Fishing's Our DNA

Fishnetics: a genetic makeup that causes an obsession for fishing

Starting 2018 we will be holding the inaugural Fishnetics Ice Fishing League.  This casual league is for members of the Fishnetics Facebook group only.  We want to keep things social, competitive, and fun. This will be a good way to get to know fellow fisherman, make new friends, and maybe win bragging rights and a few dollars (to likely spend on more fishing equipment!)

The Golden Rules

  • Remember this is to be casual and fun.
  • Anyone caught cheating or being an all around asshole will be asked to leave, be kicked from the Facebook group and will forfeit any winnings.
  • Clean up after yourself. Don't litter on the ice and leave the lake and landings as clean, if not cleaner than you found them. 
  • All Wisconsin fishing rules and regulations apply.
  • Live bait and artificial lures are allowed per Wisconsin DNR Regulations (unless specified otherwise for the individual event)   
  • Socialize and get to know the other league members

The Cost

  • Adults: $20 each event
  • Kids: $5 each event

The Contest

We will try to hold at least 1 to 2 events a month at a different lakes in Wisconsin. Two fish species will be chosen and announced prior to the event. Registration and fishing starts at the time listed in the event. You do not need to be there at the start of the event. You can register and pay your entry fee when you get there... you just won't have as much time to fish. No entry fees will be allowed after 10:00 AM the day of the event. No more than 99 people total may participate (any larger and we need a permit).

Judging

Fish will be judged by length(not weight), with a 5" minimum for any fish  and must be measured with a bump board. 

  1. A picture of the fish must be taken with your (or another members smartphone) with it's nose against the bump board and the full fish must be visible along the bump board (ex. no covering part of the fish with a hand). 
  2. The picture of the fish should then be posted to the Facebook group in that event's thread along with the measurement so everyone can see the fish to beat.
  3. If you are posting for a member who doesn't have internet on the lake we are fishing, please post their name. 
  4. Please only post if your fish is tied with or larger than one. We only need to keep track of the biggest.

Misc

  • Fish do not have to be kept and may be released after their entry is submitted.  
  • If a fish is caught and does not meet Wisconsin DNR regulations, they can still be measured, but MUST be measured and returned to the water immediately un-harmed.  If the fish does not meet Wisconsin DNR requirements is measured for the Fishnetics Ice Fishing League, and then dies or is severely injured (ex gaffing, damaging the gills while removing the hook, etc) , that fish will be voided.
    • For example: If we are fishing Fox Lake the Northern Pike size limit is 32". If you catch a 28" pike you can still measure it and immediate release it. If it dies, that fish doesn't count. 

The Prizes

The adult & kid entry fees will be split 50% between the two fish species.  Longest fish in each category wins the pot! So up to 4 winners per week (2 adults, 2 kids).  You must be present at the end to win. We are not going to mail out or hold onto winnings. In the event of a tie, the winnings will be shared.

In the event there is no winner of a given category (ex no one lands a pike), then the pot for that week rolls over into the next week. In the event there is no winner in the final event of the year, the winnings will be used drinks/food to be shared at a year end event (TBD) or donated towards a fishing related cause as voted on by the Fishnetics Facebook community.

The Events

They will be posted in the Events section of our the Fishnetics Facebook page