The 8th Annual “Catch the Adventure” Fishing Tournament will take place February 11, 2017 on Lake Alexamder, located at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch (24201 Bobcat Road, Custer, SD 57730).
Only 100 pre-drilled and numbered holes will be available on a first-come, first, serve basis at the 8th Annual Catch the Adventure Ice Fishing Tournament. Anglers may obtain up to 2 holes by making a tax-deductible donation of $50 per hole. Starting position on the course will be determined randomly. Every half-hour, fishermen will be instructed to move to new holes. At 1:40PM record cards will be collected, but fishing for “tagged-fish” will continue until 2:30PM. Fishermen will provide their own gear and bait. Because we are fishing on a Boy Scout Camp, this event must be alcohol-free.
This event is a special fundraiser for the Black Hills Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Our objective is to provide fishermen with a great day of fun, food, fellowship and fishing at Lake Alexander, located at Medicine Mountain Scout Ranch. This will be a unique fishing experience – with plenty of prizes and surprises!
8:15AM – 9:15AM…………..Check-In
9:30AM – 1:40PM…………..Contest Fishing
1:40PM……………………… Recording Cards Collected
1:40PM – 2:30PM…………..Tagged-fish Continues
2:45PM……………………… Awards Presentation
Registration will take place online at
Remember, that only 100 fishermen will be able to participate in this tournament.
- Trout Only – Catch & Release
- No live baitfish allowed
- Record length (to smallest whole inch, e.g. 13.8″ recorded as 13″), with “neighbor verification”
- No electronics allowed
- No pre-fishing allowed
- Only one line per hole allowed
- Contest winner(s) determined by largest “total length” of all trout caught, divided by the number of holes fished
- Ties will be broken via a “coin-flip”
- All decisions by the Tournament Committee are final
Each fisherman will register individually for this tournament. Based on the team name, we will score the members as a group to determine a Team Champion. A team trophy will be awarded for display in the team’s workplace or another venue.
Catch, Measure & Release Philosophy
Because this is a small, stocked lake, we wish to keep fish stocks high and healthy – especially for our Scouts at summer camp. To minimize trauma to fish, we would like to return them to the water as quickly as possible. Hence, we will measure only to the lowest whole inch (e.g. a trout greater than or equal to 12″ but less than 13″ will be recorded as 12″). In the event that the trout swallows the hook (and retrieval would cause harm to the fish), simply cut the line, measure the fish and return it to the water.
Individual Fisherman Prizes
There will be prizes for the top three places in the individual fisherman contest. Other special prizes: the longest fish, shortest fish, and random “hole” prizes.
Sponsorship & Prizes
Opportunities are still available. Please contact Spencer Paulsen at Spencer.Paulsen@scouting.org.
Food & Beverages
There will be a complimentary food and beverage “cart” circulating on the lake during the tournament hours serving hot drinks and hot dogs. Following the fishing, chili and hot drinks will be served at the Training Center in conjunction with the Awards Presentation. Please feel free to bring your own snacks.
Tagged Fish Contest
The lake will contain several tagged fish associated with cash prizes up to $600. If you catch a tagged fish, notify one of the course Marshals immediately to properly record the event. Failure to do so will invalidate your claim.
“The One That Got Away”
To make things interesting, fishermen may purchase a “mulligan” – The One That Got Away – for each hole fished. For $10, a record card will be stamped with a “12-inch trout” to compensate for a fish that stole your bait, got off, broke off or got back into the hole before measure. Only one “mulligan” per hole. Must be purchased prior to the start of tournament fishing.