Bishop's Charity Fishing Tournament

JOIN US FOR THE 29TH ANNUAL

Bishop's Fishing Tournaments

Get ready to cast your lines and enjoy a day on the water! 

Established in 1996, the annual Bishop’s Fishing Tournaments are held in two locations – on Big Stone Lake in Big Stone City and on the Missouri River near Pierre. These family-friendly events include a bass and walleye tournament, Mass celebrated by Bishop Donald DeGrood, games and activities, a silent auction, raffles and an outdoor prime rib dinner. All proceeds benefit seminarian education and formation in the Diocese of Sioux Falls.

Don’t miss out on this chance to be part of an unforgettable experience. Mark your calendars, gather your gear and secure your spot today! 

Join us for one or both of these events!

Big Stone City

JUNE 3, 2024

Douthitt Park

7:00 AM
Check-in Begins
7:15 AM
Boat launch opens
8:00 AM
Welcome, rules, blessing and tournament begins
2:30 PM
Weigh-in
3:30 PM
Mass celebrated by Bishop Donald DeGrood
4:15 PM
Social
5:00 PM
Outdoor prime rib dinner and award program
  1. This is an “honor system” tournament.
  2. The object of the tournament is to have an enjoyable day on the lake, spend time with diocesan seminarians, priests and our bishop. Relax and enjoy the day!
  3. Boats must be on the water by 7:45 a.m. There will be help available on the dock to assist you in and our of the water.
    1. Gather in the area near the dock in front of the park on the shore for the blessing and release.
    2. Disperse in an orderly fashion; this is not a race.
    3. You may fish anywhere on the lake, but must leave from and return to the registration park.
  4. This is a team tournament.
    1. Each team will weigh six fish of their choice – walleye or bass – plus possible “any other fish” and/or big walleye or bass. Only walleye or bass count towards your team team six-fish weight.
    2. This is a voluntary catch-and-release tournament. You are responsible for any fish you keep.
    3. Prizes will be awarded for:
      1. Total Team Weight – Walleye
      2. Total Team Weight – Bass
      3. Largest “Any Other” Fish – Individual
      4. Largest Walleye – Youth
      5. Largest Walleye – Adult
      6. Largest Bass – Youth
      7. Largest Bass – Adult
      8. Knights Challenge – Total Team Weight
  5. You must return your boat number or we will assume you are in trouble and will send boats to look for you, weather permitting. In case of severe weather, do the safe thing: go to shore or get off the water!
  6. You must follow the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks’ rules and regulations.
    1. Four fish per person with 15″ minimum size limit for walleye; one of the four fish may be 20 inches or longer. No minimum length for bass.
    2. All length decisions are final at the time of weighing by the Weight Master.
    3. Length will be determined on the ruler with the nose butted up against the end and the tail squeezed to reach maximum length.
    4. No culling allowed.
    5. We only weigh two fish 20 inches or longer per boat.
  7. Allow adequate travel time to the boat landing for weigh-in by 2:30 p.m. You will then trailer your boat and fish and go to the park for weigh in. After weighing in, you will be directed to the parking site for your boat.
  8. Fishermen are responsible for their fish after weigh-in. Fish cleaning station is adjacent to the weigh-in area.

