2017 Open Qualifier

Lake St Helen, MI

Sunday, February 19th, 2017
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The entire lake will be open for fishing with the except of areas with poor ice conditions.
Event Class Open Qualifier

The top 10 places automatically qualify for the NAIFC Championship

Date Sunday, February 19th, 2017
Tournament Lake Lake St. Helen, St. Helen, MI
Launch Venue Http://outdoormichigan.org/feature/9631/t:m
Start Time 8:00 AM
Weigh-In 1:00 PM
Species 8 Sunfish & 8 Crappies
Tournament HQ Jay's Sporting Goods
Rules Meeting Sat, February 18th, 2017, 5:00 PM
Charlton Heston Academy
Registration REGISTER ONLINE »
Kathy Roberts
Reg. Deadline Fri, February 17th, 2017, 6:00 PM
Team Entry Fee $200
Late Reg. Fee $20
Est/Max Field 52/100 Teams
Est/Max Payout $7,280/$14,000

Friday February 17, Seminar Series 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm  (Jay's Sporting Goods)

Ice Fishing Fundamentals 4:00-6:00 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 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 6:00-8:00 pm
This portion of the NAIFC Friday Night Seminar program is geared toward educating fishermen. Learn how to use the best products and cutting edge techniques in the ice industry. The seminar is free of charge and open to the public. The following are the Guest speakers for the night.

Kids Ice Camp February 18th, 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm (Charlton Heston Academy)

Free of charge, open to all kids. . Each youth that attends the Kids Ice Camp will receive promotional items for their future ice fishing adventures.

In class tutorial (Charlton Heston Academy) 1:00pm - 2:00pm
NAIFC Pro Staff will demonstration indoors in a classroom setting: Ice Safety, Bait, Equipment and Jigging.

On Ice fishing (Lake St Helen) 2:00pm- 3:30 pm
Parents must accompany their kids during the on ice portion of this event. The kids and parents will then be invited to fish on the lake with the NAIFC Pro Staff.  Equipment will be provided. This is an outdoor event, please dress for the weather. This is an excellent opportunity to introduce a new way for kids to enjoy what the outdoors has to offer. Winter Fishing and introduction to the newest technology will give the parent and child a first look at ice fishing.

SATURDAY february 18th  Rules Meeting 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm(charlton heston academy)

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

From 5:30 – 6:00 pm late registration will be accepted up to 100 teams for an additional $20 fee. To avoid late fees register online or call Kathy at 320-229-0106, before Friday.


Sunday february 19th Indoor Weigh-In 2:00 pm (charlton heston academy)

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 2017 National Champions!
Charlton Heston Academy
1350 N St Helen Rd
St Helen, MI 48656
Jay's Sporting Goods
800 S Clare Ave
Clare, MI 48617