Summer might seem a long ways off — especially after the recent cold snap — but one indicator of warmer days ahead came this week when the East Grand Forks firefighters union announced registration now is open for this year’s Cats Incredible Catfish Tournament.
The annual Red River catfish extravaganza is set for July 30-31 with tournament headquarters at LaFave Park below Cabela’s in East Grand Forks.
Entry fee is $230 per two-person team, and participants can register online at catsincredibletournament.com. The tournament is open to a maximum of 125 two-person teams, and the maximum payout — based on a full tournament field — is $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second and $2,000 for third. The top 15 teams will receive cash payouts, and door prizes also will be awarded during the tournament.
More information is available on the website or by sending an email to Ryan Swang of the firefighters union at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration also is underway for a second Red River catfish tourney, the Scheels Boundary Battle Catfish Tournament, set for June 25-26 in Grand Forks and East Grand Forks. The tournament, which is limited to 50 two-person teams, will be held below the Riverside Dam rapids the first day, when boats will launch at the Whopper John Little (North) Boat Ramp. Teams will fish south — upstream from Riverside Dam — the second day, when boats will launch out of the Lincoln Park boat ramp in Grand Forks.
Entry is $220 per team with $8,000 in payouts available and a grand prize of $2,000 if the tournament is full. More information is available at boundarybattle.com.