2019 Official Rules Ultimate Big Fish Derby

ENTRY FEES**

Biggest Trout per Adult (18 and older) – $30
Biggest Trout per Youth (age 17 and under) – $20

**$10 from each entry goes towards fish stocking

PAY-OUT PRIZE FORMAT

Biggest Trout Adult: One Fish Weigh-in per person (Pays 1 in 5 places – each day).

Biggest Trout Youth: One Fish Weigh-in per person (Pays 1 in 5 places – each day).

Release of Liability is required for any angler fishing in the Big Bear Fishing Association’s Tournaments. (Click here) for more information on the release.

RULES FOR ALL CONTESTANTS:

1. These are the official Rules for all 2018 Big Bear Lake Fishing Association Ultimate Big Fish Derby Events.   Big Bear Lake Fishing Association utilizes several forms of communication methods including websites, social media, emails and texting.  Big Bear Lake Fishing Association does not use standard mail to communicate rules or other program information. It is the responsibility of each individual to obtain event information, rule information, etc. through the methods utilized by the Big Bear Lake Fishing Association.  Failure to “agree to” “Truth Verification” provisions stated in the Waiver may result in ineligibility to participate in Big Bear Lake Fishing Association events and loss of membership status with Big Bear Lake Fishing Association. Ignorance of the rules is not a defense for violation of them.  The Tournament Director(s) shall apply penalties for rule infractions. Big Bear Lake Fishing Association encourages all parties involved in a rules dispute to photograph and/or video the incident at the time of the dispute to assist in resolving the issue with tournament authorities. Do not use zoom functions when taking photos involving encroachment.  Protests must be made in writing within 30 minutes of the official check-in time of the final flight at each tournament. The person(s) submitting the protest must be present and willing to identify the offender(s) in a face to face situation at the time the director confronts the named offender(s). The Tournament Director(s) may assess a penalty/disqualification without a written protest.  The results of any event where protests have been filed or penalties or disqualifications have be assessed shall be considered unofficial until a review of the incident has been conducted by the Executive Board of the Big Bear Lake Fishing Association. This review shall be completed within 72 hours of the event. The exception to this 72 hour limit is for “Truth Verification” testing (see Truth Verification rule for additional information).  In the event of “Truth Verification” testing the final decision on tournament results are pending the outcome of the test. The decision of the Executive Board of the Big Bear Lake Fishing Association shall be final in all matters. Adjustments to the results/paybacks, if necessary, shall be made after the final decision. Big Bear Lake FIshing Association uses this procedure to assure fair and consistent application of rules and penalties at all events and in all matters.  Our objective is to offer you the fairest most consistent handling of any problem. To avoid protests, if you suspect a possible infraction is about to take place – Alert the would-be offender and check the rules! It is mandatory to provide the Big Bear Lake Fishing Association with complete and correct name, address and Social Security number information for tax purposes. Providing incorrect and/or incomplete information is grounds for denial of membership and denial for participation in any/all events that the Big Bear Lake Fishing Association conducts.  

2. ELIGIBLE CONTESTS: Only those participants officially entered in the Big Bear Lake Fishing Association Ultimate Big Fish Derby who have completed a 2018 Official Rules, Regulations & Release of Liability form and comply with the terms and conditions of this contract are eligible for a prize.

3. SPORTSMANSHIP AND MISCONDUCT:  Any contestant who displays poor sportsmanship and/or misconduct and/or violates these rules and/or violates the laws or lake rules may be disqualified and/or excluded from membership in the Big Bear Lake Fishing Association.  This includes conduct on and off the water including improper fishing techniques, illegal fishing techniques, misconduct in and around the host facilities for any event including hotels, retail establishments, etc. Misconduct is a bad reflection on organized fishing and the Big Bear Lake Fishing Association. Misconduct may be deemed as an infraction of our sportsmanship rule and is grounds for disqualification from any event and/or exclusion from membership in the Big Bear Lake Fishing Association.  Any angler who engages in improper or illegal fishing techniques, either during a competition or not, may be disqualified from any event and/or excluded from membership in the Big Bear Lake Fishing Association. The Big Bear Lake Fishing Association shall make the determinations as to any sportsmanship, improper fishing techniques and/or misconduct issue. The Big Bear Lake Fishing Association reserves the right to refuse membership in the Big Bear Lake Fishing Association to anyone.

