UPDATES to the plans for the 2012 MFL Season:
Due to a lower than expected participation in the league this year, the league format, schedule, and entry fees have been adjusted. Entries for individual events are now being accepted ($50/team/event) with advance payment and registration required. Results, photos, the application form, and other details are posted on the MFL website at: http://metrofishingleague.com/
Events for 2012:
1. May 19th Mississippi River Pool 2 - event canceled
2. June 23rd Forest Lake (Washington Cty, 31 miles)
3. July 14th Sugar Lake (Wright Cty, 59 miles)
4. August 4th Lake Minnetonka (Hennepin Cty, 21 miles)
5. September 8th Grenn Lake (Chisago Cty)
Changes for 2012:
1. Third person (child of age 12 or less) allowed to participate in tournaments
2. No size limits for any bonus fish species (1 point per species awarded)
3. The top 3 teams from each event will be required to post information on this forum within one week of each event.
4. Up to 20 teams will be allowed to participate. Entries for individual events will be allowed.
6:00 AM to 2:00 PM
One persons legal limit of 3 northern pike, 6 walleye, and 6 bass may be weighed.
A legal muskie (48+) will be counted as 10.00 lbs. (10 points)
All fish species taken legally by hook and line count for one point per species. Multiple sub-species count only one point (see detail below). No length restrictions for any species.
Only a legal bass, northern, walleye, or muskie can qualify as big fish to win the big fish pot for each event.
Verification of Species and/or Size
Bass, Northern, and Walleye plus any entry for big fish should be brought to the weigh-in alive or you may elect to have the weight verified on the water by a league officer using a calibrated portable scale. It is your responsibility to contact one of the league officers (Rob Ruda, Steve Wood, or Scott Regnier) via cell phone and bring the fish to them to be verified on the water after which it MUST be released.
Muskies of 48 or more must be verified by any available team in the league as to its length and photographed with the staple item. They should then be immediately released even if of legal size. If it is necessary to estimate the fishs weight for big fish entry, it will be calculated by a league officer at the weigh-in based on length.
Other species entered for bonus points should be brought to the weigh-in or may be verified by photographing the fish along with the specified staple item for that event.
Size Limits for Weigh-in
12" minimum for bass
14" minimum for walleye (Only 1 over 20)
20" minimum for northern pike (Only 1 over 30)
48 minimum for muskie
Note: Special DNR regulations supersede these when applicable
Bonus Point Species
ALL fish species caught legally with hook and line will earn your team 1 point. Regardless of number caught, the maximum bonus is 1 point per species. This includes but is not limited to catfish, bullhead, carp, sucker, whitebass, sheepshead, dogfish, whitefish, rock bass, and anything else that you happen to catch that is a fish species. Regardless of how many of any bonus species you catch, you only need to verify one of each. Either bring it to the weigh-in (if legal to possess) or take a photo w/ staple item and release it. Sub-species do not count for additional points. The decision of the MFL officers will be considered final. Consider bringing the fish in alive (if legal to possess) if you are in doubt as to its identification. Examples of sub-species are
1. Bluegills, sunfish, pumpkinseeds, etc.
2. White and black crappie
3. Walleye, sauger, and saugeye
4. Largemouth and smallmouth bass
5. Channel, flathead, and blue catfish
6. Hybrid and tiger muskie
7. Whitefish, cisco, tullibee, mooneye, goldeye
8. Sheepshead or drum
9. Carp (all kinds)
10. Suckers (all kinds except Buffalo)
11. Smallmouth, bigmouth, black buffalo
1st = Weight of tied teams biggest fish
2nd = Number of game fish weighed by tied teams (bass, walleye, northern, and muskie)
3rd = Stands as a tie
Overall Points and Standings
20 points are awarded for 1st place at each event, 19 for 2nd, 18 for 3rd, etc.
5 attendance points per event if at least one team member is present and fishing during any portion of the event
The total points for all 4 events will be used to compute overall standings
The tie breaker for overall is decided by total weight of fish then by number of fish weighed.
General Rules and Penalties
Minnesota DNR fishing regulations apply in all cases.
Life jackets must be worn when main boat is on plane. Life jacket penalty = 1/2 the weight of the teams largest fish.
Any dead fish or fish that can't swim away are the responsibility of the angler. Make sure that it leaves with you. Dead fish penalty = 1/2 the weight or point value of the dead fish
Any fish brought to the weigh-in of less than minimum length will result in a penalty. Short fish penalty = 1/2 the weight of the largest fish
Late to weigh-in: 1 lb. per minute late
Culling is allowed, but only one limit persons limit may be in possession at any one time. Fish verified on the water by another team may not be culled and must count towards your limit.
All participants must sign a liability waiver before the start of the tournament (one time only). Substitutes will also be expected to sign the waiver.
Random live well checks will be done before each event.
Late to start: No penalty, but team must check in with a league official before beginning fishing and present an empty live well.
At least one of the registered team members must be present to participate.
Only two persons allowed in each boat except in an emergency. A 3rd person is allowed in the boat to fish if it is a child of age 12 or less.
Please maintain 100' distance between boats unless you have permission from the other boat.
Staggered start 30 seconds apart. The starting order will be the inverse order to how you finished in the last event.
Live bait is allowed.
The top 3 finishers from each event must post information about what lures, techniques, types of structure produced fish for them. This must be posted on the Private League Forum to which only league members will have access within one week of the event or that team will be docked 2 overall points. Only one team member is required to post. All teams are encouraged to participate in this exchange of information.
A team can be disqualified for any rule violation if determined to be appropriate by the league officers.
Cash Payout and Prizes
100% payout of entry fees at each event ($50/team/event)
Top three finishers are paid (60%/30%/10%)
A separate fee (optional) will be collected at the landing for the big fish pot
Sponsor prizes will be allocated to the top overall teams