Yes, as long as you are compliant with all MNDNR possession regulations and limits. See links to regulations below.
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2021 Fishing Contest rules
Online registration is now closed for this event. If you are still interested in purchasing fishing-contest tickets, contact the Recreation Supervisor at 952-227-1122. Tickets will be available for purchase until 4pm Friday, February 5.
Tickets are $10 each. Each participant can purchase a maximum of 2 tickets, and each ticket allows for 1 fish submission to the contest. Tickets must be included and visible in fish submission photographs.
No, there will not be pre-drilled holes available as part of the contest this year.
Yes. As long as your fish submission meet species and lake requirements and is alive, it is eligible for submission.
On any lake in Carver County, Minnesota. (see Carver County lakes map)
From Monday, February 1 at 12:00 a.m. through Saturday, February 6 at 11:59 p.m. Contestants are allowed to submit fish caught during this window, NOT fish caught before contest start or after contest end. All fish submissions must be received by contest administrators by 11:59 p.m. on Saturday, February 6 to be eligible for the contest.
Eligible species are Northern, Sunfish, Crappie, Walleye, and Perch. Fish must be alive in order to be eligible.
Yes. Fishing licenses are required for all individuals 16 years of age and older. No licenses will be sold as part of the contest. Must have prior to competition.
Participants are allowed to win one fish prize. In the event that a portion of the "longest fish" prizes are not awarded, contestants’ second fish will be used to award prizes, with the remaining prizes being awarded in length and order, from longest to shortest.
$4,500 in fishing prizes will be awarded in the form of "longest fish" prizes; all "longest fish" prizes are determined by length in inches. In the event of a tie in length, the contestant with the first entry wins the higher number prize, and the contestant with the second entry wins the lower number prize. Time of entry is based on when the submission is received by the contest administrators.
You must measure and show your fish measurement accurately to have an eligible submission. All final decisions on fish length and entry eligibility will be made by contest administrators. Cheating will not be tolerated.
Participants may purchase either 1 or 2 tickets, and submit exactly one fish per ticket they hold. You may enter a fish for both tickets, but only 1 "longest fish" prize will be awarded per person.
If a participant purchases 2 fishing tickets, separate fish must be caught and submitted for each ticket.
Prize pickup will take place at Chanhassen City Hall during the following times (prizes will not be mailed):
Monday, February 8 – Thursday, February 11, 8am-4:30pm
Thursday, February 11 from 4:30-6pm
There will be no in-person component of FebFest as has occurred in the past. The medallion hunt and prize pickup are the only components of the festival that are required to be in-person. Social distancing rules and precautions consistent with state and local guidelines will be in place.