3/4 - Tanners (7:30am - 4pm)
3/18 - Leavenworth (7:30am - 4pm)
4/1 Turtle Creek (9am - 4pm)
4/15 Geist (7:30am - 5:30pm) Point 1
4/29 New Albany (7:30am - 5:30pm) Point 2
5/20 Angel Mounds (7:30am - 5:30pm) Point 3
6/4 Patoka Flathead Bash (7:30pm - 7:30am)
6/11 Freeman (7:30pm - 7:30am) Point 4
7/22 Patoka (7:30pm-7:30am) Point 5
8/5 Leavenworth (7:30pm-7:30am) Point 6
9/23 Grandview (7:30am-5:30pm) Point 7
9/30 Salamonie (7:30am-5:330pm) Point 8
10/1 Classic 7:30am
**Must fish 7-9 point tournaments to be eligible for the class
The ICA is a 501(c)(7) not for profit organization. A 501(c)(7) is a nonprofit Social and Recreational club. All proceeds are used strictly for the Indiana Catfish Association, no one is profiting, all ICA officers are volunteers. This means that 100% of any monies collected by the ICA goes to the running of the club and/or back out to our members in the form of prizes, awards, etc. This sets us apart from most other clubs. We are an amateur fishing club organized for the purpose of socializing, recreating and the pleasure of catfishing. The ICA is a civic, fraternal and charitable organization. It was founded in 1999 to be an organization with goals for better fishery management, setting daily bag and size limits, stocking programs, catch and release research, education and to provide its members with an opportunity to fish with Indiana's finest catfish anglers. The ICA conducts three separate programs.
To unite Indiana's catfishing people: By forming this Association and keeping it operational, we continue to unite. We continually try to boost membership and help the ICA grow. This will allow us to affect changes in state laws, and in the public's perception of cat fisherman as well as the fishing industry as a whole. To promote and to protect Indiana's catfish populations and waters: The ICA holds tournaments on different bodies of water across our state every year. We compete on both rivers and reservoirs. We try to change river launch sites and different reservoirs each year. This gives our membership the opportunity to fish places they may not ordinarily fish. To promote catch and release programs: One of the ICA's tournament rules is no dead fish allowed and all fish must be released after weigh in. This will ensure that the catfish population is not depleted by over harvest. The hope is that our anglers will realize that mature fish are worth more in reproductive value than as table fare. Most of our members now practice catch and release even when not fishing tournaments. To collect research for stocking programs, size limits and daily bag limits: The Indiana DNR requires all tournaments on reservoirs to keep track of length and species of fish weighed in. The ICA also sends not only the information required, but also the information from our river tournaments. The DNR then uses this information for future rules and regulations and to see how a particular body of water has an increase/decrease of the species of fish. The ICA also obtained a stocking permit for flatheads on the Saint Joseph River. We are currently working with fishery biologists to see where else we may help. To follow all state fishing and boating laws: Again, this is one of our tournament rules. We encourage all members to not only practice the laws, but good common fishing courtesy as well. We must lead by example. The ICA also passes out Indiana boating law pamphlets to anyone interested. These will be available at our tournaments. We also encourage out members to take the IN Boat Safety Course (online). It is free. To compete and conduct ourselves with good sportsmanship: Once again, one of our tournament rules. Competition can bring about the best in anglers. It makes you want to learn more and do better each time. We all need to continue to both win and lose gracefully. How we treat others under different circumstances is a direct reflection on you personally and our association. To help teach all fishing people, as well as ourselves, how to catch more fish: We have a great bunch of fisherman at the ICA. Most anyone will help out new or struggling anglers with everything from advice to giving them bait or whatever may be needed. Please don't hesitate to ask. The ICA periodically has held catfish seminars free to our members. These are designed to teach new techniques on how to catch more catfish. We have had TN River guide and Cabela's Classic Champion Phil King come and speak on blue catfishing the big rivers using his drift technique. We have also held a seminar given by various members on different approaches to catching fish. This is something we will plan on in the near future as well.
