2017 Open Qualifier

Hebgen Lake, MT

Sunday, January 15th, 2017
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Event Class Open Qualifier

The top 10 places automatically qualify for the NAIFC Championship

Date Sunday, January 15th, 2017
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
Tournament HQ Kirkwood Resort & Marina
Rules Meeting Sat, January 14th, 2017, 6:00 PM
Holiday Inn
Registration REGISTER ONLINE »
Kathy Roberts
Reg. Deadline Sun, January 15th, 2017, 6:00 PM
Team Entry Fee $200
Late Reg. Fee $20
Est/Max Field 71/100 Teams
Est/Max Payout $9,940/$14,000

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

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 13, 2017


Friday Night Gathering & Games

Meet local fishermen familiar with Hebgen Lake along with nationally ranked ice fishermen. A Social Hour and informal introductory information for people new to ice fishing—and networking with experienced friends who love to ice fish--starts at 5 pm at West Yellowstone Holiday Inn Conference Center (315 Yellowstone Avenue). From there, people go in groups with a pro-fisherman to another local restaurant/tavern to “talk ice fishing” over dinner, where “Ice Fishermen Specials” will be available for purchase. These group discussions, which are open to the public, are geared toward educating fishers to the world of tournament ice fishing.


Saturday - January 14, 2017


Saturday Kids Ice Camp

The Kids Ice Camp is held at Kirkwood Resort & Marina.  There will be two different starting times. The first group begins at 11:00 AM with Boathouse classroom instruction and demonstration of ice fishing equipment, techniques, and safety, conservation & environmental stewardship. Then, everyone heads out onto the ice for demonstrations delivered by experienced, certified NAIFC Pro-Staff instructors. A second group will start the Boathouse classroom at noon, followed by the on-ice experience.


 A free hot lunch will be served from 11:30-12:30 to all kids who participate in the camp. Before leaving, all kids who participate also will receive a complimentary ice rod and tackle.


Make sure to dress warmly including waterproof footwear for this outside event. Parents must accompany their kids during this event. It is an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather.


Saturday Night Mandatory Rules Meeting

Registration for the Tournament runs from 4:30-6:45 pm at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone, where the Social Hour begins at 5:00 pm, including a complimentary dinner for all registered team members, with cash bar and Montana spirit tastings available.


At 6:00 pm, there will be a Presentation by nationally-ranked ice fishermen geared toward educating fishers to the world of tournament ice fishing and the newest products in the industry.


The Rules Meeting, which is mandatory for at least one member of each team, starts at 7 pm. At the Rules Meeting, the exact starting time for the contest the following morning will be announced.


Don't miss the Annual Calcutta Fundraiser where you buy your favorite teams--and split the prize pot if they win!

The other half of the Calcutta money pool goes to the non-profit West Yellowstone Foundation to add to its grants to the community throughout the year.



Sunday - January 15, 2017

Sunday Morning NAIFC Tournament

The Check-in and Contest starts shortly after daylight with the exact starting time announced at the mandatory Rules Meeting the night before. Teams go out on the ice on Hebgen Lake from Kirkwood Resort & Marina in the order of their registration. Fishing continues until 1:00 pm, when all teams must be off the ice for the Weigh-in.


Sunday Indoor Weigh-In and Awards

Weigh-in starts at 3:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in West Yellowstone. Tournament and Calcutta winners are announced and awarded their cash prizes immediately following the weigh-in. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase.


Other activities

Kids'N'Snow Weekend

Bring the family! There are other great activities planned for this weekend for kids and families. Check out Kids'N'Snow at www.kidsnsnow.org

Snowmobile Rentals & Yellowstone Park Over-Snow Tours

Come a day early or stay a day later and enjoy other winter activities, offered by our Sponsors. You can rent a variety of snowmobiles (including gas and all gear). Full day snowmobile and snowcoach tours leave from West Yellowstone and travel over the snow into Yellowstone's wintry wonderland of steaming geysers and amazing wildlife.


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