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2024 Winter Bash Derby Rules


Adult tickets (anyone 18yrs of age or older) $20 includes entry into derby and an The Bash 2024 Virtual Rules

Adult tickets (anyone 18yrs of age or older) $20 and includes one entry into the derby and one entry into the general raffle.

Youth tickets (anyone 17yrs of age or younger) $10 and includes one entry into the derby.


Due to the unforeseen and uncontrollable circumstances and ice conditions The Bash Fishing Derby will be going to a virtual format for the 2024 event. The committee and all involved in the planning of this event have done extensive thinking and planning on how to make it possible to still hold some form of an event while keeping safety as our top priority.

We want to thank the community, the sponsors and all the volunteers that have helped make this event possible. We appreciate each and every one of you and also want to thank you for your understanding and adaptability of the event changes needed to take place this year.

Timeline of Event

Fishing Hours: February 24th, 2024, 9:00am – 2:00pm on any public waterway within Beltrami, Clearwater, and Hubbard Counties and through a naturally formed sheet of ice.

Awards/Raffle Ceremony: February 24th, 2024, At the Sanford Center up on the Club Level. Doors open at 5, random door prizes drawn for those who attend. There will also be food and beverages available. Every youth that attends will receive a gift pack that will have at minimum a $25 value!

1 Rules and Regulations

1.a  By purchasing a ticket and participating in The Bash Fishing Derby, all participants acknowledge and agree that they have read and 

        understand the rules as posted and will comply with all the rules of the event as well as abide by all local, state, and federal regulations.

2 Participation, Eligibility and Scoring


2.a The contest will run between 9:00 am – 2:00 pm CST on February 24, 2024. Participants can fish any public waterway within Beltrami,   

       Clearwater and Hubbard Countis and through a naturally formed sheet of ice.

2.b Entry for the contest is covered by the $20 Derby/Raffle ticket that can be purchased at participating locations are noted at    This ticket and stub must be kept intact and with the angler during the fishing contest and will also be

      needed to get into the awards/raffle ceremony.

2.c Anglers who choose to fish the event must purchase at minimum 1 ticket to be eligible. Fill out the ticket with the individual’s

       name  who will be associated and tied to the registration on FishDonkey. You can purchase more than one ticket, but each participant      

      needs their own ticket to enter the contest and can only create 1 FishDonkey entry. You may enter as many fish as you want but only

      your largest entry will count towards placing. 


2.d Those who choose not to fish are still eligible for the raffle prizes and are encouraged to attend the awards/raffle ceremony. You     will

      need at least 1 ticket to get in the doors and the perforated end kept intact.


3. Fishing, Measuring Boards and Scoring Details


3 a. Fishing

       All fish must be caught through the ice, with no open water. All fish species that are native in the approved counties are eligible.

       Including but not limited to, walleye, northern pike, burbot, perch, crappie, trout, perch, sunfish, etc. Muskies are not allowed period.     

       All fish must be caught via conventional hook and line method and during tournament hours. All fish that appear to be dead, frozen,

       discolored or speared will be automatically disqualified. All fish must be photographed and submitted through the FishDonkey App.

        Only fish personally caught by the contestant are eligible to be entered in the contest by that contestant. No party fishing.


3 b. Measuring Boards

        You are required to have a measuring device. A bump board with a 90-degree bend (L shape) and ¼” lines is preferred, but a standard

         contractor’s measuring tape is acceptable. All measuring devices must be commercially made. No handmade measuring boards, soft 

          seamstress tapes, or stickers allowed unless affixed to a commercially manufactured bump board. No sliding, retractable, or soft

         foldable measuring devices are allowed unless approved by the tournament director. Musky Bumpers are approved. If your

          measurement is not clearly readable in your submission photo, it may not be accepted, or could be penalized.

         If using a contractor’s measuring tape, please photo document your fish as follows:

          Bump the nose of the fish against a hard vertical surface, like the side of a wall or cooler. Place the tape measuring against the hard  

           surface for the starting measurement. The tape must be extended and adjacent to the fish, completely showing and extending past t 

          the tail. The tape should not be under the fish. The whole tape must be showing. Visibility is crucial. The best way to take this photo is

            to turn your phone sideways. See photo examples in the photos tab in the FD app.


