2020 Open Qualifier

NAIFC -SIF High School Qualifier, Green Lake, Spicer MN

Saturday, January 4th, 2020
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Event Class Open Qualifier

The top 5 places automatically qualify for the NAIFC Championship

Date Saturday, January 4th, 2020
Tournament Lake Green Lake, Spicer, MN
Launch Venue Public Launch By Mel's
Start Time 8:00 AM
Weigh-In 12:00 PM
Species 16 Fish Any Combination Of Perch, Crappies, Blue Gills
Tournament HQ Mel's Sport Shop
Rules Meeting Fri, January 3rd, 2020, 7:00 PM
Mel's Sport Shop
Registration REGISTER ONLINE »
Jack Baker
Reg. Deadline Fri, January 3rd, 2020, 6:00 PM
Team Entry Fee $0
Late Reg. Fee $0
Est/Max Field 1/100 Teams
Est/Max Payout $0/$0

High School Qualifying Schedule: Green Lake

Friday Night January 3rd at Mel’s Sport Shop, 102 Ruth St.  Spicer, MN  320-796-2000

5:00 PM-7:00 PM Registration

7:00 PM Rules Meeting

Students are encouraged to attend the Friday Night Meet-n-Greet at Mel’s 5:00-9:00 PM

Saturday Morning January 4th 

8:00 AM – 12:00 Noon competition on Green Lake, Launch at Public Landing just behind Mel's

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Weigh-In at Mel’s Sport Shop

To Register a Team for any of the Qualifying Events go to www.naifc.com click on Registration and follow the prompts.

Questions or payment of SIF Membership call/text Jack Baker 612.308.4858 or jbakersports@hotmail.com

Parents are encouraged to enter the Sunday NAIFC Qualifier with their HS student for an even greater weekend learning experience and family togetherness. 

For the 2020 season the NAIFC will hold SIF High School Qualifiers in every city that holds a NAIFC Qualifier.  The SIF High School Qualifiers are held Saturday mornings from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon. Open to students 12 years of age and older in a 2-person format. 20% of the Qualifying field will be automatically invited to the 2020 National High School Championship.

Coaches and parents are allowed on the ice to assist the student anglers but are prohibited from fishing. 

There are no entry fees to the High School Championship or High School Qualifiers. The anglers will be competing for scholarships/grants and trophies at the Championship. The one time payment of Scholarships/grants will be awarded to the angler(s) when the angler(s) present their first quarter/semester college transcript.

The High School anglers will join SIF (Student Ice Fishing - youth division of the NAIFC). $25.00 SIF membership includes: in-school seminars, meet-n-greets and VIP merchandise programs.

NAIFC- SIF 2020 Schedule

NAIFC- SIF HS Qualifier       Green Lake, Spicer MN                      Saturday January     4th 2020

NAIFC- SIF HS Qualifier       Lake Hebegn, W Y, MT                     Saturday January   11th 2020

NAIFC- SIF HS Qualifier       Lake Okoboji, Okoboji, IA                Saturday January   18th 2020

NAIFC- SIF HS Qualifier       Lake Redstone, Reedsburg, WI          Saturday January   25th 2020

NAIFC- SIF HS Qualifier       Channel Lake, Antioch, IL                 Saturday February   1st 2020

NAIFC- SIF HS Qualifier       Pine Lake, LaPorte, IN                       Saturday February   8th 2020

NAIFC- SIF HS Qualifier       Lake St, Helen, St Helen, MI             Saturday February 15th 2020

NAIFC- SIF HS Qualifier       Lake Onalasaka, LaCrosse, WI          Saturday February 22nd 2020

NAIFC- SIF HS Qualifier       Lake Bemidji, Bemidji, MN               Saturday March       7th 2020

2020 NAIFC-SIF High School National Championship is scheduled for     December 31-Jan 2


2020 High School Official Rules  NAIFC/SIF    Qualifier Events


1.      Participants may fish with or without a portable fish house. No hard side/wheel houses.  UNTIL the start-time all portable fish houses set up must be kept open, participants plainly visible, with no lines in water. After the start time participants may enter and close-up portables.

