2024 National Freshwater Spearfishing Championship Lake Geneva, WI

REGISTRATION
This is team event. 2 divers per team.
$150 per Diver / $300 per Team
$100 early bird entry fee per diver – Open until June 1st

Fee includes tournament shirt, dinner, and awards banquet.

REGISTER HERE

 

EVENT SCHEDULE

Thursday, September 26th – 6:00PM

Mandatory Competitors Meeting
KC’s Cabin
309 Illinois Route 173
Spring Grove, IL 60081 

Friday, September 27th – Main Event

Staging Location
Bigfoot Beach State Park
1550 Lake Shore Drive
Lake Geneva, Wi 53147

  • 6:00AM meet at tournament starting location.
  • 7:00AM divers will leave starting location and travel to their first dive location. Diving is not allowed until 8:00AM.
  • 8:00AM official dive time begins.
  • 2:00PM official dive time ends. All divers must BE OUT of the water and be on shore by 2:30PM.
  • 4:00PM all divers must be checked in or be disqualified. Check in at the weight table at KC’s Cabin

AWARDS BANQUET
Friday, September 27th – 6:00PM

KC’s Cabin
309 Illinois Route 173
Spring Grove, IL 60081

Awards Banquet and raffle/silent auction at Event Venue. The banquet is included in your entry fee. Extra tickets need to be purchased when you register for the tournament. Each extra ticket costs $25. The banquet will include a Wisconsin Style Fish Fry” with fries and cheese curds.

Rules

  • No boat of any kind during the tournament. Boats are allowed for scouting.
  • This is an individual and team event so please keep your fish separate.
  • This event is freediving, only flashers may be used but NO CHUMMING is allowed at any time.
  • Docks are private property. Being IN THE WATER around the docks is perfectly legal.
  • NO fish may be shot in the event area 30 days before the event. This will result in a disqualification for that individual. Practice shooting fish, at the designated practice areas only, at any time. They are the first 5 docks on the north end and south end of Big Foot beach. Dispose of all fish responsibly.
  • Filleting fish and casting remains in the Lake is illegal. It is also Illegal to dispose of fish in the Lake.
  • The use of GPS, fish finders, and cell phones for time, is legal for the event and scouting days. Each diver is allowed only 10 scouting days, within 30 days of the event.
  • Each diver must tow a buoy with a flag for safety, as there can be boat traffic. Dive teams may choose to dive close together for safety or spread out.
  • Fish hauling devices are legal, such as buoys or boogie boards.
  • Divers from opposing teams may dive the same region safely.
  • Fish that are judged more than a day old or rotting will not be counted, divers with multiple rotting fish maybe disqualified.
  • If you shoot extra fish they may not be discarded in the lake. Bring them to the weigh in.
  • By signing the Waiver, you understand this is a potentially dangerous sport and that you are responsible for you and your buddy.


Practice Area

 

Species limits and Scoring

  • Each diver may enter 20 Rock Bass. They are scored: 1 point per Rock bass and 1 point per pound.
  • Each diver may enter 10 Carp. The are scored: 3 points per Carp.
  • You may upgrade Carp or Bass, however, the extra fish must not be discarded in the lake. They need to be brought to the weigh in and kept separate from your catch.
  • Weigh your biggest fish for “Biggest Fish” awards, as well as to break ties for teams and individuals.

Protest:

In the event of a protest, protester must submit protest in writing within ½ hour of completion of weigh in (preferably earlier!) along with $100.00. The $100 protest fee will be refunded if the protest is upheld.

One representative from each club or region will be present at the weigh-in will have a vote on the protest committee.

The NFSA event Director will oversee the protest allowing each party 5 minutes to explain their side. Any decision of the protest committee is final.

 

Tournament Logistics

Location
Lake Geneva is located 60 mins west of Milwaukee, WI on the boarder of Illinois. It is approx. 1 hour drive from Milwaukee MKE airport and O’Hare ORD airport in Chicago.

Logistics
There are 21 miles of shoreline to dive from and 6 public boat launch access points to reach the water, as well as numerous public beaches.

The Geneva Wells Motel has offered us a discount on the 23 rooms. They look simple and are about 1/4mile north of Big Foot State Park.  $79 a night for Sun-Thur, $129 Fri-Sat. This is 50-80% saving on most facilities in the near and far region. Call DAN 262-248-1809 and mention the fishing event and the rate. There should be no extra charges.

There are several large resort type lodging accommodations in the area as well as a nearly infinite amount of vrbo, Airbnb, hotel and camping options within 20 miles of the lake and town.

DO YOU NEED DIVE WEIGHTS?
If you need lead for your weight belt, please make arrangements with the tournament director.

Water Temp: 70 – 75 degrees
Visibility: +30ft