The ICA organizes and conducts several catfish fishing tournaments during the year on both rivers and reservoirs. Anyone paying the yearly membership dues of $10.00 and the tournament entry fees ($80.00 per boat per tournament) may fish in as many catfish tournaments as they desire. We also will run "open" tournaments. You do not have to be a member to fish an "open" tournament, but will be required to pay the entry fee. This gives anyone a chance to come and win cash prizes and other sponsor given awards. We will weigh channel catfish, blue catfish and flathead catfish at our tournaments. ICA Tournament Point Series- The ICA runs a points system for members who fish. The ICA's point system is designed to recognized the most accomplished catfish angler(s) of the year. The angler(s) with the highest point totals receive awards or prizes at the conclusion of the tournament season. Points will be not awarded for "open" tournaments. ICA Classic Tournament- Any Indiana Catfish Association member in good standing who fishes 7 of the 9 ICA points tournaments in this calendar year, is eligible to fish the ICA Classic Tournament. There will be no entry fee for the ICA Classic. The potential payout is $2,000.00 with an optional big fish pot of $20 per team. Should the payout reach the $2,000.00 mark, the anticipated awards for the top spots are 1st = $750. 2nd = $500, 3rd = $250, 4th = $200, 5th = $175, & 6th = $125. No ICA Tournament Series points are awarded for this event.
Membership dues are $10.00 per calendar year and include husband, wife and children under age 16. Only members may compete in the Points Tournament Series. You will not be required to be a member to fish any "open" tournaments. Points tournament entry fees are $80.00 per boat per tournament.
It easy! You can send an email to email@example.com, message us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/IndianaCatfish, or bring your $10.00 to a tournament and join in person. You may request an information packet to be mailed to you. If you have any questions, you may call Jimmy at 812-606-2942.
We are committed to growing the sport of catfishing. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact any member of our leadership team. They will be glad to help you in any way they can.
There are many ways to help out our organization. You volunteer at our tournaments for various duties such as raffle, boat inspections, etc. You can contact the officers and let them know that you are interested in a committee position. With all of your help, we can continue to make the ICA a great organization that we can all be proud of! The Indiana Catfish Association is proud to support Cell Phones for Soldiers. This is a 501(c)(3) program to help our trpoops overseas stay connected with their loved ones. Donate your used cell phones today - proceeds will be used to purchase calling cards for U.S. Soldiers serving overseas. To a military family, a phone call home is priceless. Cell Phones for Soldiers addresses an everyday emotional need that everyone has experienced, the need to call home, to hear a familiar voice while far away. Please help our troops stay connected by donating your used cell phones today. Every phone makes a difference! Each phone donated equals about an hour of talk time for a soldier. It's both easy and free. Just print out the Pre Paid Label and follow the directions. Thanks for your support.
1. All participants must be ICA members. $10 yearly membership per person.
2. $80.00 Entry fee per boat, no refunds. Big fish pot of $10 is included in the $80 entry.
3. 1-3 person allowed per boat. If a 3-person team qualify in points only 2 plaques will be awarded.
4. 5 catfish limit, no dead catfish, no culling at ramp. All catfish released after weigh-in. Only channel, blue and flathead catfish will be weighed.
5. Minimum 16 inch length limit. A 5 pound penalty will be assessed for each short catfish brought to scale. No stringers allowed.
6. No rod limit allowed in boat for 2-3 men but only 6 in use at any time. For 1 man teams only 3 rods in use at any time UNLESS YOU ARE ON OHIO RIVER WITH A KY FISHING LICENSE, THEN YOU MAY USE 6 RODS. One man team is still restricted to one blue or flathead over 35 inches, one channel over 28 inches instead of two.
7. All catfish must be caught on rod and reel only. No catfish may be taken from trot, jug or limb-lines.
8. All Indiana state fishing and boating laws apply. Must show valid IN fishing license.
9. Life jackets must be worn at take off.
10. No trailering boats allowed. All entrants must launch from designated ramp. No shore fishing.
11. No trading or accepting catfish with from another entry, or with another person on shore or water.
12. Any legal commercial or natural bait is permitted. No chumming of any type allowed.
13. No anchoring or drifting within 50 yards of an anchored boat unless permission is given by the anchored boat.
14. No alcohol is permitted during event or weigh-in.
15. All boats must return to weigh in headquarters for safety reasons, whether fish are weighed or not.
16. Late to weigh in results in disqualification.
17. If your boat breaks down, please make an X with your arms to alert people you are broke down. If a boat does not stop, they will be disqualified. If you stop to help, you will not be disqualified, but the boat being towed in will, providing you are both late to weigh in.
18. Must not be on the water after noon before night tournaments and after midnight before day tournaments. May launch 3 hours prior to start but stay in sight of the ramp.
