A person may conduct a contest without a permit provided any one of the following five criteria apply: 1. There are 25 boats or less (or 150 participants or less for ice fishing contests or 100 participants for shore-based contests), and the entry fee is $25 or less, and the contest is not limited to trout; OR 2. The contest is not limited to specifically named waters, and the contest is not limited to trout; OR 3. All the participants are 18 or younger; OR 4. The contest is limited to rough fish; OR, 5. The total prize value is $500 or less.
Detailed fishing tournament regulations.
Fishing tournament application.
Permit fees for open-water contests are: for open-water contests without off-site weigh-ins (weigh-in is located on contest waters) - small contests (50 or fewer boats or shore-based contests), $60; for large contests (more than 50 boats): $200. Fee for open-water contests with off-site weigh-ins - small contests, $250 - large contests, $500. The fee for ice contests (more than 150 participants) is $120.