Monday, July 11, 2022

There is a 2021 and 2022 Grand Champions

 I didn't put up rules or post anything here, but I kept track of entries in 2021 and 2022.

The 2021 Minnesota Bowfin Club Grand Champion Is Michael "Darth Wader" Thompson.

The 2022 Minnesota Bowfin Club Grand Champion is Alan Steinbauer, the first-ever 3-Time Grand Champion.

There is a video of Mike's catch and a picture of Al's. If I get around to it. I will get that stuff posted eventually and get this blog updated with the times. It seems that my blogroll gadgets are obsolete.

Monday, May 24, 2021

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Sorry About Not Keeping UP, There will be a Grand Championship This Year

I've had some things health-wise nagging at me for most of the spring that has really sapped my energy.  I go fishing, but then just have to crash.  Seeing as how I didn't get the Grand Championship stuff done before ice off.  It went to the back burner.  It will be the same rules as last year.   Hopefully, I'll get it updated here at the blog in the next week.

Monday, July 23, 2018

Alan Steinbauer is the 2018 Grand Champion

Alan Steinbauer 2005 & 2018 Club Grand Champion
The Minnesota Bowfin Club now has it's 5th two-time Grand Champion.  Alan won this year's championship with a 26" fish caught on a Berkley Big Tex Pit Boss out of Shields Lake in Rice County on June 26th.  He joins me Dave Maas, Chuck Steinbauer, Dennis Lothspeich, and Chuck Fields as two-time champions.
Jim Svenningsen 24" wacky rigged worm (PB 7J)
2nd Place this year went to Jim Svenningsen with that 24-inch fish.
Stacey Svenningsen 23.25" spinnerbait (yellow)
3rd Place went to Jim's wife Stacey with a 23-inch fin.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

2018 Grand Championship Ends June 30th

Sure I didn't get around to specifying rules for this year.  But here they are now on the last day.  Same rules as last year.  Contest ends June 30th.  Need to inform me of your catch by July 3rd.


Thank You
MBC President

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. 

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.


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
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.