 2.   Team partners must stay within 100 feet (approximately 30 steps) from one another from the time their team has passed inspection until their team's fish have been turned into be weighed. Once inspected, tournament rules are active.

3.   Fish must be kept alive in a five-gallon bucket or similar container with water and without ice. No frozen fish.

4.   Teams may not fish or perform fishing type activities (i.e., using a flasher, camera or auger) closer than 15 feet from another team or spectators on tournament day. Teams may not fish closer than 15 feet to a hard side fish house. Tournament Director and camera crew is excluded from the rule. Observers will have ability to check 15-foot distances.

5.   Auger covers on blades are required while augers are mounted to machines or during travel.

6.   Participants may drill as many holes as they wish. However, any open hole may be fished by any competitor as long as they maintain the 15-foot rule. Hole Blocking is not allowed: Leaving a portable or other equipment next to a hole does not stop another fisherman from using that hole if you are over 15 feet away.

7.   All laws for Snowmobile/ATVs (registration, licensing, insurance, and helmet laws) must be observed at all times.

8.   All State fishing laws must be observed at all times. NO CULLING ALLOWED! NO ALCOHOL ALLOWED!

9.   All fish brought to the weigh-in must be caught on the day of the tournament, during tournament hours.

10. Participants can fish with only one line at a time. A tip-up would count as a line.

11. No third-party fishing during the event. Each team must fish on their own without assistance except medical. Family members or friends who are not in the competition may not fish within established tournament boundaries. No communication/sharing of information between teams that may give another team a fishing advantage.

12. All teams must travel and fish within the designated tournament boundary area.

13. All pre-fishing must be complete by the start of the 7:00 pm rules meeting the night before the tournament.

14. At least (1) one team member must attend rules meeting/registration.

15. There will be mandatory fish house and equipment inspections before teams are allowed to proceed onto the ice. If a team is not in their starting position when the inspectors are ready to inspect their team; they will forfeit their position and go to the end of the line. Teams must hold their starting positions, passing is not permitted. A 15-minute no-fish penalty for passing a team and an additional 5-minute no-fish penalty for each subsequent team passed.  Motorized teams may pass non-motorized teams.

16. Cars and trucks will not be permitted for team use in the tournament area during the event. Snowmobiles and ATVs can be used when ice conditions are satisfactory for snowmobile and ATV use.

17. Teams must return to the official tournament weigh line by 12:00 pm with all fish sorted and ready to be weighed. Your BIG FISH must be marked and ready to weigh. A penalty of .5 (½) pound per minute; with a 5-minute maximum will be charged for being late across the time line. After 5 minutes the team is disqualified.

18. This is a one-day, total weight tournament.  Designated species and total number of fish will be announced at rules meeting. If a team is over their total number of fish, they will be penalized in the following manner: The big fish they register at weigh-ins will be the fish that is culled from their total bag number. Example: A team comes to scale with 7 fish, when the total bag limit is only 6 fish. Their big fish will be removed to bring their count to the designated limit of 6 fish. That team will also be deducted the weight of their big fish from total weight. Example: The big fish weighed .75lbs. The bag limit weight after the corrected number of fish was 5.75lbs. Official weight is 5.00lbs.

19. Coaches/Parents are allowed on the ice with their respective teams.  Coaches/Parents may assist their respective team(s) but are not allowed to put a line in the water.  Coaches/Parents are allowed to drill the “NEXT “ hole for their respective team(s) observing the 15 foot rule.  Coaches/Parents are not allowed to use electronics independent of their respective team members.

If a team witnesses a violation of these rules, it is the obligation of that team to notify an official immediately. If a violation is reported after the fact (up to one hour after the 1:00 pm stop fishing time), the team filing the grievance must do so in writing, with a form provided and a processing fee. If grievance is valid processing fee will be refunded.

To preserve the integrity of the field the Tournament Director reserves the right to disqualify a team from the NAIFC - SIF Tournament Series and Championship for any rule infraction. Rules 1-7 allow one warning before DQ. The NAIFC Tournament Series reserves the right to amend and introduce rules. 

Tournament Director Jack Baker 612-308-4858 or jbakersports@hotmail.com