tournament rules

Kids Fishing Tournament Rules

  1. $25 Registration is required prior to the event for all participants. Each registration includes all-day pass to the Spring Harvest Festival.
  2. Teams consist of (1) adult and up to (2) children (each child must be registered individually).
    • Check-in is 7:00am – 8:30am.
    • Voluntary “Fishing for Beginners” instruction 8:30-9:00am
    • Tournament begins 7:15am and ends 12:30pm.
    • The sounding of the mill horn will start and finish the tournament.
    • Winners will be awarded at 1:30pm.
  1. Adult supervision is required for all age groups.
  2. All fishing rules of the Arizona Game and Fish Department will apply.
  3. The tournament is BARBLESS HOOKS w/ CATCH & RELEASE ONLY.
  4. Contestants are responsible for providing all necessary supplies to fish in the tournament (fishing pole, fishing line, bait, hooks, etc.).
  5. Adults MAY help bait hooks, net fish, remove fish hooks, and untangle lines, but MAY NOT cast and retrieve for the children.
  6. Only one pole in the water at a time (contestants can have back-ups ready).
  7. All anglers must fish from the grass shoreline. Do not get in the water. Waders or boats are not allowed. NO FISHING FROM BRIDGES
  8. Due to the number of participants and close quarters, only live and/or dead bait will be allowed. No casting of lures or artificial bait permitted.
  9. 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes and awards will be presented for Largest Game Fish in each age category. The largest fish will be determined by weight. Age Categories are as follows:
    • Ages: 4 – 7
    • Ages: 8 – 12
    • Ages: 13 – 17
  10. All participants and adult supervisors must show good sportsmanship at all times.
  11. Do not leave litter at the fishing site.
  12. If you catch a fish, bring it to a weigh-in station (at the tent or at the Grandfather Tree) for recording. 

Rules are subject to change. Official rules will be handed out at check-in.


is your whole family going?

Be sure to get tickets for your whole family to enjoy the Spring Harvest Festival at the Queen Creek Botanical Gardens!