3. FISHING HOURS AND LATE PENALTY:  Official fishing hours will be announced at tournament sign-up prior to each event.  All contestants must check in at the weigh-in site. Contestants who are not at the official check-in area at the appointed time may be disqualified.  DO NOT BE LATE! Official fishing hours shall be the Saturday of the event from 6:30 AM – 2:30PM; Sunday 6:30 AM – 12:30 PM

4. PERMITTED FISHING WATERS: Contestants may fish anywhere accessible, except areas designated as “off limits” or “no fishing” by the tournament director(s), local, state or federal officials or the service area for any gas pump, operational or non-operational.  Marina’s may have additional areas off limits near gas docks due to fuel lines in the water.

5. USE OF PERSONAL INFORMATION AND LIKENESS: Names and tournament winners fishing information(s) may be used by Big Bear Lake Fishing Association, Sponsors and Sponsor’s designee(s) for promotional purposes without further compensation to Big Bear Lake Fishing Association, Sponsors or Sponsor’s designee(s).

RULES FOR ALL BOATS AND BOATERS:

1. BOAT AND HORSEPOWER REGULATION: There is no minimum length or minimum horsepower requirement.  The horsepower of the motor shall not exceed the horsepower rating for the boat or the U.S. Coast Guard rating plate attached to the boat by the manufacturer. Each boat must contain all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment.  

2. SPEED LIMIT: The maximum speed limit on Big Bear Lake is 35 mph maximum.  Additionally there is a 10 MPH limit from sunset the previous day till 7:00 a.m. the day of the tournament; 5 MPH between buoys indicating the same and the shoreline; 3 MPH in Papoose Bay, Canvasback Cove and Mallard Lagon.  At no time shall any boat be operated in an unsafe manner regardless of speed limits. Safety and weather conditions may dictate lower speeds than listed here.

3. SAFETY EQUIPMENT: All boats must meet Coast Guard regulations.  All Big Bear Lake rules and regulations and safe boating shall be observed at all times.  During competition, each contestant is required to wear a Coast Guard approved life jacket anytime the combustion engine is in operation.  All boats must be equipped with a emergency ignition shut-off device which must be securely attached to the driver’s body whenever the combustion engine is in operation.  All boats 16 ft. and larger must have a float cushion on board. It is not the responsibility of a tournament sponsor to provide assistance in on-the-water repairs or rescues at anytime.  Each contestant shall provide their own on-the-water assistance if needed.

4. ENCROACHMENT: A “25 yard” rule is in effect at all times during competition.  No contestant’s boat may move within 25 yards of another contestant’s boat at anytime for the purpose of fishing without the consent of all the contestants involved.  A boat moving from one area to another may infringe upon this zone as long as the parties that are moving do not fish and do not intentionally disrupt the area. Judging distance is very difficult on the water.  As a general rule of sportsmanship all anglers should give all others enough room to make a reasonable cast to fish an area. Exception: In the case of fishing docks or piers, co contestant’s boat may “tie-up” or “protect” more than a single dock at one time regardless of the distance involved.

BIGGEST TROUT RULES:

1. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS AND TACKLE: All Trout must be caught live in a legal and sporting manner.

2. WEIGH-IN: Only one Trout may be weighed in per person.  Trout must have been caught the day of the event during tournament hours.

Release of Liability is required for any angler fishing in the Big Bear Fishing Association’s Tournaments. (Click here) for more information on the release.