Saturday, June 11, 2016
Maple Lake (near Mentor, MN)
Eligibility and Fees: Bishop's Cup Teams will consist of no more than 4 people. Team members must be 18 years of age or older. Youth under 18 years of age can fish on a team if one of the other team members is their parent or legal guardian. Entry can be done online or by downloading and completing an entry forms for mailing or hand-delivering the day of the event.
Headquarters: Site of the contest will be the public landing on the East Shore Access of Maple Lake near Mentor, MN.
- Fishing Hours: Boat check-in will be from 8 am to 9:30 am on Saturday, June 11.
A short rules meeting will be held at 9:30 am. Fishing will begin at 10:00 am and end at 3 pm. Teams will be sent out– Bishop’s Cup teams first, then Bishop’s Cup Youth teams and finally, the Family Teams. A team may use 2 boats if 4 fisherpersons do not fit in one boat. However, multiple teams cannot fish from the same boat. Boat launching will take place at the public landing.
- One member of each team must be at the weigh-in area no later than 3 pm. After the weigh-in, the team of judges will determine the winner(s) and all prizes will be awarded immediately following the weigh-in.
- Fishing Area: Maple Lake only.
- Prizes for the Bishops Cup will be based on a team limit of 4 fish, which could include 1 walleye, 1 bass, 1 northern, and 1 crappie, but only one of each type of fish. The winning team will be determined by total weight of the 4 fish listed above. In case of a tie the winning team will be determined by the heaviest fish.
- The Prize for the Bishops Cup competition will be to have possession of the Bishops Cup Trophy engraved and proudly displayed at your parish, bragging rights for the entire year and your entry fee paid for the next Bishop’s Cup tournament. The traveling trophy must be returned for subsequent Bishop’s Cup tournaments.
- The Youth Bishop Cup will have a trophy that will be displayed at the winning team’s school or parish. All rules and limits apply to youth teams; however youth teams may fish from shore. Each youth team must provide supervision for their team members. The supervisor must be Safe Environment certified. More than one youth team is allowed for each parish. The Youth Bishop Cup trophy must be returned for subsequent Bishop’s Cup tournaments.
- A family fishing event will also be held. Family Teams will also consist of no more than 4 team members. The winning team will be determined by the total weight of all legal fish. The number of prizes will be determined by the number of prize donations, and if there are no donations the prize may be just bragging rights.
- Tackle: Live and artificial baits.
- Laws: All Minnesota Laws will be followed. This includes size limits and slot limits.
- Note: This is an alcohol free event.
- Safety: Please wear life vests and remember that the public has the first use of the boat ramp.
- Check in: All teams must check in at the end of the tournament.
- All judge’s decisions will be final.
Remember to launch your boat before the rules meeting at 9:30 a.m.
Sportsmanship: The Bishop’s Cup & Family Fishing Tournament was developed to bring the parishes of the Diocese of Crookston together for fun and fellowship.
The Bishop's Cup Fishing Tournament and Family Fishing Event was initiated in 2010 by Bishop Hoeppner, who wished for a day of friendly competition and fun for the people of the Diocese of Crookston. Parish, Knights of Columbus and other group teams compete for the Bishop's Cup trophy, which remains in the parish of the winning team until the following year. There is also a Youth Bishop's Cup competition for our young people. Families may participate at a Cup team competitive level, or simply come to spend the day fishing together to be part of the fun. Participation in this tournament is free. The tournament is held the second Saturday of June each year.