Rooster Tail Members in good standing may enter the Club’s Annual Jackpot Fishing Contest by paying an entry fee of $10.00 to the Contest Chairman or Club Treasurer. The payment must be made 2 weeks in advance of your entry and any time between the starting and ending contest dates. No fish-entry will be accepted without a two-week prior entry fee payment. The contest runs from January 1 through November 30 and only fish caught within this term qualify for the contest. Contest cash prizes and recognition certificates will be awarded at the Rooster Tails Annual Member’s Banquet in January of the following year. Contest entrants that do not have a winning Jackpot Contest fish will have a chance (blind bogey) to win a proportionate cash prize based on a random drawing at the banquet. Potential blind bogey winners must be present at the banquet to receive their prize.
Only the following fish species legally caught as defined by DF&W regulations in California inland waters or the ocean waters immediately adjoining the California coast or Delta qualify for an entry as listed on the Jackpot board:
- Landlocked Salmon
- River or Ocean King Salmon
- Striped Bass
- Rainbow Trout
- Brown Trout
- Lake Trout (Mackinaw)
- Large Mouth Bass
- Small Mouth Bass
Only the total length of the fish measured on a straight-line from the tip of the nose to the end of the longest lobe of the tail (except Sturgeon to be measured from the nose to the ‘V’ in the fork of the tail) is to be documented on a contest entry form. Ties for the same length fish species will split that share of the total cash for that species. Fish weight is only for informational purposes and no bearing on entry parameters. Contest entrants are encouraged to release all fish not intended to be kept for table-fare. Catch and release entries are to be confirmed with a photo and witnessed by a current member of the Rooster Tails Fishing Club. All final determination of Jackpot contest winners and the resolution of any conflicts is at the discretion of the Rooster Tail’s Board of Directors.
The catch entry form along with a photo must be submitted to the Contest Chairman by hand, mail, or email within 30 days of the catch-date. Entry forms are available from the club web site under the club events tab and clicking on Jackpot contest. Verbal entry information will not qualify as an official Jackpot entry. The leading entries will be posted on the Jackpot Contest Board displayed at every third Friday breakfast meeting.
Click HERE to download and print the Jackpot Contest Entry Form & rules.