19. In the event of a tie, the team with the most fish will place higher. If still tied, the team with the largest fish will place higher.
20. No one may be allowed to compete who has been proved to have cheated or who has exhibited improper conduct at any previous tournament.
21. Courtesy and sportsmanship will be expected and practiced by all event participants.
22. ICA, Indiana DNR, and event workers are not responsible for accident or injury. A waiver must be signed.
23. All protest must be made in writing before wight in. Disputes will be settled by event director and tournament committee.
24. ICA annual awards such as Big Fish of the year and Big Fish of each species is only available for members who are classic eligible. Open tournaments count towards annual awards but again only for classic eligible members.
25. Tournament hours may be extended/delayed due to weather (i.e., fog, storms, safety, etc.).
26. 2015 Ohio River Kentucky Regulations, the slot limit is as follows, only 1 Flathead over 35 inches, only 1 Blue cat over 35 inches and only 1 channel cat over 28 inches, is allowed to be brought to the ramp per person. Boat limit is 2 over per species even if you have 3 persons team.
27. ALL ICA tournaments will be draw for start with 20 seconds between each call and last place calling out launch.
28. Violation of any of these rules are grounds for disqualification and/ or expulsion from the ICA. Disqualification equals 1 point only.
ICA Tournament Payouts:
(Based on $80.00 entry)
The ICA organizes and conducts several catfish fishing tournaments during the year on both rivers and reservoirs. Anyone paying the yearly membership due of $10.00, and the tournament entry fees ($80.00 per boat per tournament) may fish in as many catfish tournaments as they desire. We also will run "open" tournaments. You do not have to be a member to fish an "open" tournament but will be required to pay the entry fee. This gives anyone a chance to come and win cash prizes and other sponsor given awards. We will weigh channel catfish, blue catfish, and flathead catfish at our tournaments.
ICA Tournament Point Series:
The ICA runs a points system for members who choose to fish it. The ICA's point system is designed to recognize the most accomplished catfish angler(s) of the year. The angler(s) with the highest point totals receive awards or prizes at the conclusion of the tournament season. Points will not be awarded for "open" tournaments. You are allowed 3 subs per team; the substitute cannot be a member. You can fish with another member, but it will not count as a sub for the partner missing.
ICA Classic Tournament:
Any Indiana Catfish Association member in good standing who fishes 7 of 9 ICA points tournaments in the calendar year, will be eligible to fish the ICA Classic Tournament. There will be no entry fee for the ICA Classic. The potential payout is $2,000.00 with an optional big fish pot of $20.00 per team. Should the payout reach the $2,000.00 mark, the anticipated awards for the top spots are: 1st = $750.00, 2nd = $500.00, 3rd = $250.00, 4th = $200.00, 5th = $175.00, & 6th = $125.00. No ICA Tournament Series Points are awarded for this event.
This document herein contains the Indiana Catfish Association's Constitution and Bylaws. It will outline the duties and responsibilities of all elected officials of the ICA and when and how the election should be ran. It also contains information on the ICA objectives, purpose and member rights.
1. This organization shall be known as the Indiana Catfish Association or ICA for short.
2. The ICA is an amateur fishing club organized for the purpose of socializing, recreation and the pleasure of catfishing.
3. The ICA is a civic, fraternal and charitable organization and will strive to be a 501(c)(7) non-profit organization.
4. The ICA shall not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, color or religion.
5. Membership shall be limited to those that wish to further the objectives of the ICA.
6. The ICA shall hold at least eight events or social activities per calendar year for the purpose of personal contact, commingling and fellowship.
7. The ICA shall operate its website and maintain ownership of the www.indianacatfish.org domain.
1. To unite Indiana's catfishing people. By forming this Association and keeping it operational, we continue to unite. We continually try to boost membership and help the ICA grow. This will allow us to affect changes in state laws, and in the public's perception of cat fisherman as well as the fishing industry as a whole.
2. To promote and to protect Indiana's catfish populations and waters.
3. To promote catch and release programs. One of the ICA's tournament rules is "no dead fish allowed" and all fish must be released after weigh in. This will ensure that the catfish population is not depleted by over harvest. The hope is that our anglers will realize that mature fish are worth more in reproductive value than as table fare. Most of our members now practice catch and release even when not fishing tournaments.
4. To collect research for stocking programs, size limits and daily bag limits.
5. To follow all state fishing and boating law. Again, this is one of our tournament rules. We encourage all members to not only practice the laws, but good common fishing courtesy as well. We must lead by example. We encourage our members to take the IN Boat Safety Course (online). It is free.
