Dear Anglers,

Welcome to the 13th Annual Reel Country Classic! This year's tournament will cover both days. Payouts will be awarded for Day 1, Day 2 and Overall 2 Day Grand Champion.

The 13th Annual Reed Country Classic 2-Day Fishing Tournament will be held on May 18-19 on Otter Tail Lake. The Mandatory Captain's Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 17th at 6pm at Thumper Pond in Ottertail. This is for ALL anglers. There will be dinner for all fisherman Friday at 6:30. Following dinner there will be an awards banquet for Friday's winners.

On Saturday Evening, May 19th, there will be an Awards Banquet for the Saturday winners and the 2-Day Overall Grand Champion. Hors d'oeuvres will be served in Eagles Nest Bar.

Thumper Pond will have a fishing tournament reduced room rate. They have set aside a limited block of rooms, so call and book early to take advantage.

If you have any questions, please free to e-mail our tournament director or call Leighton Broadcasting at 218-847-5624.

We are looking forward to you joining us for the 13th Annual Reel Country Classic 2-Day Fishing Tournament!


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Each day the Tournament Payout is based on 50, 2-day teams in the tournament: (The Tournament will be open to 100 boats). $350 entry fee ($175 per angler).

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*Cash payouts are based on minimum 50 teams in the Tournament


The tournament will be decided by a scoring method that allows for the lowest score based on each day's placing.

Example: 1st Place on Friday, 3rd Place on Saturday = Total Points: 4

2nd Place on Friday, 5th Place on Saturday = Total Points: 7

Lowest Overall score wins. In case of a tie, the team with the highest total weight for 2 days will win.

Big Walleye Pot: Additional $20 per team (40% payout Big Walleye Day 1, 40% payout Big Walleye Day 2, 20% for overall Big Walleye)

Big Northern Pot: Additional $10 per team (overall Big Northern wins 100% pot)



Entries after May 1st will be accessed a $30 late fee.

No Entries will be accepted after May 17th, 2018 after 6pm


1. RELEASE OF LIABILITY: I acknowledge that I am VOLUNTARILY participating in this event. I am aware that my participation in the tournament listed on the entry form creates the risk of serious injury or death. My participation could also lead to the loss or damage to personal property as a result of being in the tournament. In exchange for being permitted to participate in this tournament, I hereby RELEASE AND DISCHARGE the tournament and the tournament sponsors, their officers, director's agents, employees and legal representatives from the liabilities or injuries, damages or other loss sustained by me. I realize the loss of property, injury or death could arise from the fishing and boating activities contemplated by the tournament, and the fact that the risks normally encountered in open-water fishing from a boat may be enhanced by the existence of competition. I also agree to submit to a polygraph voice analysis stress test if required.

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Make checks payable to:

KRCQ Reel Country Classic

PO Box 746

Detroit Lakes, MN 56502


Stop by our studios to pay by check or cash:

Leighton Broadcasting

1340 Richwood Road

Detroit Lakes, MN 56501

13th Annual Reel Country Classic Fishing Tournament



A. Contestants must enter as two-person teams. Any person under 16 years of age must be team with their parent or legal guardian.

B. Entries will be accepted until 6pm on Thursday May 17th, 2018. A late fee of $30 will be assessed to all teams registering after May 1st, 2018. Entry fee refunds will be made only if prior notification is made to the tournament directors prior to May 17, 2018. A $50 service charge per team will be retained on all refunds of entry regardless of the cancellation date (due to the meal arrangements).

C. Each entrant must have in his or her possession a valid fishing license from the State of Minnesota. Any person cited for violating state fishing or boating regulations during fishing hours will automatically have their team disqualified from the tournament.

D. Leighton Broadcasting, Inc. or any other sponsors and their corporations, agencies and agents, are not to be held responsible for death, injury, damage, liability, theft, fire or any loss. Entrants will will in effect sign a waiver upon signing the entry form.

E. This is a release tournament. Contestants are required to release all fish alive after weigh in, except for trophy fish for mounting purposes.

F. If team partners change, as long as the boat captain is the same, you can still enter.


A. All boats are required to meet U.S. Coast Guard safety regulations as well as those of the State of Minnesota. Safe boating conduct and all safety precautions must be observed at all times.

B. Each entrant will be required to have a U.S. Coast Guard approved personal flotation device (PFD). It must be worn at all times when main combustion engine is operating at anything above trolling speed.

C. No alcoholic beverages are allowed during tournament hours. Drunkenness by any competitor during tournament hours will not be tolerated and shall be cause for disqualification.

D. Contestants may not leave their boats during tournament hours. In the event of thunderstorms or lightening, contestants are allowed to pull into the nearest shoreline until it is safe to continue fishing.


A. Live bait and artificial lures permissible. All fish must be caught live in a conventional sporting manner on hook and line. All fishing must be done from a tournament inspected boat.

