Friday - January 18, 2019

Friday Night Gathering & Games

Meet local fishermen familiar with Hebgen Lake along with nationally ranked ice fishermen. A Social Hour and informal introductory information for people new to ice fishing—and networking with experienced friends who love to ice fish--starts at 5 pm at West Yellowstone Holiday Inn Conference Center (315 Yellowstone Avenue). From there, people go in groups with a pro-fisherman to another local restaurant/tavern to “talk ice fishing” over dinner, where “Ice Fishermen Specials” will be available for purchase. These group discussions, which are open to the public, are geared toward introducing and educating fishers to the world of tournament ice fishing.

5:00-6:30 Games for Big Kids
Socializing-no-host bar and Big Sky Brewing tastings

6:30-8:00 “Talk Ice Fishing” over dinner around town

Saturday - January 19, 2019

Pre-fishing and Ice Fishing Equipment Demonstrations

Starting around 8:00 am, tournament participants, including Ice Fishing Pro-Staff, will be be pre-fishing Hebgen Lake all morning, heading out on the ice from the Kirkwood Marina. Come out to talk with them about ice fishing and the newest equipment and techniques for catching trout through the ice.  Some of the product representatives will have equipment available for purchase.

Saturday Kids Ice Camp

The Kids Ice Camp will start with classroom instruction and demonstration at the Holiday Inn Conference Center at 10:00 am and then lunch and on-ice fishing experience at Kirkwood Resort & Marina on Hebgen Lake starting at 11:30 until 1:30. The classroom instruction and demonstration will cover ice fishing equipment, techniques, safety, conservation & environmental stewardship. At the Kirkwood Marina everyone heads out onto the ice for demonstrations delivered by experienced, certified NAIFC Pro-Staff instructors.

A free hot lunch will be served from 12:30-1:30 to all kids who participate in the camp. Before leaving, all kids who participate also will receive a complimentary ice rod.

Make sure to dress warmly including waterproof footwear for this outside event. Parents must accompany their kids during this event. It is an outdoor event, so please dress for the weather.

Saturday Night Mandatory Rules Meeting

Registration for the Tournament runs from 4:30-6:45 pm at the Holiday Inn in West Yellowstone, where the Social Hour begins at 5:00 pm, including a complimentary dinner for all registered team members, with cash bar and Montana spirit tastings available.

At 6:00 pm, there will be a Presentation by nationally-ranked ice fishermen geared toward educating fishers to the world of tournament ice fishing and the newest products in the industry.

The Rules Meeting, which is mandatory for at least one member of each team, starts at 7 pm. At the Rules Meeting, the exact starting time for the contest the following morning will be announced.

Don't miss the Annual Calcutta Fundraiser where you buy your favorite teams-and split the prize pot if they win! The other half of the Calcutta money pool goes to a West Yellowstone non-profit.

Sunday - January 20, 2019

Sunday Morning NAIFC Tournament

The contest starts shortly after daylight with the exact starting time announced at the mandatory Rules Meeting the night before. Teams go out on the ice on Hebgen Lake from Kirkwood Resort & Marina in the order of their registration. Fishing continues until 1:05 pm, when all teams must be off the ice for the Weigh-in.

Please be aware that there is private property along the lake’s edge, especially to the immediate west of Kirkwood Marina. No access to the lake for the tournament or for pre-fishing is allowed through private property. Also, please always show courtesy to those lakefront homeowners when fishing Hebgen Lake.

Sunday Indoor Weigh-In and Awards

Weigh-in starts at 3:00 pm at the Holiday Inn Conference Center in West Yellowstone. Tournament and Calcutta winners are announced and awarded their cash prizes immediately following the weigh-in. Cash bar and food will be available for purchase.

Other activities

Kids'N'Snow Weekend

Bring the family! There are other great activities planned for this weekend for kids and families. Check out Kids'N'Snow at

Snowmobile Rentals & Yellowstone Park Over-Snow Tours

Come a day early or stay a day later and enjoy other winter activities, offered by our Sponsors. You can rent a variety of snowmobiles (including gas and all gear). Full day snowmobile and snowcoach tours leave from West Yellowstone and travel over the snow into Yellowstone's wintry wonderland of steaming geysers and amazing wildlife.