6. To compete and conduct ourselves with good sportsmanship. Once again, one of our tournament rules. Competition can bring about the best in anglers. It makes you want to learn more and do better each time. We all need to continue both win and lose gracefully. How we treat others under different circumstances is a direct reflection on you personally and our association.
7. To help teach all fishing people, as well as ourselves, how to catch more fish. We have a great bunch of fisherman at the ICA. Most anyone will help out new or struggling anglers with everything from advice to giving them bait or whatever may be needed. Please don't hesitate to ask. The ICA periodically has held catfish seminars free to our members. These are designed to teach new techniques on how to catch more catfish.
1. To vote for elected officials and call a re-vote.
2. To run for office
3. To participate in any or all ICA functions
4. To help promote the ICA
5. To propose and changes
6. To request to view any or all ICA paperwork at any reasonable time
7. To call into question the start time of any even where an unsafe condition may be present.
8. To have the right to appeal sanctions from tournaments. Member has one week to report and appeal sanctions to an ICA officer. Officers have 30 days to conclude investigation and make final decision. Member may NOT compete until final decision is made.
1. The ICA shall be supported by its membership with fees, dues and club activities.
2. Membership dues are $10.00 per calendar year.
3. Dues must be paid before participating in any vote or event.
4. Dues may be raised or lowered by a 2/3 majority vote.
1. An election should be held every two years to encompass all offices of the ICA.
2. The election should take place at the annual business meeting.
3. Provisions shall be made to fully inform members of nominations and voting procedures to include write in ballots and absentee ballots so that every member has the opportunity to vote.
4. All write in ballots must be received by the start of the meeting.
5. Majority vote determines outcome.
6. A determination of winners must be declared before meeting is adjourned.
7. New officers will take effect on Jan. 1st of the following year.
8. Every effort will be made by the outgoing officers to aid and help familiarize the new officers to their positions. To include all paperwork and contacts for anyone wanting or needing information on the ICA.
9. Any member may request a recount immediately following the first count only.
10. All officers shall make themselves available as contacts for anyone wanting or needing information on the ICA.
11. Any officer may be voted out of office at either of our two meetings if that officer is proven to be derelict in their duty or if offenses of misconduct occur.
12. Officers shall hold office for a term of two years or until their successors are elected.
13. Elected officials include President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Chairman of the Tournament and Rules Committee and Chairman of the Fundraising Committee.
1. To arrange, call to order, read the agenda, call members to vote and adjourn all meetings of which there will be two each year.
2. To expedite all ICA business in every way compatible with the rights of our members.
3. To authenticate by signing any necessary paperwork, including but not limited to, all financial reports and government paperwork necessary for the proper running of the ICA.
4. To ensure a safe and fair operation of all ICA events to include the obtaining of all insurance and related paperwork.
5. To coordinate the purchase of all awards, prizes, and related articles.
6. To oversee the check in and weigh in process at all ICA events.
7. To pass along all information necessary for other officers to perform their duties.
8. To conduct themselves with the highest of decorum in all matters relating to the ICA.
9. To ensure that safe conditions exist before beginning any event.
10. To appoint other committees as the need arises.
1. To take over the responsibilities of the president when the president is absent or unavailable.
2. To aid the president when requested in presidential duties.
3. To help conduct the check in and weigh in process at all ICA events.
1. To take the necessary notes at all ICA functions and disseminate all information to our members by the way of a newsletter.
2. To operate and maintain the ICA website.
3. To gather and keep all paperwork related to events, finance reports, membership and all other related matters of the ICA.
4. To aid officers at check in and weigh in by keeping all paperwork and related material.
5. To gather information to prepare the agenda for all meetings and events.
6. To ensure all officers have the necessary paperwork outlining their positions.
7. To receive form the treasurer a quarterly financial report to put in our newsletter to keep our members informed.
8. To have on hand at every event all relevant paperwork pertaining to the ICA and must be made available to any and all members.
1. To keep all financial records and report them to the president and secretary quarterly.
2. To countersign all disbursement checks.
3. To make available any or all financial records requested by any ICA member.
4. To obtain and maintain any necessary financial accounts.
1. To oversee the proper running of all ICA events to include making sure all tournament rules are followed.
2. To make decisions concerning any questions that arise during the course of any event via committee vote with the president voting in case of a tie. Also known as the Tournament Director.
