2014 Open Qualifier

Hebgen Lake, MT

Sunday, January 19th, 2014
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Event Class Open Qualifier

The top 10 places automatically qualify for the NAIFC Championship

Date Sunday, January 19th, 2014
Tournament Lake Hebgen Lake, West Yellowstone, MT
Launch Venue Kirkwood Resort & Marina
Start Time 8:00 AM
Weigh-In 1:00 PM
Species 6 Rainbow Or Cutthroat Trout
Tournament HQ Kirkwood Resort & Marina
Rules Meeting Sat, January 18th, 2014, 6:00 PM
Holiday Inn
Registration REGISTER ONLINE »
Kathy Roberts
Reg. Deadline Fri, January 17th, 2014, 6:00 PM
Team Entry Fee $200
Late Reg. Fee $20
Est/Max Field 79/100 Teams
Est/Max Payout $11,060/$14,000

Host Community Sponsors:
West Yellowstone Chamber of Commerce
West Yellowstone Economic Development Fund
West Yellowstone Foundation
West Yellowstone MAP Fund
West Yellowstone Tourism Business Improvement District

Boundaries start at the dam and will go to about mile marker 15 on Hwy 287, with the exception of areas with poor Ice conditions and poor visibility.


Friday January  17th, Seminar Series 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm (West Yellowstone Holiday Inn)
with special Guest Dave Genz

 Ice Fishing Fundamentals 5:00-7:00 pm

Free of charge and open to all. NAIFC Pro Staff will explain and demonstrate the basic skills needed and techniques used in ice fishing. Designed for the beginners and intermediate skilled fisherman, Ice Fishing Fundamentals will provide basic skills used by every fisherman.
            Topics to include but not limited to:         Learn: Knot Tying.
                                                                        Bait: how to put on a hook... how to keep alive
                                                                        Plastics: How and when to use.
                                                                        Jigs: Style, size and use.
                                                                        How to: Sharpen a hook.
                                                                        How to: Fillet a fish.
                                                                        Cooking/frying: breading basics.
                                                                        Strike detection: Spring bobbers, slip bobbers.

Seminar Speakers 7:00-8:30 pm
Social Hour 6:00-7:00 pm
Mr. Ice Fishing himself, Dave Genz, will be the speaker for the seminar. Learn about the latest equipment he uses on the ice, breaking down lake maps, and learn different techniques to increase your catch through the ice. For more information about Dave Genz go tohttp://davegenz.com/ . The seminar is free of charge and open to the public. The goal is to put attendees on the fast track to becoming highly skilled anglers, eventually becoming teachers to their friends and fishers in the local community. 

Round table discussions with NAIFC Pro Staff after the seminar 8:30-9:00pm
After the speakers are done those attending the seminar are invited to get up close and personal, talking to NAIFC Pro Staff one-on-one about how they go about catching fish.

NEW: The Rocky Mountain Ice Fishing Product Fair, featuring national manufacturers and regional suppliers, will be set up at the Holiday Inn Conference Center for both Friday and Saturday Nights.

Cabela's Saturday January 18th Kids Event

In class tutorial (Kirkwood Resort & Marina Boathouse) 1:00pm-1:30pm
On Ice fishing (Hebgen Lake) 1:30pm

Free in-class tutorial for Kids in the Kirkwood Resort & Marina Boathouse at 1 pm followed by on-ice fishing on Hebgen Lake until noon with NAIFC Pro Staff. A lunch will be served during the event and each youth who participates will receive a HT Enterprises Ice Rod for their future ice fishing adventures. Parents must accompany their kids during this event. It is an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather.


Saturday January 18th Rules Meeting 5:00pm - 8:30 pm(Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone)

This meeting is mandatory for at least one team member. Come early, have dinner, get your packets, and relax before the big day. The Rules meeting will start promptly at 7:00. 

5:00 – 6:00 pm late registration will be accepted up to 150 teams for an additional $20 fee. To avoid late fees register online or call Kathy Roberts at 320-252-0428, before Friday.


Sunday January 19th Weigh-in 1:00pm(Kirkwood Resort & Marina)

Teams go out on the ice on Hebgen Lake from Kirkwood Resort & Marina in the order of their registration. Fishing continues until 1 pm, when all must come off the ice for the Weigh-in

Sunday January 19th Weigh-In results 2:00pm(Hi Country Tavern & Grill)

Come watch as the Teams weigh in their “Catch of the Day”. Find out which Teams will automatically get an invitation or did they accumulate enough points to secure their spot for the National Championship. Who will be competing for the Gold Rings and the honor of being called the 2014 National Champions!

Weigh-in starts at 2:00pm at the Hi Country Tavern & Grill overlooking Hebgen Lake. Tournament winners will be announced and awarded their cash prizes immediately following the weigh-in. Cash bar and food will be served, along with a fish cleaning contest and other fun.
Enjoy yourself before heading home Monday or staying the extra day for a ride into Yellowstone National Park or out on the infamous snowmobile trails in the area.

Don't miss the 2nd Annual Calcutta Fundraiser where you bet on your favorite teams to place and split the prize pot if they win!

check it : The Rocky Mountain Ice Fishing Product Fair, featuring national manufacturers and regional suppliers, will be set up at the Holiday Inn Conference Center for both Friday and Saturday Nights.

 Official Rules: http://www.naifc.com/rules.php

Kirkwood Resort & Marina
35 Kirkwood Creek Road
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Phone: 406-646-7200
Toll Free: 877-302-7200
Website: http://www.kirkwoodresort.com/

Holiday Inn
315 Yellowstone Avenue
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Phone: (800) 646-7365 • (406) 646-7365
Web: http://www.visityellowstonepark.com/holiday-inn-west-yellowstone.aspx

Hi Country Tavern & Grill
155 Elinos Loop 
West Yellowstone, MT 59758
Website: http://www.hicountrytavern.com/