2018 New Year- Bigger & Better

As I sit here at the end of January, the weather outside has been pretty nice lately in the mid to upper 30’s’s but I know it’s still winter and there is a northern on the horizon that will drive down temperatures and preserve much of the ice that still remains on many Iowa waters.  Right now I don’t mind, I’ve only been out a few times and I’ve got some more hard water trips I’d like to get in before we move toward spring.


Along with the beginning of each year is the announcement of all of MGF tournament dates and special events. This year finds MGF running our Boater Only  Bass Circuit, our D2D Catfishing Circuit, our annual Kid’s Bass Fishing event, our MidSummer Classic and of course our end of the year wrap up with the Hutton Labor Day Catfishing Event and Fish Fry.


Our Last Cast Plus 1 Boater Only bass series kicks our year off on April 8th at Little River.  This year heading into the season assuming all contestants return we are full with 30 teams and a waiting list.  If our returning members aren’t paid by February 24, I will open up spots starting with the waiting list and taking open entries.  The year will finish with a 10 team championship tournament in September.


Next will be our D2D Team Catfishing Series which startes out on a state favorite Lake Red Rock in mid April.  While everyone knows how well this lake fishes in the summer and fall, the spring action is just as good, only it take place in 2 feet of water!  This year we’re excited to be getting sponsorship from Whisker Seeker Tackle for all our events including championship cash money to the team who accumulates the most points though 4 or our 6 events (two overnight events).  Loyalty programs including a guided destination trip, custom rods, traveling championship trophy, two destination lake tournaments and an end of the season banquet position this circuit to be a top choice for Iowa’s catfish anglers.


Next is our favorite event of the season where we invite volunteers to join us to give back and take some very special friends of ours fishing at Lake Anita on June 3rd.  The MGF Summer Classic is truley a life enriching event that can only be experienced by attending.  It’s a half day event culminating in a luncheon and awards ceremony for some special friends who will leave you feeling you’ve made a difference in someone’s life if not but for a day.  Do Not Miss This Event!  More to follow.


Our Kid’s Bass Tournament this summer will take place on Lake Rathbun on June 17.  A Father’s Day annual event this is a chance for anglers to spend some time sharing our love for the outdoors and specifically fishing.  Each year this event has grown and I’m sure will be a great family trip with a lunch serve and awards ceremony following with handouts for every kid that shows up.


Last but not least, we will once again host the MGF Hutton Labor Day Catfishing Event.  An end of the summer celebration with one last overnight fishing/weighin event culminating with a Sunday evening family fish fry in Winterset, IA.  Less of a tournament, and more of a celebration of the end of Summer this event is heading into it’s 18 year and never dissapoints.

Finally we will once again be at the Fisherman’s Swap Meet in Des Moines February 24th & 25th so stop by and say hello and pick up some entries.  


That’s it for now.  I’m very excited about the upcoming season and I hope you’ll consider joining us for one or all of our 2018 events.

Rob Welch -  Midwest Game Fish

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