Fishing for Ducks Rules

1.The Tournament is
scheduled for February 19th, 20th, and 21st, 2021
on Mille Lacs Lake, near Garrison. Please follow state COVID-19 guidelines.

2.There will be varying times and
locations of each “Mini Contest” of up to 230 contestants to accommodate social
distancing. Each Mini Contest will have 10 winners. The single biggest fish
from all the Mini Contests will be the winner of a Grand Prize of $10,000. If there is a tie, all winners will split the $20,000 prize.

·       Except for the Grand Prize, contestants
will be fishing against the people in your area at the same time. Each “Mini
Contest” will have a different color ticket. 
Only contestants with the proper color ticket will be allowed in each

·       Morning contests in each area will start
at 9:00 am and end at 11:00am. Contestants will be allowed into the fishing
area at 8:00am and must be out of the parking area by 11:45am.

·       Afternoon contests will start at 2:00pm
and end at 4:00pm. Contestants will be allowed into the fishing area for
afternoon contests at 1:00pm.

Friday Morning will be Flight 1

Friday Afternoon will be Flight 2

o   Saturday Morning will be Flight  1

o   Saturday Afternoon will be Flight 2

Sunday Morning will be Flight 1

Mini Contest sites will be labelled A, B,
C, D and E from North to South.  A and B
access the lake at Myr Mar, C,D and E will access at Garrison Sports.

·       Fishing for Ducks reserves the right to
combine Mini Contests during the same flight if sales for that flight are low.

·       Fishing for Ducks reserves the right to
add Mini Contests, or even flights if sales are filling up.

3. The top 10 place
prizes for each Mini Contest are determined by largest weight and order
registered. In the event of a tie, the first fish registered takes priority.
Any legal-size fish on the list below may place in the top 10.

4. Each person will
be allowed to fish one line per ticket, two lines maximum. Anglers choosing to
fish multiple lines must use adjacent holes. Only one ticket per angler can be
pre-purchased. Second tickets will be purchased inside the fishing area the day
and time of the contest.  You may
register as many fish as Minnesota laws allow you to keep. Tournament anglers
are eligible for more than one prize. There is no age requirement on tournament

5. Contestants may
reserve no more than 4 holes no earlier than one hour before each contest

6. All fish entered
must be brought to the judges’ stand immediately and be alive. ONLY ONE FISH
. Dead or frozen fish are
ineligible. Judges shall have the right to verify that fish were legally
caught. The decision of the judge is final. All prize winners may be required
to take polygraph exams as part of contest requirements. In the event deception
is detected or the contestant refuses to take the exam, his/her prize will go
to charity. Contestants are responsible for verification of weight of fish at
time of weigh in. When the head judge deems the leader board correct, there
will be an inspection period for all contestants to view the board and put
forth any comments. After that time, the board will be “official” and no
changes will be made.

7. All fish must be
caught and the contestant in route to the judges stand by contest end.  Judges rule will be final.

8. Contestants must
fish in the area designated for the contest and will be required to have their
tickets visible at all times. Ticket checks as well as container inspections
will be required.

9. Contestants will
be allowed to move to other unoccupied holes in the contest area. You are
allowed to bring as many poles as desired but cannot use more than one pole per
hole per ticket at a time. Contestants
must use holes provided and may not be allowed to return after leaving the
contest during contest hours.

10. The tournament
ticket and random drawing tickets are two separate items.

11. Entry fee for
the tournament is $40.00 per ticket. No refunds will be given unless state or
local regulations require us to cancel the contest.

12. Contestants are
responsible for their own safety, actions and property at all times.
Contestants and holes must be in plain view from all sides at all times. NO

13. All laws of the
State of Minnesota will be abided by. No fish may be weighed unless Minnesota
law allows it to be kept by state anglers. Walleyes will only be weighed
between 21 and 23 inches or over 28 inches. No northern pike over 30
inches will be weighed.

14. Prizes are the
responsibility of the winners. Licensing, registration, transportation, taxes,
and all incidental or consequential expenses incurred are the responsibility of
the winners.

15. No motorized
vehicles are allowed in the contest area other than contest officials and law enforcement
personnel. Any contestant bringing a motor vehicle, including ATV’s and
snowmobiles, within 100 yards of the contest perimeter except on our plowed roads and parking areas will be disqualified. Handicapped transportation will be
provided for those wishing to use it.

16. Contestants are
required to park in the areas provided. Watch for signs.

17. Coolers and
large containers are discouraged. No spears allowed. Heaters, small chairs,
bait pails, depth finders are allowed. No licenses sold on the lake. Holes will
be drilled Friday, morning before the contest. Ice chisels are recommended as
holes may not be re-drilled Saturday and Sunday. The use of augers is not
allowed. Weighted lines without hooks or bait can be used to check depth prior
to 15 minutes before go time. No lines are allowed in the water from then to
the start of the contest. No underwater Cameras after 15 minutes before start

18. Failure to
comply with any contest rules subjects’ contestants to disqualification and
removal from competition site, as determined by contest officials. Right to
refuse to sell and/or revoke a competition ticket to anyone is hereby reserved.

19. The Leader Board
will be online, with the link clearly posted on All
efforts will be made to keep the board up to date and accurate. Tournament
results remain unofficial until verified by the head judge. After head judge
deems leader board accurate contestants will have time to verify the results
after which the results will become official and uncontestable.

20. All contestants
and others hereby consent to the use of any names, photographs or likenesses of
themselves to be used in the promotion of our contest, including but not
limited to print, radio, television or any other media.

21. All fish
registered will be immediately released at weigh-in area, unless the contestant
wants to keep it. In which case the fish will be marked by tournament officials
and remain the property of the contestant.

22. The Garrison
Wildlife Chapter of Ducks Unlimited would like to thank you for supporting our
efforts to protect and enhance the environment and request that you remove
refuse, including cigarette butts, from the ice when you leave. Glass containers are not allowed in
contest area and will be confiscated by, and forfeited to, tournament
officials. Waste containers are provided by Garrison Disposal.

23. Tournament fish
include: Walleye, Northern Pike, Perch, Tullibee, Burbot, Rock Bass, Largemouth
Bass, Crappie, and Sunfish.

24. Contestants are
encouraged to have a bucket with water to save fish on the way to the weigh