KINGMAN - The United Professional Fire Fighters of Kingman local 4191's annual fishing tournament will be May 14-15 at South Cove on Lake Mead.
Dan Winder is the tournament director. He noted that the event is an overnight tournament that starts at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, May 14, and will end at 3 p.m. on the 15th.
The tournament is for two- or three-person teams and is a pick-your-own-partner event.
The entry fee is $80, and applications are being accepted at the Fire Administration Office at 410 East Oak Street, or by contacting Winder at (928) 753-3532. Entries will also be accepted at the dock but must be paid in cash. No checks are accepted at the dock.
There are three divisions in this tournament. In the largemouth/smallmouth bass division, no more than 15 fish can be checked in by a team, and no more than 10 fish in one day. In the striper division, 40 fish can be weighed in, and in the catfish division, 25 fish can be weighed in.
Winder noted that they will award cash prizes for the top three teams in the largemouth/smallmouth and striper divisions. Only one place will be paid for catfish.
There will be awards paid out for the big fish in both the striper and largemouth division, but no big fish award is made in the catfish division.
All fishing regulations for the Lake Mead National Recreational Area and the Arizona Game and Fish Department are what govern the rules for the tournament, Winder said.
He said anglers who start bass fishing at 4:30 p.m. on Friday afternoon will be able to check in fish at the dock at 7:30 p.m.
The reason is so the largemouth and smallmouth bass can be weighed and then released which is required under the tournament rules. A penalty is assessed for any dead largemouth/smallmouth bass brought to the scales.
After the weigh-in Saturday afternoon, all tournament participants will be treated to an all-you-can-eat hamburger/hotdog lunch at the Meadview Civic Center.
After lunch, awards will be made to the winners.