can participate, proper notification must be made to the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament directors as soon as possible. Upon approval, the director may provide an observer.
Each team member must complete, sign, and submit an official entry form with complete entry fee by the published due date. (No refunds after May 16, 2022). The Participation Agreement releasing the Walker Area Community Center, Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and Leech Lake Walleye Tournament's officers, agents, employees, and sponsors from all damages must be signed and dated by both team members.
Any person 17 years of age or younger must be teamed with a parent or guardian. No persons under age 12 may participate as contestants. A team must consist of one contestant 17 years of age or younger to be eligible for the Adult/Youth division prizes.
The Leech Lake Walleye Tournament reserves the right to refuse entry to any individuals who have been barred or disqualified from any tournament for rules violations.
Teams from the 2019 tournament receive priority to enter to the 2022 Leech Lake Walleye Tournament. In order to receive priority in this year’s tournament we must receive your completed tournament entry along with the entry fee of $425.00 per team by January 31st, 2022. Any openings remaining between February 1st and February 7th, 2022, may be filled by a returning 2019 angler with a new team member. Any openings remaining on February 8th, 2022, they will be filled on a first come-first-serve basis.
Acceptable payment is check or money order. The check or money order should be made out to:
LLACC or Leech Lake Walleye Tournament
This entry form must be signed by both team members. Failure to do so will mean return of entry form. Entries will only be accepted when all information is complete and signed.
PRE-TOURNAMENT PRACTICE, REGISTRATION & RULES MEETING
All registration must be completed using the app. The FishDonkey app will be used to photo document fish and will generate live leaderboards. The leaderboards will update through the event as fish are submitted. All entries will be considered unofficial until verified. It is your responsibility to train on and test the App before the tournament.
MEASURING AND PHOTO DOCUMENTATION
● All photos must be taken through the FishDonkey app and measurements must be on a “Judge” measuring board. “Judge” measuring boards will be inspected on both mornings prior to tournament launch. Board length markings must be clearly legible. No alterations or enhanced lines will be allowed.
● Fish should be recorded immediately, and measurements noted by length.
● All submissions must include at least two photographs and 1 video: 1) Photo Scoring Shot - pic of fish on measuring board 2) Hero Shot - A pic of you holding the fish. 3) A release video of the fish going back into the water.
1st photo Scoring Shot
Place the fish on the Judge ruler with the left side up, the belly of the fish down (facing the team member) when measuring the fish
You may not insert anything inside the gill plate of the fish while measuring. Open mouth will be an automatic ½ inch deduction. Absolutely NO hands, fingers, or props are allowed under the fish to alter fish length.
You may not insert anything inside the gill plate of the fish while measuring. Open mouth will be an automatic 1/2’ deduction
Absolutely NO hands, fingers, or props are allowed under the fish to alter fish length.
The partners agree on the length of the fish to ¼ inch accuracy. If the tail fin touches or crosses a graduation line on the ruler the official length of the fish for scoring purposes will be lengthened to the next one quarter of an inch line of the ruler.
Example: 19 ¾” Fish will count as a 20” Legal “under” fish.
Example: 20” fish will count as a 20 ¼” Legal “over” fish. It will be considered one of your “overs”
Minimum size for walleyes is 14 inches. Legal fish must be at least 14”.
Example: A 13 ¾” is not a legal fish – will not be rounded up.
While the fish is being held on the ruler – take the scoring photo which clearly shows the overall length of the fish. The head and tail of the fish must be included and show clearly. The photograph must be taken of the left side of the fish only. A photo that does not clearly show the overall length of the fish including head and tail and the left side of the fish on the ruler will not be scored. Take as many photos as needed to assure you get a clear photo including all requirements.
2nd photo – Hero Shot
Photo must be taken of the fish being held up by one team member. Fish must be released immediately, once photos have been successfully submitted by the App. These photos will be used for technical evaluation and may be used on stage during the awards ceremony or posted to media outlets.
Failure to submit a hero shot will be an automatic ½ inch deduction.
3rd Release Video
A video must show the live release of the fish back into the water.
PRACTICE THE FISHDONKEY APP AHEAD OF TIME
Test the app before you get out on the water.
1. Download the app
2. Join "Practice Entering a Fish"
It is the sole responsibility of the teams to be proficient in the use of the app.
FishDonkey in poor reception areas-Prepare in advance, just in case.
The app will work without internet reception. Do this: Tap on the name of the tournament on the FD home screen. Your event is now fully loaded, and you are ready.
