Monday, July 10, 2017

Congratulations Tyler Mohr 2017 Minnesota Bowfin Club Grand Champion!!!

27.5" Jerkbait
This big barker allowed Tyler Mohr to win the 2017 Minnesota Bowfin Club Grand Championship.  I believe it was caught in a backwater somewhere on the Mississippi River.
23.5" Swim Jig
2nd Place went to Chuck Fields for a 23 incher caught out of Gull Lake.
21.5" Mad Maxx Frog
3rd Place went to Dave Maas  with a 21.5" fish caught out of the Platte River on a frog.

21" Spinnerbait
Honorable Mention goes to Jim Svenningson for this fish caught in Long Lake in Isanti County on a yellow spinnerbait.

Friday, June 30, 2017

Grand Championship Reporting Deadline Changed Until July 7th

I dropped the ball on informing that the deadline for reporting catches was coming up today, so I am extending the deadline for reporting your fish caught before July 1st, until July 7th.  The fish must still be caught prior to July 1st. 

Thanks
The Prez

Saturday, March 25, 2017

2017 Grand Championship Rules

Note Rule Change: This year the Grand Championship tournament end date is June 30th and you must report your catch no later than July 1st.

MBC GRAND CHAMPIONSHIP TOURNAMENT RULES:

ELIGIBILITY- Anyone catching a Bowfin in the State of Minnesota including Border Waters.

SPECIES - Only Bowfin (Dogfish) caught in Minnesota waters are used for determining the season's Grand Champion.

TOURNAMENT HOURS/SEASON - All hours from ice-out through June 30th are open for competition.

TOURNAMENT WATERS- All MN bodies of water with a population of bowfin are eligible from their individual date of ice out.

LIVE RELEASE - All fish must be returned to the water alive and unharmed after measuring.

FISHING METHOD - Only artificial lures may be used to take fish.

OTHER SPECIES - Any other fish caught, which is not in season, must be returned to the water immediately. It is expected that MBC members and tournament participants will within reason try to minimize the odds of catching fish that are not yet in their open season.

MEASURING FISH - Fish must be measured with the mouth (closed) to the tip of the tail.

REGISTRATION - Send your name, the length of the fish, the date caught, and the lure used to basspastor@hotmail.com
Optional: Include body of water caught from.

Registration must be in before midnight on July 1st unless the deadline is extended.

GRAND CHAMPION - The longest fish reported before July 1st determines the overall Grand Champion.

LEADING FISH- In an effort to encourage reporting of bowfin catches the length of the leading fish will NOT be communicated until the tournament is over.

Past MBC Grand Champions with winning fish length since Club founding in 1999:

1999 Ken Fields 25"
2000 Chuck Fields 23.75"
2001 Guy Henkensiefken 23"
2002 Dean Sauer & Tom Swanson (tie) 26.5"
2003 Dan Quinn 31"
2004 Dave Maas 30"
2005 Alan Steinbauer 28.5"
2006 Dave Maas 30"
2007 Chuck Steinbauer 26.5"
2008 Dennis Lothspeich 26"
2009 Scot Zeidler 26.5"
2010 Chuck Fields 28"
2011 Dennis Lothspeich 27.75"
2012 Nick Jacob 25"
2013 Adam Henkensiefken 24.5"
2014 Joe Torbert 30"
2015 Chuck Steinbauer 26"
2016 Barry Mowers 26"

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A Big Fin From Last Summer

30" Spinnerbait (chart)

16" Golden Rule
This doggy was caught on a chartreuse spinnerbait on Kroon Lake by Matt Filla.

Friday, July 15, 2016

A Beautiful Fin

This fish was caught during a high school bass tournament  on Clearwater Lake.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Big Bowfin Barry Wins His 1st MBC Grand Championship Title

Barry Mowers caught his 26" bowfin on Leech Lake on Memorial Day on a brown River2Sea Yabbie to win this years title.

The only other person to register a doggy this year was Chuck Steinbauer with a 24.5".  I think he told me he got it on Platte Lake.

Next year the tournament is going to run from ice out through the full month of June.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Sport Smith With a Hefty Barker

Sport was fishing in a bass tournament when he got this fin on a wacky rigged worm.  No measurement so it doesn't count for the Derby.

Speaking of the Grand Championship Tournament.  Today is the last day to catch a bowfin.  I am putting off the notification deadline until Friday.  Get your catches into me ASAP at basspastor@hotmail.com.



Friday, April 22, 2016

President's First Landed Fin of the Year

24.5" Custom Jigs & Spin Glow Demon with a minnow
I had one on about the same size as this the night before, but the hook came out before I could land it.  Seeing as how I got it with live bait it doesn't count as an entry for the Grand Championship.
It didn't quite wreck my Demon
They have been biting pretty good on Platte Lake the last couple of days.

Here is beauty that the guy wouldn't throw back because he believes it is against the law to do so.  It's against the law to throw back a dead bowfin.  Releasing them alive is just fine.  I tried to tell the guy that, but he started to argue with me.  So I backed off on trying to get him to release it.

Sunday, March 27, 2016

MBC Grand Championship Tournament Rules

ELIGIBILITY- Anyone catching a Bowfin in the State of Minnesota including Border Waters.

SPECIES - Only Bowfin (Dogfish) caught in Minnesota waters are used for determining the season's Grand Champion.

TOURNAMENT HOURS/SEASON - All hours from ice-out through June 15 each year are open for competition.

TOURNAMENT WATERS- All MN bodies of water with a population of bowfin are eligible from their individual date of ice out.

LIVE RELEASE - All fish must be returned to the water alive and unharmed after measuring.

FISHING METHOD - Only artificial lures may be used to take fish.

OTHER SPECIES - Any other fish caught, which is not in season, must be returned to the water immediately. It is expected that MBC members and tournament participants will within reason try to minimize the odds of catching fish that are not yet in their open season.

MEASURING FISH - Fish must be measured with the mouth (closed) to the tip of the tail.

REGISTRATION - Send your name, the length of the fish, the date caught, and the lure used to basspastor@hotmail.com
Optional: Include body of water caught from.

Registration must be in before midnight on June 15th of each year.

GRAND CHAMPION - The longest fish reported before June 16th determines the overall Grand Champion.

LEADING FISH- In an effort to encourage reporting of bowfin catches the length of the leading fish will NOT be communicated until the tournament is over.

Past MBC Grand Champions with winning fish length since Club founding in 1999:

1999 Ken Fields 25"
2000 Chuck Fields 23.75"
2001 Guy Henkensiefken 23"
2002 Dean Sauer & Tom Swanson (tie) 26.5"
2003 Dan Quinn 31"
2004 Dave Maas 30"
2005 Alan Steinbauer 28.5"
2006 Dave Maas 30"
2007 Chuck Steinbauer 26.5"
2008 Dennis Lothspeich 26"
2009 Scot Zeidler 26.5"
2010 Chuck Fields 28"
2011 Dennis Lothspeich 27.75"
2012 Nick Jacob 25"
2013 Adam Henkensiefken 24.5"
2014 Joe Torbert 30"
2015 Chuck Steinbauer 26"