Outdoor News Fishing Contest

So you caught a big fish?

Let’s see it!


Welcome to the 2021 Outdoor News Ice Fishing Derby presented by Tuned Up Custom Rods and FishingReports.OutdoorNews.com

This contest kicks off the New Year, and it’s a fun way to bring hardwater enthusiasts together!

You can fish the derby on any legal Minnesota body of water during the full contest period. Enter your eligble catch into the Walleye, Northern Pike, Crappie or Sunfish category. Then follow the leaderboard.

You will need a couple of things on hand when you land your catch, so be prepared!

1) You will need to include the image of our official contest logo in your measuring picture. Either print off the JPEG version in paper form to have on hand or save the jpg image and you can place your phone next to your measuring shot to show the required logo.

2) A legible measuring device, preferably a bump board. Be sure to check out our “how to measure” tips, so your big catch is measured properly and eligible for prizes – including weekly random draw winners and a Grand Prize winner in each of the four categories.

Eligible Species (click to submit an entry)
Walleye Northern Pike Crappie Sunfish

You can view the leaderboard here.


2021 Outdoor News MN Ice Fishing Contest Rules

Contest runs from Midnight CST January 4, 2021 through Midnight CST March 5, 2021. Online-only entries. All entries are required to include the official contest logo in their picture. Click here to download and print a copy or be prepared to display it on a phone with this downloadable jpg image.

Prize Categories
1 Grand Prize Winner for Each Category
Walleye Northern Pike Crappie Sunfish
32” Precision Rod from Tuned Up Custom Rods with a cork split grip and Recoil guides 38” Vulcan Rod from Tuned Up Custom Rods with an 8” EVA foam handle and Recoil guides 30” Bullwhip Rod from Tuned Up Custom Rods with an EVA foam split grip and black Recoil guides 30” Precision Noodle Rod from Tuned Up Custom Rods with a cork split grip and Recoil guides
Weekly Random Winner

1 Weekly Random winner for each *category will win a 3-month access package to the Outdoor News Digital Fishing Report and an Outdoor News logo cap (*You must make an entry into the category to be eligible for the random prize drawing.) Winners will be announced here.

No cash substitutions are allowed for contest prizes. 

Measuring & Submitting Your Fish

Fish must be caught from Jan. 4, 2021-Mar. 5, 2021 on any public waters that you can legally fish on with a Minnesota State Fishing License.

Entries must include a legible photo of the fish on a bump board with the mouth closed and tail pinched. We have to be able to see the beginning of the measuring device and the numbers around the tail of the fish in the same photo.

We must also be able to see the official contest logo printed out on paper or you can display it on the screen of a phone also in the image.

Fish are measured rounding down to the nearest 1/8 inch. Deductions to measurements will be made if the mouth is open and not pushed against the beginning of the bump board at the tournament director’s discretion.

All entries must include two photos, one of the fish being accurately measured and one of the person holding the fish in a safe manner.


Leaderboards will be updated weekly on the Outdoor News Fishing Report website here. All entries are unofficial until verified by tournament judges. At the end of the tournament, the top entries from the leaderboard will have their submitted fish photo verified by a judge.

The judges shall have the right to verify that fish submissions are accurate and that they were legally caught. The decision of the judge is final.

Measuring Boards

Measuring “Bump Boards” with a lip at the beginning of the measuring device are preferred, but others may be used as long as they include inch measurements broken down to a minimum of 1/8 inch. Please use a standard tape measure to verify accuracy of your fish measuring devices.

Prize winners may be required to verify the accuracy of measuring device used for measuring fish during the tournament.

Claiming Prizes

Winners will be notified using the information provided on the entry form.

Winners have five working days from our emailed notification to confirm award or another winner will be selected.

Prizes will be shipped or delivered to winners no later than 30 business days after the end of the contest using the information submitted with the entry form.

Keeping or releasing fish

It is up to the angler’s discretion whether to keep or release the fish so long as lake and state regulations are followed. Outdoor News promotes selective harvest and would like to see larger fish released to live and fight another day.

Methods of taking fish

Fish must be caught on a hook and line. Speared fish will not be allowed entry in this tournament.

Fish must be caught from Jan. 4, 2021-March 5, 2021 on any public waters that you can legally fish on with a Minnesota State Fishing License.


Tiebreakers will be determined by the tournament director based on time of entry of the submitted fish. The angler who submitted their fish first will be the leader in any ties.


Participants are responsible for their own safety, actions, and property at all times. Please stay safe while fishing our tournament and pay attention to local weather and ice conditions. Do not put yourself or others at risk.


All participants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any participant who displays poor sportsmanship, violates these rules or brings unfavorable publicity to the sport of fishing could be disqualified. Beer cans or other alcohol/ tobacco products cannot be in any photos submitted.


Through your entry into this contest, you authorize and release Outdoor News Inc. and contest sponsors to use your images and name without further compensation for marketing purposes. Furthermore, your entry into the contest confirms your agreement to receive marketing information as well. You will have the option to opt-out of further marketing upon receipt.

This is an online-only entry contest. Submissions not entered through the contest forms or incomplete entries will not be considered.

To obtain a written list of contest winners, send a self addressed, stamped envelope no later than March 31, 2020 to:

ATTN: FISHING CONTEST WINNERS LIST/EVY, OUTDOOR NEWS INC., 9850 51ST Avenue N, Suite 130, Plymouth, MN 55442.

Outdoor News is not responsible for lost or misdirected requests.