Bishop’s Charity Fishing Tournament’s format honors current reality

The Catholic Community Foundation for Eastern South Dakota has found a way to keep its annual Bishop’s Charity Fishing Tournament alive and kicking by going virtual.

All proceeds from the event will still benefit seminarian education. However, there will be no silent auction or raffle this year, only the fishing tournament fees and donations. With those events missing, generous donations will be needed to keep up the usual support the Foundation has provided through this event in the past.

Here’s how the tournament will work:

  • Individuals and families are invited to fish, keeping in mind that you should fish only with others you have been “isolating” with already.
  • Fishing will begin May 30 and run through June 8. You can fish as often as you like during those dates on your own time.
  • You can fish on any public body of water (no private stocked locations).
  • Suggested registration fee is $50 per person. Kids under 18 fish free.
  • Register online at ccfesd.org where you will find more specific details regarding how this will work.
  • Once participants register, you will be given access to the fishing app Hook’d which will allow you to catch your fish and use the app to measure.
  • Daily prizes will be awarded for various fishing challenges. These will be announced on the app.
  • Catches submitted through the app will be reviewed and judged by our local committee members.
  • This is a walleye and bass competition. However, there will be awards for the largest “other” fish and other new options.
  • Participants will see a live leader board on the app and will be able to monitor their rank throughout the tournament.
  • Tournament winners will be announced following the close of the tournament on June 8. More details will be provided.

No one who wants to participate will be turned away due to the suggested fee. Everyone is welcome to get out, join the fun, and help our seminarians with their education.