Start planning for 2015 fishing tournaments

Anglers and others who want to host fishing tournaments in 2015 can apply now, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources said.

The application application form at

Applicants should consider:

  • The application period opened Friday, Aug. 1, and preference is given to applications received by Friday, Sept. 26.
  • Permits are required for most tournaments with more than 25 boats, or an entry fee more than $25, or ice fishing contests exceeding 150 participants.
  • A fee is required to apply, due at time of application, with fees typically ranging from $60 to $200.• Permits are not required for certain types of contests, including youth tournaments.
  • A lottery is used to allocate permits if the number of applications exceeds monthly limits.

The DNR limits the size and frequency of tournaments on most waters based on lake size, and also keeps two weekends each month free of permitted tournaments.

“By limiting the number of contests held on a monthly basis, we are addressing the concerns that fishing tournaments might disturb the fishing, swimming, boating and other water recreation of lake users,” said Al Stevens, fisheries program consultant.

The application fee is designed to recover administrative costs and free up dollars for fish management programs.

For detailed tournament regulations, call the DNR Information Center, 651-296-6157 or 888-646-6367; online at