3c. Video Check In

         At 9:00 am on February 24, the FishDonkey App will open. Each participant before they start fishing must submit a check in video. Tap

         ENTER A FISH in the tournament, start recording, and show your Derby ticket with the number visible along with your name and

          phone number section filled in. After that, briefly show your surroundings along with the inside of any bait containers, coolers, rod

          lockers, etc. Then quickly turn your phone around and show yourself and state your name. Once this is submitted you can start

           fishing and submitting entries. No fish may be submitted until this video is completed. and all fish that are submitted before the 

           check-in video will be immediately disqualified.


Your check-in video must include:

State your name and show your face.

Derby ticket number, name/phone filled in.

Open your bait containers, coolers, rod lockers, and compartments.


3 d. Photo Documentation per fish:


1) A photo of the fish on the measuring device*

2) A photo of you holding the fish*

3) A video release of the fish going back into the water, proving the fish is alive and swims away. *


*Fine details of photo documentation:

Fish should be recorded immediately, and measurements noted by length.


*1) A photo of the fish on the measuring device.

The whole fish from head to tail, showing the nose touching the bump board or vertical surface, marking the 0” start. The mouth of the fish should be closed. The belly of the fish is facing you. The tail can be pinched or swayed but must be lying flat. If the tail touches the graduation line, that is the exact measurement. If it crosses the line, round up to the nearest ¼”. Open mouths can extend the length of a fish so a ½” - 1” penalty will be applied if it’s open (exceptions will be made for Northern Pike as their jawline does not extend the fish). No hands in gill plates! 1” deduction for hands in gill plates.

*2) A photo of you holding the fish

There is a selfie button in the app (top of the camera screen) if you are fishing solo. Please include as much of the fish as possible in selfie mode.


*3) A video release of the fish going back into the water, proving the fish is alive and swims away.

We need to see proof that your fish is alive and healthy and successfully swims away. Please note that when you tap the video button in FishDonkey it has begun recording. You will see a 30-second countdown for your video. You don’t have to use the entire 30 seconds and you can tap the stop button when finished. If you run out of time, simply tap the video button again to record another video.


3 e. Self-Recorded Measurement

Participants are responsible for verification of the length of the fish at the time of submission via the FishDonkey App. If you submit a fish and then realize you entered the incorrect length, for example, if you entered a 34” fish as 3.4”, you should contact your tournament director to correct the measurement. To find your director’s contact info, tap the little ‘ i ‘ for INFO at the top of the leaderboard. Then scroll down to ‘Contact Info’.



3 f. Your Digital Livewell in the FishDonkey App

Your fish entry will be date/time stamped at the time you caught and tapped SUBMIT in the app. All fish submissions must read ‘RECEIVED’ in your Digital Livewell no later than 3:30 pm. Your Digital Livewell is the fish icon in the top right corner of the app. It will tell you if your name (entry) and media (photos) are showing on the leaderboard. Your director will only verify fish that have been successfully RECEIVED with the required photo documentation. It is your job to get to good internet (2 bars or more/Wifi) before 3:30 to finish pushing any NOT RECEIVED submissions through. After that time, any late entries will not count and will be disqualified. If you need tech support, tap on the Profile icon → Contact US to reach direct numbers to FishDonkey.

3 g. Hidden Leaderboard

The Leaderboard will be active until 11:00 AM then be hidden. When this happens, you will still have access to the button to ENTER A FISH. Continue to submit your fish through that button. You can always check a log of your entries in your Digital Livewell (fish icon).


4 Prizes and Awards

4. a There will be only one prize category leaderboard where all fish species will appear.  All species will be measured by length and

       the 35 eligible prizes will be determined by the 35 longest fish. The 35 eligible prizes for those contestants fishing the derby are all listed

        on the website, the Bash Facebook page as well as the entry ticket. In the event of a tie for the same length fish being caught, the fish that

        was caught and time stamped first will supersede the second. Each participant is eligible to catch and enter as many fish as they want but

        for scoring and placing purposes only everyone’s largest fish will count.

