Rules for Bassinators Junior Fishing Club 

-Our club is for kids in 2nd grade through 8th grade.

-Youth must be in 8th grade or less at time of TOC in October to qualify for nationals.

– New for 2024 , Every tournament all partners will be randomly selected. Kids can fish with their parents each time, but will have a different partner. This will give us more unique teams.

-Always a 12 inch minimum on all bass

– All Youth must wear life jacket when main motor is running

– Youth 10 and under must wear life jacket at all times.

– Youth may operate trolling motor with captains permission

-Captains can net fish,  tie knots if needed.


FishDonkey App

All registration  must be completed using the app.  The FishDonkey App will be used to photo document fish and will generate live leaderboards. The leaderboards will update throughout the event as fish are submitted.  All entries will be considered unofficial until verified.


Measuring & Photo Documenting

  • All photos must be taken through the FishDonkey app and measurements must be on a valid measuring board.
  • No measuring tapes or stickers 
  • Fish should be recorded immediately and measurements noted by length.
  • All submissions must include at least two photographs:  1) A pic of youth angler holding the fish 2) A pic of the fish on the measuring board. 
  • Close the fish’s mouth. The nose should touch the bump of the measuring board (the belly is facing you). This photo needs to include the entire fish on the board.  
  • If the fish tail is touching the graduation line on the board then that is the exact measurement.  If the tail crosses a graduation line, round down ¼”.
  • All participants must have their fish submitted before the end of the tournament.
  • Entries with an open mouth will receive a deduction penalty of 1/4″, as an open mouth can extend the length of the fish.  


FishDonkey in poor reception areas

The app will work without the internet.  Open the app before heading out to poorly covered areas.  Tap on the name of the tourney.  Once you see the button ‘Enter a Fish’, head out and fish away.  Fish should be entered as normal in bad reception areas.  Your Digital Livewell® (fish icon) will show you if there are fish waiting for an internet connection to get pushed into the leaderboard.  When you get back to a well connected area, open your Digital Livewell®  and leave that screen open/active until all fish are “Received”. If your pictures are missing from the leaderboard, this is what you need to do.  Until your pictures are received, do not delete or alter the photos on your phone, as the software will not accept your photos as originals.


Missing pictures on the leaderboard?

Open your Digital Livewell (fish icon) when you get back to an area with good reception.  Leave that screen open until all fish are “Received”.  Never delete anything from your Digital Livewell.


Measuring Boards

All measuring devices must be commercially made.  You are required to have a board with a 90 degree bend which marks 0, and at least ¼” lines.  No handmade measuring boards, stickers, or tape measures allowed.  No sliding, retractable, or foldable measuring devices are allowed unless approved by the tournament director.  If your measurement is not clearly readable in your submission photo, it may not be accepted, or could be deleted 


Tournament Director

Your Tournament Director is Adam Harvey.  320-282-2349 or

The interpretation and enforcement of the rules is at the sole discretion of the director.  The tournament director may change rules or impose sanctions as they deem appropriate, including but not limited to: disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes, and prohibition from competing in future tournaments.  All decisions made by the tournament director are final.

Tournament Hours

Tournament will run from 7am-1pm.

12 inch minimum on all Bass

NO LIVE BAIT, Artificial only


All participants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any participant who displays poor sportsmanship, violates these rules or brings unfavorable publicity to the sport of fishing could be disqualified. Encroachment is considered a sportsmanship rule.


Body of Water

Participants must fish in the area specified for the event. 


Inclement Weather/Cancelation

Keep your phones on throughout the tournament in order to receive communication from the director in the event of postponement or cancelation.  Due to the nature of tournament fishing, no refunds will be issued.  This is at the discretion of your tournament director. 



The tournament director will consider options for determining a tie, which could be 1) Big fish 2)TBD


Claiming Prizes

Prizes will be distributed by BOD at pre determined boat ramp from 1:30-2pm for each tournament.

Laws and Regulations

All federal, state, and local laws and all fishing and boating rules must be abided by.


Failure to comply with any tournament rules subjects participants to disqualification and removal from the competition, as determined by the tournament officials. 



  • All protests must be brought to the director’s attention before the end of the event.
  • Anyone caught breaking the law or disobeying the rules will be disqualified.
  • Fish must be hooked and caught live in a conventional manner.  Fish cannot be snagged, netted, speared, etc.


Participants are responsible for their own safety, actions, and property at all times.

Youth must wear life jackets at all times while on the water

Youth cannot operate main motor 

Youth can operate trolling motor with captains permission

Youth should be considerate of the boat captains equipment.(wipe feet, no colored drinks,tip for gas)


If there are any questions about the rules, ask the tournament director Adam at 320-282-2349 or