3. To determine if any rule changes may need to be made and present them to the president to bring to a vote.
4. To ensure that safe conditions exist before beginning any event to include individual boat safeness.
5. To determine schedule for all events ensuring that 3 will be on Ohio River, 3 will be on small rivers and 3 will be on lakes. Also, to have said schedule turned in to the secretary by Dec. 1st.
6. To appoint any or all committeemen if necessary.
A) - Tournament & Rules Committeemen (Max = 4)
1. To aid the chairmen in his or her duties.
1. To coordinate and implement programs to help the ICA raise funds for operating capitol.
2. To submit such programs to the president for approval.
3. To appoint any or all committeemen if necessary.
A) - Fund Raising Committeemen (Max = 2)
1. To aid the chairman in his or her duties.
1. The ICA constitution may only be amended by a 2/3 majority vote.
2. The ICA tournament rules may only be amended by a majority vote.
3. Any amendments must be voted on at an ICA meeting.
4. Any or all parts of this constitution may at any time be considered null and void if found to be in conflict with existing or future state or federal law.
1. In the event of the ICA (by a 2/3/ majority) votes to dissolve. All assets shall be sold and the funds shall be split equally among all current members.
2. Proper notice, in writing, shall be given to all members.
The President can be reached for tournament and membership questions as well as rule or club questions.
He can be reached at 812-606-2942
Jeffery has been fishing with the club for a while now. We believe he is going to bring the club to a new level.
He can be reached at 812-325-9567.
Corey has been with the ICA for 7 years and is very knowledgeable.
Tournament rules and guideline questions may be directed to him at all fishing tournaments or in advance through the contact form or you can contact him by phone or txt at: 765-721-4124.
Mary Jane is currently serving as the ICA's Secretary and Treasurer.
When she is not maintaining her many club responsibilities, she tries to get some fishing in. Don't let that fool you, she will have fish!
She can be reached through the contact form.
A) Yes, the ICA is a 501(c)(7) not for profit Social and Recreational Club.
A) The money that the ICA takes in goes to the running of the club. It includes everything from awards to supplies, DNR fees, insurance, printing, postage, advertising, etc. No one makes a profit. ALL officers are volunteers.
A) An ICA membership cost $10.00 per calendar year (Jan 1- Dec 31) and includes husband, wife and children under age 16.
A) The total cost to fish your first ICA points tournament would be $10.00 membership dues each + $80.00 entry fee per boat. Membership dues are only paid once per calendar year. The $80.00 entry fee is due at every tournament you plan to compete in. Open tournaments only cost the $80.00 entry fee (no membership fee) except for the Turtle Creek open. It is only a $10 entry fee.
A) The Big Fish Pot is included in the $80.00 tournament entry fee.
A) The ICA believes that if you want to be a points champion, you have to be proficient in fishing both rivers and reservoirs. For those not striving to be a points champion, learning to fish both rivers and reservoirs is a great skill building exercise on the road to becoming a better angler.
A) No. Every tournament participant must fish from a boat.
A) The ICA allows 1-3 people per boat. Everyone must be ICA members or covered by your membership. (Spouse or children under 16).
A) You may fish with your kids, provided that they are members or covered under your membership (under age 16). You are still limited to 3 people per boat per the ICA rules unless special arrangements are made in writing with the ICA Tournament Director.
For events like the Turtle Creek Tournament where special rules are in place, you may fish with as many children as you wish to bring, but you must follow the rod limits listed in the main ICA rules. In accordance with state law the capacity limits on your boat must also be followed.
A) All members may fish with 1-3 people in their boat. While it is allowed within the club rules to fish alone, the ICA recommends that you fish with a partner for personal and boating safety reasons.
A) ICA rules allow for the use of 6 rods and reels for 2-3 people in a boat. Only 3 rods and reels if fishing alone. 1 extra combo is allowed per boat as a backup.
So if you are fishing alone you can have 4 rods and reels in the boat but only 3 may be used at once.
If you are fishing with 2-3 people you can have 7 rods and reels in the boat but only 6 may be used at once.
A) Culling is a term used for throwing fish back that you do not plan on weighing in. So, you may not throw fish back at the ramp area.
All culling should be done before you get back for weigh in. This means that you can only bring 5 fish back to the ramp to weigh in. You cannot have any more than that on your boat or you will be disqualified.
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