Team Bass Tournament

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Dates & Times

COMPETITION DAY: Friday, July 27, 2018

Check-in - 5 a.m.
Rules meeting - 5:45 a.m.
Boat launch - 6 a.m.  
Tournament weigh-in – 1 p.m.

Registration check-in and weigh-in will take place at the boat ramp.


Thursday, July 26th, 5-7pm. 

Scheels (2960 Pine Lake Rd, Lincoln - View map)

Early check-in optional.

General Information

SITE: Lake Wanahoo, Wahoo - View map

NOTE: State Park permits are needed to enter Lake Wanahoo Recreation Area. Absolutely NO PARKING on the shoulders of the road.

COMPETITION FORMAT: Each boat consists of a 2-person team. Each boat is permitted to score their 5 largest bass. The weigh-in will be conducted as a photo/scorecard process where teams measure and photograph their catch, record the length and release the fish. The lengths will then be converted to pounds. Specific procedures and requirements for the photo/scorecard process can be found below. All state and local fishing regulations must be followed. Medals and payouts will be based on the converted weight of the total catch. Medals and payouts will go to the top three teams as well as the biggest bass.

AWARDS: Custom Cornhusker State Games gold, silver and bronze medals will be awarded to each team member of the top three teams. A special payout for largest bass will also be awarded. Other gift cards and raffle prizes will be awarded throughout the day.

PRE-TOURNAMENT PRACTICE: This tournament will have a 3-day off-limits period, which consists of the Tuesday - Thursday prior to the tournament. No participant may be on designated tournament waters for any reason during the official off-limits period.

LUNCH: Free lunch will be provided for all participants.

LAUNCH ORDER: Launch order will be determined upon the final registration deadline Friday, July 6th by random draw, and will be posted at the week of July 23rd. Late registrations will be given the next available launch number in the order they are received.

BOAT LIMIT: The tournament will be limited to the first 50 teams registered.

EQUIPMENT: Participants must bring their own boat, camera (or, smart phone / tablet with a good camera), measure board, poles, bait, tackle, etc.

Official Tournament Rules

(Rules will be updated by end of February)

RULE CHANGES: These rules shall remain in effect and unchanged throughout the current tournament year unless specifically superseded by state or local law. Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be left exclusively to the tournament director. 

PARTICIPATION/ELIGIBILITY: At least one team member must be 18 years of age or older to participate, however, if both members of a team are under the age of eighteen, then they must present written permission from a parent or legal guardian 

SAFETY: Safe boating conduct must be observed at all times while and all boats must have a full complement of safety gear as required by USCG regulation Nebraska Game & Parks Commission. Tournament days may be shortened or canceled due to unsafe weather or any conditions that would endanger the safety of the competitors. The decision to shorten or cancel tournament days will be determined by the Tournament Director.

ALCOHOL/DRUGS: Participants will refrain from the use of alcohol and or drugs during the course of the tournament event. This prohibition does not extend to the use of prescribed medications for ongoing medical issues. 

BOATS AND MOTORS: Motors may not exceed the horsepower rating on the BIA plate for those boats meeting BIA standards, nor any manufacturer’s plate affixed in lieu of BIA ratings. All boats must be at least 10 feet long.

SPORTSMANSHIP: Participants are expected to follow the highest standards of courtesy, safety, angling etiquette and a strict adherence to game and fish laws. 

TACKLE AND EQUIPMENT: All fish must be caught alive and in a conventional sporting manner. Intentionally snagging fish is not permitted. Communication devices such as cell phones, marine radios or CB’s may be used for emergency purposes only.  The official measure board is the Golden Rule 22” Bass board (must have a minimum of 1/4” increment measurements) or approved equal. Homemade boards and sliding/collapsing boards will not be permitted. Measure boards will be checked at boat inspections prior to launch. Nets are allowed. Only one rod may be used at a time and only one rod eight (8) foot in length (measured butt to tip) is allowed per angler. Only artificial lures may be used, live and or prepared bait is not allowed, the only exception being “pork rinds” or its equivalent. Trolling as method of fishing with the aide of the internal combustion or electric trolling motor is not permitted.
POLYGRAPH: Anyone participating may be subject to a polygraph exam and or voice stress analysis if requested by the tournament officials. Examiner’s decision must be accepted without appeal. Entrants understand that the failure of such test or refusal to take the test will disqualify them from the tournament.

POLYGRAPH: Anyone participating may be subject to a polygraph exam and or voice stress analysis if requested by the tournament officials. Examiner’s decision must be accepted without appeal. Entrants understand that the failure of such test or refusal to take the test will disqualify them from the tournament.

PERMITTED FISHING WATERS: All angling activities must be done from a previously inspected boat. No fishing will be allowed within 50-yards of another competitor’s boat which was first anchored or tied, with its trolling motor stowed out of the water, without the anchored boats permission. An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight or by a Power-Pole with the trolling motor in the up position. Absolutely no hole-setting or holding of a fishing spot, this will not be tolerated. Competitors may not exit their boat in order to facilitate access to “other” waters. Tournament directors will determine, and announce, all off-limit areas. 