When you return to good reception: Your Digital Livewell® (fish icon) will show you if there are fish waiting to get pushed into the leaderboard. Open your Digital Livewell® and leave that screen open/active until all fish are “Received”. If your pictures are missing from the leaderboard, this is what you need to do. Until your pictures are received, do not delete or alter the photos on your phone, as the software will not accept your photos as originals. If you tap RESUBMIT, you only need to tap it once. Keep the screen "awake" by tapping in a blank area on the screen to keep it processing
All teams will be required to use the official ruling board. Teams will use the “JUDGE” and supply their own board.
“Judge” measuring boards will be inspected on both mornings prior to tournament launch. Board length markings must be clearly legible. No alterations or enhanced lines will be allowed.
Your tournament Directors are John Dainsberg and Gregg Parks. If you need to reach your director, their contact info is in the “i” info icon with your tournament in app.
The interpretation and enforcement of the rules is at the sole discretion of the directors. The tournament directors may change rules or impose sanctions as they deem appropriate, including but not limited to disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes, and prohibition from competing in future tournaments. All decisions made by the tournament directors are final.
All participants must be off the water by 3 P.M. the day before the tournament. Fishing is allowed only during tournament hours thereafter. From 3:00 P.M. the day before the tournament through the events conclusion, direct travel to and from boat docks and or docking facility is the ONLY lake travel allowed.
Boat positioning will be determined by witnessed random draw.
Attendance is mandatory by at least one team member at the Rules and Procedure Meeting on Friday, June 3, 2022, at 6:00 pm at the Northern Lights Casino & Hotel. Failure to register and check-in BEFORE the start of the rules meeting results in disqualification for the tournament.
Teams must check in each morning prior to the tournament starting. Check in may begin at 5:30 am.
Each team must also check in again with the Official Timekeeper and turn in their boat board at the conclusion of each fishing day. Teams who return late to check in will forfeit their total weight for that day. Failure to check in may result in team ineligibility in future events.
Teams must remain within tournament boundaries during the tournament hours.
All team members must remain in their boats each day during tournament hours. In the case of an emergency, teams may leave their boat to enter another team's boat or rescue craft. In such a situation, partners must remain within sight of each other until they reach tournament headquarters.
Teams must abide by all local navigation laws and AVOID RESTRICTED AREAS AT ALL TIMES.
Tournament dates are Saturday, June 4th and Sunday, June 5th, 2022.
Tournament waters include all navigable waters of Leech Lake east to Highway 8 and west excluding Benedict Lake. Fishing in Kabekona Lake and Steamboat Lake is prohibited.
Fishing hours begin at 7:00 A.M. with the field divided into three flights departing in numerical order.
Returning flights will be in 20-minute intervals beginning at 3 P.M. and subsequent flights every 20 minutes thereafter. . (3:00 pm – 3:20 pm – 3:40 pm)
The order of field is reversed on Day 2
EQUIPMENT AND TACKLE
Artificial and live bait are allowed.
Only one line per competitor is allowed.
Any cellular phone and radio communications (broadcasting and/or monitoring) during tournament hours, other than contact with tournament director, submitting Fish documentation, or in the case of emergency or for safety reasons is prohibited.
Any magnified viewing device used to observe competitors is not allowed. Competing Press members must obtain permit to carry professional camera equipment.
No underwater cameras are allowed.
The Leech Lake Walleye Tournament is a catch photo/release tournament. Each contestant should do all they can to ensure the wellbeing of their catch.
Only Walleyes will be weighed. The tournament will include 5/under and 1/over.
Each team may CPR multiple fish under 20” throughout the day. Fish Donkey will auto cull your top 5 fish under 20”. Minimum size for walleyes is 14 inches. Legal fish must be at least 14”.
Example: A 13 ¾” is not a legal fish – will not be rounded up.
Each team may CPR 2 fish over 20”. The smallest of these two will be zeroed out at the end of the day. Only submit 2 over 20” – if more than 2 are submitted the time stamp will be used to zero out fish after your first two.
Example: Any fish touching the 20” line gets rounded up to a legal “over”.
Extra-large fish that exceed the length of your bump board. Use a commercial measuring tape and line it up with the 0" of your bump board. Place the fish on top of the measure tape/bump board. Bump the nose of the fish against the 90-degree angle to mark the 0" start of your measurement. Photo or video document your fish from nose to tail, covering the complete length of the fish.