B. Each contestant will be allowed a maximum one line in the water at any time. Spare rods and equipment may be carried in the boat.

C. Cell phones, CB or marine radios are allowed for emergency use only. Transmitting information over a radio or phone concerning any aspect of the taking of fish during the tournament is prohibited and grounds for disqualification. The use of binoculars or any type of binocular is strictly forbidden and will be grounds for disqualification.

D. Only live, fresh fish will qualify for tournament weigh-in. Judgment by the officials is final. All fish weighed must be kept and carried in aerated live wells or aerated coolers. The use of stringers, wire baskets, boat bags or other means of keeping fish are prohibited.


A. Fishing is permitted on Otter Tail Lake only. No fish from any other lake are permitted.

B. Zorbaz on Otter Tail Lake will serve as the tournament headquarters. All tournament boats will start from and return to Zorbaz during the tournament.


A. Boats must be available for the pre-start inspection before being allowed to leave in the flight. Pre-boat inspections will begin at 6:30 am on both Friday and Saturday.

B. Contestants who return later than the assigned time or who leave at an earlier time will be disqualified for that day - no exceptions and no excuses.

C. No contestant is permitted on the lake May 18 or 19, 2018, except during tournament hours, or for the sole purpose of entering from or exiting at other access points on the lake. Contestants being on the lake for any other reason must have written permission from the tournament directors. Pre-tournament practice is allowed anytime up to 4:00 pm Thursday May 17th, 2018.


A. One team member must pass through the weigh-in line each day, even if the team has no fish to register. Failure to pass through the weigh-in line will result in disqualification. This is a safety precaution, to insure that all teams have returned to tournament headquarters at the end of each day's fishing.

B. Fish may be weighed in at any time during the fishing hours.

C. Each team may weigh a total of six (6) walleyes per day, of which only two (2) may be 20 inches or longer in total length. The size minimum is 15 inches.

D. All fish not measuring at least 15 inches will be disqualified and the final weight of the disqualified fish will be deducted from the team's legal weight as a penalty.

E. Any contestant attempting to weigh in more than two (2) walleyes over 20 inches in length per day will be automatically disqualified from the tournament.

F. When the team places their seventh walleye in the live well they must immediately stop fishing and head for tournament headquarters and weigh in.

G. Only live fish will be eligible for weigh-in. Any dead fish will count towards your daily limit, but will not count towards the day's weight. Any fish showing any sign of tampering with, such as stringer holes, injection with water or other fluids, containing foreign matter to add weight, may result in disqualification at the discretion of the tournament director or weigh-in officials.

H. Prizes are awarded to teams, except for the largest walleye each day, which is awarded to an individual.

I. In the event of ties, final placing will be determined by the greatest two day total weight.


A. The Tournament Committee, or any contestant, has a right to protest another team or contestant. The protest must be filed in writing with the Tournament Director no later than one (1) hour after the close of that day's tournament fishing hours. A three (3) man protest committee shall be appointed by the Tournament Committee prior to the tournament and will convene to hear both sides of any protest. A polygraph may be utilized if so decided by the protest committee. The decision of the protest committee shall be final in all cases. A $300.00 protest fee must accompany each written protest. The fee will be returned if the protest is found valid. If the protest is valid, the disqualified party must pay all investigative costs, including the polygraph. If the protest is invalid, the fee will not be returned.


A. All questions or problems connected with the rules of this tournament are to be referred to the tournament directors or committee prior to the conclusion of the rules meeting on May 17th, 2018.

B. Contestants are not permitted to fish within twenty (20) yards of another boat at any time. No contestant's boat may pull up to another boat during tournament hours.

C. Patrol and safety boats, Conservation officers and Sheriff's Department boats may pull up and inspect contestants at any time. Anyone found cheating will be immediately disqualified and the reasons for that disqualification will be announced at weigh-in.

D. Disqualification for any reason will result in forfeiture of entry fee.

E. All rules have "loopholes". It is the intention of the sponsors to provide an hones sportsmanlike tournament. In the interest of good sportsmanship, contestants are reminded that the "spirit of the rule" will prevail in all judgment cases.

F. Contestants will be responsible for any applicable taxes due on any prize

9. RULES MEETING - All teams must be represented at the rules meeting at Thumper Pond, May 17 at 6pm.

10. PARKING - A designated tournament parking area for all teams will be presented at the rules meeting. Parking at any public access on Otter Tail Lake will be strongly discouraged.


1. Both team members must be listed and signed.

2. All entries must be received prior to May 1st 2018 or pay a $30 late fee. No entries will be accepted after May 17th, 2018 at 6pm. Team entry fee is $350 plus optional add-ons for Biggest Walleye Pot ($20/team) and/or Biggest Northern Pot ($10/team).

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