OFF-LIMITS: Tournament waters are off limits from 12:01am Tuesday, July 24 until the launch of the tournament. No angler is permitted to be on the water for any reason during off limits period. 

NO-WAKE: Boats will not pass another’s competitors boat in any no-wake zones at any time during tournament hours except for boats that may be changing course within the zone, boats which have stopped or are engaged in fishing activities.

OFFICIAL CHECKPOINTS: Teams must depart and return from a specified point by boat unless otherwise noted. Teams arriving late will be disqualified. In case of an emergency (I.E. Motor Failed) a team member may ride back in another boat. All fishing must cease upon checking in, disqualification will result for fishing after checking in.

SCORING: Teams will select their 5 largest fish to be scored on the official score card. The lengths will be converted to weight by a standardized formula and tallied on the score card prior to turning check in. All scored fish must measure a minimum of 15 inches, mouth closed. Tournament standings will be determined by total weight. Only largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass will be scored for the Bass Division. Teams will tally their results on their official scorecard and both angles shall sign the card. The Official Scorecard and the Memory card from the camera will be turned in at the official check in site. The photos will be used by staff to verify the catches. All memory cards will be returned at the event. Teams presenting fish for weight, and which are subsequently determined to be “short”, shall be penalized the weight of the short fish PLUS the big fish of the sack. Incomplete score cards will be assessed a ½ pound penalty.​

CATCH, PHOTO & RELEASE FORMAT: All fish will be measured, photographed and released at the boat. No fish will be brought to the weigh-in tent. The purpose of this format is to provide competition on better fishing waters where minimum length limits would not allow for a tournament. We will have some example photos prior to the event and will go over these procedures at the pre-tournament meeting prior to launch.

Anglers will work together to measure, photograph & release their fish. The procedures shall be as follows: 

     A. One angler holds fish on the official measure board. The belly of the fish will face the angler. The nose of the fish must touch the bump plate to the LEFT, the tail is extended back to its maximum length on the right end of the board.

     B. The anglers agree on the length of the fish to 1/4th inch accuracy. If the tail fin crosses the 1/4” mark, the official length may be rounded up to the next 1/4". If the tail just touches or is shorter it would not round up. The minimum scoring length is 15”. An 14 3/4” fish cannot round up to 15” the fish would have to measure 15” before it can be scored. Example fish photos and measurements will be provided and discussed at the pre-launch meeting.

     C. While the fish is being held on the board by an angler, the other angler takes one photo of the fish, with the entire length of the fish on the board, where the mouth is closed against the end of the board and the measurements are visible.

     D. Prior to releasing, a second photo is taken of the fish being held up by either angler. This may be the photo displayed at the weigh-in ceremony.

     E. The fish is immediately released by the angler holding the fish. 

     F.    Be sure to record the length on the Official Scorecard.

     G. If two fish are caught at the same time one fish at a time must be measured, photographed, and released as quickly as possible before processing the second fish. NO fish are to be placed in the livewell.

FISH RELEASE: All fish caught must be released in a timely manner. Failing to release your fish will result in an automatic disqualification. Placing fish in a livewell will not be permitted.

TIES: In the event of a tie at the event, big fish will be the deciding factor.  In the event that big fish and total weight are the same for two or more teams then the average weigh per fish for each team will break the tie.  In cases of a big fish tie, then the In the event that big fish and total weight are the same for two or more teams then the average weigh per fish for each team will break the tie.  In the event that we still have a tie the money will be split. 

PROTESTS/DISQUALIFICATION: Directors must be notified of all protest before close of scales. Protests also, must be submitted in writing within 10 minutes of the closing of the scales. A “protest committee” consisting of three (3) fellow anglers, randomly drawn by the tournament director will address all protests.

Registration Fees & Deadlines

$120 per 2-person boat

CASH PAYOUT: All Teams will be in the Cash Payout. 100% of the entries for the Cash Payout Option will be paid back at the ramp, and will pay back one place for every five boats participating.

ENTRY FEE INCLUDES: Competition in the 2018 Cornhusker State Games; White cotton athlete shirt (micro-fiber or soft cotton lightweight tri-blend upgrade available); Pass for free admission to SportFest, the Opening Ceremonies, and all competition venues; Sponsor gifts and coupons.

PAPER ENTRY FORMS: Paper entry forms will be accepted with a $10 processing fee per team. Registering online saves time, money and trees.

SCHEDULING NOTE: It is Nebraska Sports Council policy to not release team or divisional information until after the entry deadline. With teams waiting until on or near the deadline to enter, releasing data prior to that day does not provide an accurate picture of the tournament field and serves only to discourage those taking a wait-and-see approach.

Further Information

Sport Specific Questions: Contact Team Bass Director Scott Vestecka at
Online Registration/Website Questions: Contact the Cornhusker State Games office at 402-471-2544 or