1. The lake is off limits beginning at 6:00 p.m. Thursday, the day before the
tournament begins. Contestants are not allowed to occupy the water or
shoreline beyond designated marina boundaries after this time. An emergency
situation shall be a viable consideration, so please notify the Tournament
Director within 24 hours of the tournament. The tournament directors decision is
final. Contestants are allowed on the water at 5:00 p.m. Friday until Sunday at
2. Non-contestants are not allowed to ride in a contestant's boat. Fish must be
caught with rod & reel from a boat or shoreline and be in fresh condition to be
accepted. Use plenty of ice, old or discolored fish will not be accepted. Tournament
Director’s decision is final.
3. All fish must be caught in designated waters on Lake Mead. Fishing or shade
netting is prohibited inside marina markers.
4. All contestants must mark their own fish and write their mark on the tournament
entry form before the tournament begins. When more then one contestant is in a
boat, each shall mark their fish in a different fashion . Please do not cut the tail.
All fish shall be marked at the time caught. Unmarked fish will result in
disqualification of that fish.
5. Exchanging fish with anyone in the tournament is strictly forbidden. Contestants
found guilty of this rule will be disqualified from tournament.
6. No contestant shall tie a boat or any other floatation device to any marker buoy,
anchor buoy or tires. A boat or other floatation device may only be tied to its
own anchor line. Exception: an invited contestant may tie up his boat to
another contestant for company and friendly fishing.
7. Tournament Director determines weigh-in time to be 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. on
Sunday at the picnic area of Las Vegas Bay Marina next to the #2 cleaning
station. Any contestant later than 1:00 p.m. will be disqualified and any fees
8. Ties will be determined by order of which sign-in sheet was signed.
9. Prizes will be awarded regardless of the number of entrants.
10.Up to four fish may be entered with big fish weighed in first.
11. A contestant may win both total weight and big fish categories. Big fish is
included in total weight.
12. Observed infractions of the rules must be reported to the Tournament Director
before the start of the weigh-in on Sunday. A panel of 3 board members, including
the tournament director will make a ruling on the dispute. The decision of the board
13. All contestants must hold a valid Nevada fishing license during contest. All Nevada
Division of Wildlife regulations must be adhered to as well as National Park Service
and Coast Guard rules.
14. Any infractions of the law or Nevada Striper Club rules will result in disqualification
of the tournament.
15. The use of profanity at the weigh-ins will not be tolerated and may result in
disqualification by Tournament Director. If protested, 3 board members will rule on
the issue and that ruling is final.
16. Anyone operating a boat of floatation device in an unsafe manner may face
disqualification. 3 board members will investigate the issue and make a decision
that will be final.
17. All contestants must be members of the Nevada Striper Club in good standing at
the time of the tournament. Contestants that are invited by a member for the buddy program are excluded.
18. All contestant must know and understand the conditions of the National Park Service’s special use
permit and sign a document provided by club stating so proir to starting tournament.
19. Ignorance of these tournament rules is no excuse for breaking them.
20. The sharing of bait (live or dead is only pemitter between tournament contestants
21. Golden rule: Have fun and catch lots of fish. That’s what this is all about.
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