DNR To Accept 2013 Fishing Tourney Apps

Fishing tournament organizers can begin applying to the state Department of Natural Resources next month for their 2013 permits.

Organizers need permits if their contests involve 20 or more boats or 100 or more anglers; target any trout species on trout streams; use a catch-hold-release format with an off-site weigh-in; will have fewer than 20 boats but anglers will cull bass; or offer $10,000 or more in prizes.

The DNR will begin accepting applications starting on April 1. Agency officials say organizers who submit their applications before June 30 will have the best chance of securing the dates and water they want. Fees will vary depending on the type of tournament and prizes.