2019 Alton Catfish Classic Rules

  • Entry fee is $250 if you preregister by mail; $260 by PayPal or Credit Card. Entry fee at Captain’s Dinner is $275. Preregistration cutoff is 7 days prior to the tournament.
  • Each boat is allowed 1-3 members. Captain must be 18 years or older. Anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian sign release of liability.
  • (3) fish limit - Blue Cat, Channel Cat, and Flathead may be weighed. All fish must be alive to weigh in.
  • All fish must be caught by rod and reel method only. A maximum of 6 rods in use per boat unless state laws are more restrictive. No limit on number of rods in boat.
  • No fishing or netting outside the boat.
  • No stringer, decoy bags, or snagging allowed.
  • All tournament boats must maintain a distance of at least 50 yards between each other while anchored and 50 feet while drifting.
  • The use of alcoholic beverages or drugs is prohibited during tournament activities.
  • No culling of fish at the ramp or weigh in line.
  • No chumming or baiting of fishing holes or areas in preparation of or during tournaments.
  • All state and federal laws will be observed including but not limited to the use of PFD’s and kill switches. 
  • Fishing and boating licenses are the responsibility of team members.
  • No unsportsmanlike conduct will be permitted and will result in disqualification. All decisions by tournament director are final.
  • All live wells and bait wells will be checked before launch. All legal bait (dead or live) may be used.
  • No fishing is permitted after the captain’s dinner the night before the tournament.
  • All winners are subject to polygraph. Any team having a member who fails or refuses to take the test will be disqualified.
  • All protests must be made in writing to the tournament director before the awards ceremony begins.
  • Bluff City Outdoors reserves the right to amend or change any rule for safety or any other reason we deem necessary.


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