The lottery drawing for this year’s Cats Incredible Catfish tournament is set for 6 p.m. March 7 at the Eagles Club in East Grand Forks.
According to a news release from The Chamber, registration officially opens Tuesday, and applications can be hand-delivered or mailed to The Chamber office at 202 N. Third St. in downtown Grand Forks.
Applications submitted by mail must be postmarked Feb. 14 or later.
This year’s Cats Incredible tournament is set for July 28-29 and is limited to 125 two-person teams. Organizers reduced the field from 150 teams for this year’s tournament because of a change in tournament boundaries. The river downstream from Riverside Dam no longer is open to tournament anglers. Instead, the tournament will be limited to the stretch of river from Riverside Dam upstream to the Thompson Bridge.
The change results from new invasive species laws that require live wells to be drained when a boat is off the water. The change made it impossible to legally transport catfish caught from north of Riverside Dam, where the boat ramp is on the North Dakota side of the river, to the LaFave Park landing in East Grand Forks.
“We are extremely happy that we were able to organize a great East Grand Forks tournament and facilitate the stricter regulations due to the invasive species issues,” said Tom Stennes, tournament co-chairman.
Organizers again expect demand to exceed tournament openings, and teams from as far away as Arizona, Florida, Nebraska and South Dakota are expected.
Besides the fishing tournament, a community festival is planned for Cats Incredible weekend. The popular “Beans on the Banks Chili Challenge” is looking for a group to organize and run the chili cook-off this year.
For more information, contact The Chamber at (701) 772-7271 or firstname.lastname@example.org .