Any fish altered (before or after being caught) which enhances the weight or circumvents tournament slot limits will not be allowed and will be grounds for immediate team disqualification if so, determined by the tournament rules committee.
The official ruler will be "The Judge." Fish will be measured by an official in any manner that results in the longest length.
Total accumulated weight in pounds less non-releasable penalty will determine the final standings, the big fish awards, and any additional awards.
Penalties include ½ inch for open mouth in photo and ½ inch for failure to send in hero shot.
If a tie occurs, the team with the heaviest weight on the second day of the tournament will determine the tiebreaker. The second determining factor in case of tie will be determined by largest fish on Day 2 of tournament. If a third tiebreaker is needed, any cash awards of the two finishers will be added together and divided equally to each team.
Cash awards and prizes are based on a full field of participants. The tournament committee reserves the right to adjust cash/prize values accordingly.
Each participant must always observe safe boat conduct.
Each participant is required to wear Coast Guard Approved chest-type life preserver, which is fully secured whenever the main combustion engine is running above idling speed.
Instant engine stop switches must be operating and used properly when contestants are using the main engine above trolling speeds.
Main combustion engine horsepower may not exceed the Coast Guard B.I.A. or N.M.M.A. horsepower rating plate on the boat.
Boat registration numbers on all boats must be clear and identifiable.
All boats must carry a minimum of $100,000 liability insurance.
Use of alcohol or drugs (other than those prescribed by a licensed physician; or purchased over the counter), during the tournament is prohibited. Violation of this rule may result in disqualification from present and future events.
Tournament officials reserve the right to delay, cancel or restrict tournaments waters in case of severe weather.
During the tournament, official weather announcements will be made through the app in which the tournament is happening. In the event of a thunderstorm, lighting and/or severe weather, contestants may pull into the nearest shoreline until it is safe to continue fishing. Contestants my not leave their boats during tournament hours unless severe weather forces them ashore.
Tournament officials reserve the right to disallow the use of any boat and/or motor they deem to be unsafe, inappropriate, or unsuitable for use. The Tournament Director's decision in this matter is final and may be made at any time.
All contestants will be expected to always act in a sportsmanlike manner towards non-competitors and competitors alike. This shall include the areas of safety, conservation, and courtesy. Violators of this rule will be subject to disqualification.
Any unfavorable conduct or action by a competitor which could negatively reflect on the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament will be grounds for disqualification and/or future rejection of entry application.
During tournament’s fishing hours, contestants will not discuss techniques, tactics, or fishing spots with any other contestant; nor will they be allowed to receive fishing information from non-competitors. Non-competitors are not allowed to anchor or hold spots for contestants.
RULES AND INTERPRETATION
Contestants are responsible for knowing tournament rules as well as state and local rules and regulations, which pertain to the tournament waters. Any team violating state or local rules may be disqualified at the discretion of the Tournament Director.
All protests must be lodged with the Tournament Director in writing ½ hour of completion of daily weigh- in. (4:30 pm) Following interviews with concerned parties, a ruling will be made. The Tournament Director will interpret rules accordingly to the spirit and intent of the rule and his decision in all disputes is final. A $100.00 fee must accompany protest.
Tournament officials reserve the right to polygraph any contestant.
Failure to return the assigned boat number card may result in disqualification from the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament.
If rules infractions are brought to the Tournament Director's attention at any time, and investigation proves a violation occurred, a penalty of daily and/or tournament weight may be made. Also, cash prizes and awards must be returned if requested.
● All protests must be brought to the director’s attention before the end of the event.
● Anyone caught breaking the law or disobeying the rules will be disqualified.
● Fish must be hooked and caught live in a conventional manner. Fish cannot be snagged, netted, speared, etc.
● Alterations of fish tails is prohibited. (Clipping)
● Fish cannot be put in live well at any time. This includes all game fish except bait. This will be immediate disqualification.
If you see another angler doing what you believe is a rules violation, follow these steps if possible:
Take out your camera and take a picture or video of the offender.
Call the tournament director immediately.
Participants may be required to take polygraph exams as part of the tournament requirements. If deception is detected or the participant refuses to take the exam, the prize will be forfeited, and the participant will be disqualified. Anglers taking a polygraph examination may be responsible for all costs incurred
Ensure that your correct address, email, and mobile number appear in your app profile for prize announcements and delivery. Prizes are the responsibility of the winners. Transportation, taxes, and incidentals are the responsibility of the winner.
It is the responsibility of the tournament director to disburse all prizes.
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