4. b The awards ceremony will be held at the Bemidji Sanford Center on the south shore of Lake Bemidji. Doors will open at 5 pm and will be 

        held upstairs on the Club Level. All attendees will need their ticket to get in and all those who attend will be eligible for some randomly d

        drawn door prizes as well as the raffle prizes even if you didn’t fish the event. Be sure to leave your perforated right side of the ticket intact

        and fill it out with your name and phone number.

4. c There will be drinks and appetizers available for purchase at the Sanford Center.

4.d At approximately 6 pm we will start awarding derby prizes. After that, we will proceed with drawing for door prizes and announcing the 

       winners of the raffle prizes.

4.e  Prize and award winners are responsible for any tax, title, and licensing fees that may be associated with their winnings.

4.d All winners will be notified within 24 hours after the completion of the drawings. All prizes will be available for pick up at the Sanford

       Center up until the doors are closed or picked up at Northwoods Bait and Tackle the following day and during regular business hours. All

       prizes that are not picked up by the end of business on March 24th, 2024, will be donated to charity or kept for the following year’s event.

5  Safety

5. Contestants are responsible for their safety and actions at all times.

5. b Participants understand and are aware that the weather in the contest area can be severe. Participants are responsible for their

       wellbeing, monitoring the weather and ice conditions.

5. c Participants are aware they are participating in physical activity in the sport of fishing on ice, which may be dangerous and can cause

       injury, especially if the participant is consuming alcoholic beverages. Participants understand and acknowledge that the consumption of 

       alcohol impairs a person’s ability to walk on all surfaces, including those that are especially slippery, like ice. Consuming alcohol and

        walking on ice subjects the participant to certain risks including, but not limited to, death, serious neck and spinal injuries resulting in

        complete or partial paralysis, brain damage, and/or serious injury to virtually all bones, joints, muscles and internal organs, and property

        damage. Although rules, equipment, and personal discipline may reduce the risks associated with participating in the Event, the risk of

         serious injury does exist and cannot be eliminated. No ice is considered 100% safe. You agree that you are responsible for your safety

         when traveling on frozen waters.


6. a  Participants agree to abide by the Rules and any decisions of the Event Director and/or Event Staff.

6. b Interpretation and enforcement of the Rules shall be left to the sole and exclusive discretion of the Event Director and/or his/her designee

        at the Event. In the event a Participant violates any rule outlined in the Rules, as determined at the discretion of the Event Director, the 

        Event Director may impose a penalty and/or sanction on the Participant (including but not limited to disqualification from the Event and

         future events and/or forfeiture of Event winnings and/or prizes).

6. c  Each Participant agrees to report to the Event Director immediately any violation or infraction of the Rules.

6.d The Rules shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the state of Minnesota, Beltrami, Clearwater, and Hubbard

       Counties, and other local authorities as governed by applicable laws, in all respects, including matters of construction, interpretation,

        validity, and enforcement.

6. e The favorable public reputation of The Bash Event, the integrity of its members, officers, and directors, and the reputation of its media

         properties are valuable assets and tangible benefits for the community. Accordingly, all participants agree to refrain from comments to

         the news media that unreasonably attack or disparage the integrity of tournaments, tournament officials, sponsors, fellow members,

        fellow anglers, or this organization. Competitors are encouraged to express themselves have the right to question the application of the 

        rules and are obligated to report suspected violations of the rules. Responsible expressions of legitimate disagreement with these

         policies are not prohibited, but attacks upon the integrity of the rules, the Event Staff, or any affiliated sponsor or party associated with

         The Bash Fishing Derby and Raffle may result in legal action.

6. f Event officials reserve the right to refuse participation to anyone or disqualify any fish in their sole discretion. All contestants and other

       spectators at this moment 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.

6. h  Failure to comply with any contest rules subjects contestants to disqualification and removal from the contest as determined by contest

          officials. Contest officials reserve the right to refuse sale and/or revoke a contest entry to anyone.


If you have any questions, issues, or concerns don’t hesitate to reach out to a tournament official.

You can contact Aaron Schmitz @ 218-330-4065 at any time. Thank you and good luck!

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