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Fishing tournament permit application process

Please remember: Tournament applications must be submitted at least 30 days in advance of your event.

You can now apply for your fishing tournaments electronically:

  1. View a calendar with all scheduled Wisconsin tournaments and
  2. Submit your application for a tournament permit [exit DNR]

How do I apply for a permit?

Two options are available for applying for a fishing tournament permit:

  1. Submit an application on-line (this may speed the review of applications)
    • NEW! Create your own user account at MyTournaments Now you can store your contact information, DNR customer ID number, and tournament permit history in MyTournaments. Use MyTournaments to populate new applications with your information so you don’t have to re-type it every time you apply. Log in any time to check the status of all your applications, see if you have paid your application fee, and edit your account information and password. If you prefer not to create a user account you may still apply online without one.
    • You can now pay your fee electronically! Be sure to have your checking account and bank routing numbers on hand before you apply.
    • then follow the instructions provided in the online form; or
  2. Print a blank tournament application (exit DNR)  and complete by hand
    • Fill out all fields including either your DNR customer ID or a social security number before mailing (see the license requirements for an explanation of why either a social security number or a DNR customer ID is needed). Hard copies of tournament applications should be mailed along with the application fee (payable to "Wisconsin DNR") to: Fishing Tournament Applications - FH/4, Wisconsin DNR, PO Box 7921, Madison WI 53707-7921

How do I pay my application fee?

Pay Application Fee Online with ePay
You will need the 5-digit tournament ID number for your event. This number is located in the top right corner of your printed application. Enter the letter ‘T’ followed by the tournament ID number (example T12345) in the Invoice No. field on the ePay webpage, then follow the instructions.

Missing a past fishing tournament results report?

You cannot submit a new tournament application until you have completed and returned the results report from your previously held tournament(s).

If you are trying to apply online but receive an error message informing you that you are missing a report you need to print the report, complete it, and

  • mail it to the address listed above, or
  • send a scanned copy to Joe Bevington at or fax a copy with a cover sheet to 608-266-2244.

In the report be sure to include the number or people and boats who participated, total prize value awarded for fishing, tournament dates with fishing start and stop times, and a catch summary of fish registered, kept and released by species.

Tournament types and application fee structure

Type of tournament Prize Value Tournament Fee
Immediate release Any $25
Great Lakes salmon or trout Any $25
Rough fish Any $25
Any < $1001 $25
"Catch-hold-release" or "catch and kill" $1001-$10,000 $50
"Catch-hold-release" or "catch and kill" > $10,001 $200
50% participants < 18 years old or disabled Any Free

When should I submit an application for a fishing tournament?

We must receive your completed application at least 30 days prior to the start date of your tournament. As of June 2014 the “open period” process has been changed to a simpler first-come first-served process. Applicants may apply starting on January 1st of the preceding year for traditional tournaments and April 1st of the preceding year for non-traditional (everybody else) tournaments.

Traditional tournaments:

A traditional tournament is one that was issued permits 4 out of 5 years from 2004 to 2008 for the same water and time period. A traditional tournament shall continue to be conducted at least 4 out of 5 years for the same water or waters and time period to remain a traditional tournament.

What happens next?

  • once the application is received, A fisheries biologist will review it;
  • if approved, the biologist will mail you a signed permit with conditions for the tournament and a blank results form;
  • the results form must be filled out and returned to the address above within 30 days after the tournament is held.

Contact information

If you have general questions about fishing tournaments, please contact Joe Bevington