Download the Rules

Pierre

JUNE 10, 2024

Oahe Downstream Recreational Area

6:30 AM 
Check-in Begins
7:30 AM
Welcome, rules, blessing and tournament begins
2:30 PM
Weigh-in
3:30 PM
Mass celebrated by Bishop Donald DeGrood
4:15 PM
Social
5:00 PM
Outdoor prime rib dinner and award progra
  1. This is an “honor system” tournament.
  2. The object of the tournament is to have an enjoyable day on the lake, spend time with diocesan seminarians, priests and our bishop. Relax and enjoy the day!
  3. Boats on trailers will gather in Oahe Downstream parking lot for rules and a blessing at 7:15 a.m. and release to launch sites at 7:30 a.m.
    1. Disperse in an orderly fashion; this is not a race.
    2. You may fish anywhere on Lake Sharpe or Lake Oahe, but must return to Oahe Downstream weigh-in area by 2:30 p.m.
  4. This is a team tournament.
    1. Each team will weigh six fish of their choice – walleye or bass – plus possible “any other fish” and/or big walleye or bass. Only walleye or bass count towards your team team six-fish weight.
    2. This is a voluntary catch-and-release tournament. You are responsible for any fish you keep.
    3. Prizes will be awarded for:
      1. Total Team Weight – Walleye
      2. Total Team Weight – Bass
      3. Largest “Any Other” Fish – Individual
      4. Largest Walleye – Youth
      5. Largest Walleye – Adult
      6. Largest Bass – Youth
      7. Largest Bass – Adult
      8. Knights Challenge – Total Team Weight
  5. You must return your boat number or we will assume you are in trouble and will send boats to look for you, weather permitting. In case of severe weather, do the safe thing: go to shore or get off the water!
  6. You must follow the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks’ rules and regulations.
    1. Four fish per person with 15″ minimum size limit for walleye; one of the four fish may be 20 inches or longer. No minimum length for bass.
    2. All length decisions are final at the time of weighing by the Weight Master.
    3. Length will be determined on the ruler with the nose butted up against the end and the tail squeezed to reach maximum length.
    4. No culling allowed.
    5. We only weigh two fish 20 inches or longer per boat.
  7. Allow adequate travel time to return to Oahe Downstream weigh-in are by 2:30 p.m. Fish will be weighed starting at 2:00 p.m. and must be at the weigh-in site by 2:30 p.m. After weighing in, you will be directed to the parking site for your boat.
  8. Fishermen are responsible for their fish after weigh-in. Fish cleaning station is adjacent to the weigh-in area.

Download the Rules

Download the registration form to complete and mail in with payment.
This form can be used for either event.

Entry Fees

Entry fee includes breakfast, lunch and outdoor prime rib dinner.

Student  |  $50
18 and under. Must be accompanied by adult.

Individual Fisherman  |  $100

Team | $400
Up to 4 people

Family Package Team  |  $300
Up to 4 family members

Knights Challenge Team  |  $450
Up to 4 people

Outdoor Prime Rib Dinner Tickets

Outdoor prime rib dinner tickets may be purchased separately for those not fishing in the tournament.

Individual  |  $30

Family Package  |  $100
Up to 4 family members

Individual Hot Dog Meal  |  $10

Raffle Tickets

Purchase a raffle ticket for your chance to win one of the several cash prizes offered in the $5,000 payout pot!

Single Ticket  |  $20

Ticket Book  |  $100
6 tickets per book

Prize Categories

Largest Walleye
Adult

Largest Bass
Adult

Largest Walleye
Adult

Largest Bass
Adult

Largest “Other” Fish

Team
Most Total Weight: Walleye
1st Place

Team
Most Total Weight: Walleye
2nd Place

Team
Most Total Weight: Walleye
3rd Place

Team
Most Total Weight: Bass
1st Place

Team
Most Total Weight: Bass
2nd Place

Team
Most Total Weight: Bass
3rd Place

Knights Challenge
Most Total Weight

Benefitting Seminarian Education

The Diocese of Sioux Falls currently has 13 young men discerning their call to the priesthood.

Your participation in these fishing tournaments helps fund the formation and education of these men, which on average costs $47,700 per seminarian each year. Help us reach our goal of funding 3-4 seminarians each year!

Hear from Vocations Director Fr. Michael Kapperman and Vocations Advocate Fr. Tony Klein on how seminarians are formed as they discern a call to the priesthood.

Thank you to our sponsors!

PRESENTING SPONSORS

BJ & BRANDEI
SCHAEFBEUER

HOLY SPIRIT PARISH
sIOUX fALLS

DIAMOND SPONSORS

SACRED HEART PARISH
ABERDEEN

ST. MARY PARISH
ABERDEEN

ST. MARY PARISH
CLEAR LAKE

SACRED HEART PARISH
WESTPORT

ST. NICHOLAS PARISH
TEA

ST. LAWRENCE PARISH
MILBANK