2018 Open Qualifier

Bitter Lake, SD

Sunday, March 4th, 2018
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Event Class Open Qualifier

The top 10 places automatically qualify for the NAIFC Championship

Date Sunday, March 4th, 2018
Tournament Lake Bitter Lake, Watertown, SD
Launch Venue East State Launch
Start Time 8:00 AM
Weigh-In 2:00 PM
Species 16 Perch
Tournament HQ Evolution Power Sports
Rules Meeting Sat, March 3rd, 2018, 5:00 PM
Clifford's Steak & Ale
Registration REGISTER ONLINE »
Jack Baker
(612) 308-4858
Reg. Deadline Sat, March 3rd, 2018, 6:00 PM
Team Entry Fee $200
Late Reg. Fee $20
Est/Max Field 25/100 Teams
Est/Max Payout $3,500/$14,000

Friday March 2nd, Seminar Series 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm  (Running's)

Ice Fishing Fundamentals 6:00-7:00m

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 bkmy 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
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 march 3rd , 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (The Redlin Art Center )

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

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

On Ice fishing (On the art center grounds) 2:00pm- 3:00 pm
Parents must accompany their kids during the on ice portion of this event. The kids and parents will then be invited to fish 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 march 3rd, Rules Meeting 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm (Clifford's Steak & Ale, Located at the Guest House in watertown)

This meeting is mandatory for at least one team member. Come early, get your packets, 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 Jack at
(612)-308-4858, before Friday.


Sunday march 4th Indoor Weigh-In 2:00 pm (Joy Ranch)

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!
Official Rules: http://www.naifc.com/rules.php
1701 9th Ave SE
East Highway 212 & 19th St.
The Redlin Art Center
1200 33rd St SE
East Highway 212 & I-29
Evolution Powersports
2102 9th Ave SE
Watertown, SD 57201
Clifford's Steak & Ale
101 North Broadway
Watertown, SD 57201
(605) 753-5540
Joy Ranch
16633 448th Ave
Florence, SD 57235
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