Metro Fishing League (MFL) is a multi-species fishing league established in 2005. We host 4 events per year with an optional 5th event and target Bass, Northern, and Walleye. Each week offers 1st, 2nd, 3rd place winners and a Big Bass winner with 100% payout of all league fees back to the members.
- June 1st – Prior Lake (Scott County)
- June 22nd – Big Marine (Washington County)
- July 20th – Waconia (Carver County)
- August 24th – White Bear Lake (Ramsey County)
- Sept 14th (Optional Event) – Knife Lake (Kanabec County) *possible partner change for event.
- $160 per team Entry Fee (entry for first 4 events)
- $120 per team Entry Fee (option to fish only 3 events)
- If entering only 3 events, you must state which event you will not attend.
- $60 per team League Fee (money used for overall prizes)
- $40 per team Big Bass Pot (Optional but must be paid at registration)
- $40 for 4 events or $30 for 3 events
- 100% payout of all fees
- Cash payouts at each event for first, second, and third place and Big Fish
- Cash payout for Overall Points winners (first, second, and third)
- Overall standings based on first 4 events only
- Application and entry fee MUST be received on or before Wed May 30th
- League limited to 15 teams
- Email completed applications to Rlschmidt40@gmail.com (ASAP)
- Mail checks to:Russell Schmidt,12872 Fondant Trail North
Hugo, MN 55038
- Paypall to: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Venmo to: rlschmidt40
Metro Fishing League Rules
6:00 AM to 1:00 PM
- 2 northern pike, 2 walleye, and 5 bass may be weighed.
On the Water Verification
- Bass, Northern, and Walleye should be brought to the weigh-in alive and released unharmed. If a fish is too large for your livewell or your livewell is too full, you may elect to have the weight of one or more fish verified on the water by an assigned member using a calibrated portable scale. It is your responsibility to contact one of the assigned members via cell phone and bring the fish to them to be verified on the water after which it MUST be released (picture of scale and length required).
Size Limits for Weigh-in
- 12″ minimum for bass
- 14″ minimum for walleye, only 1 fish may be over 20”
- 18″ to <22” or over 26” for northern pike, only 1 fish may be over 26”
Note: Special DNR regulations supersede these when applicable (16” walleye minimum on Waconia)
- 1st = Weight of tied teams biggest fish (bass, northern, walleye)
- 2nd = Number of fish weighed by tied teams (bass, northern, walleye)
- 3rd = Stands as a tie
Overall Points and Standings
- Overall points are awarded for each event as follows:
- 1st place points = # of teams in league
- No show or not entered in event = 0 points
- Teams not present at the weigh-in will receive:
- Full credit for their bag if weight was verified by a league officer
- 1.00 lb. credit if the catch of at least 1 legal fish is verified by any MFL team
- 1 participation point for showing up at the event
- All teams at the weigh-in with zero legal fish will tie for the highest available spot in the standings
- The total points for all 4 events will be used to compute overall standings
- The tie breaker for overall is decided by total weight of fish then by number of fish weighed.
General Rules and Penalties
- Minnesota DNR fishing regulations apply in all cases.
- Each boat must be equipped with functioning livewells with either flow-through systems or functioning aerators. (stingers and coolers are not permitted)
- Must have 1 person minimum age of 18yrs old on each team for each event.
- Life jackets must be worn by all participants when the boat is on plane. Warning issued for first offense.
- Any dead fish are the responsibility of the angler. If any of your fish do not swim away under their own power within 5 minutes of being returned to the lake you must bring them back to the scale to be weighed and you must take it home with you. Dead fish penalty = 1/2 the weight of the dead fish
- Any fish brought to the weigh-in of less than minimum length will result in a penalty. More than one fish over the upper slot limit is also a penalty. Any team member may ask for a length verification at the weigh-in. *must be verified by two people
- 1st offense: Short/long fish penalty = the illegal fish does not count (removed from basket).
- 2nd offense: Short/long fish penalty = the illegal fish does not count (removed from basket plus ½ weight of largest fish)
- 3rd offense: Short/Long fish penalty = DQ from that event with zero points
- Late to weigh-in: Anglers must be done fishing and at weigh-in station at 1:00 PM. Late penalty = 1 lb. per minute late
- Culling is allowed, but only one team limit (5B/2N/2W) may be in possession at any one time. Fish verified on the water assigned member count towards your limit unless you elect to cull (not count) that fish.
- All participants must sign a liability waiver before the start of the tournament (one time only). Substitutes will also be expected to sign the waiver.
- Live well checks will be done before each event to ensure working.
- Late to start: The team must check in with a league official before beginning fishing and present an empty live well. No penalty assessed.
- At least one of the registered team members must be present to participate. Substitutes are allowed for the other team member. Let the officers know if you need help finding a sub.
- Only two persons allowed in each boat except in an emergency.
- Please maintain 100′ distance between boats unless you have permission from the other boat. Each boat will be marked by a ribbon each week to help identify league members
- Live bait is not
- Order of start will be the inverse order of finish at the prior event (last place goes out first).
- In the interest of making this fun for everyone, the successful teams are strongly encouraged to freely share details with other league members about what lures, techniques, and types of structure produced fish for them. All teams are encouraged to participate in this exchange of information.
- Top 3 boats from previous event will provide assistance for on-water verification at next event – picture of scale and length of fish is required.
- A team can be disqualified for any rule violation if deemed to be appropriate by the league officers.
Cash Payout and Prizes
- 100% of the fees collected will be disbursed to the league members each year.
- 100% of the Big Bass Pot ($10/team/event) is paid out to the eligible team with the biggest bass.
- 100% payout of entry fees at each event ($40/team/event).
- 100% of the league entry fee ($60/team) is set aside for the overall prizes.
- Top three finishers are paid 50/30/20 percent of the pot for that event
- The top 3 overall finishers will receive monetary prizes allocated 50/30/20 percent from the money set aside for the overall championship.
- Whatever prizes are donated by our sponsors this year will be raffled to league members present at the final event weigh-in.