The 2020 Monona Big Bass Bash (Fathers Day Showdown) is back ON! We had to cancel our original May 9 date out of the East Side Club due to the WI Safer-At-Home restrictions but this one should be even better! This event usually draws 50+ boats but as the only tourney in town this weekend, we are hoping to smash that as Monona should be setting up for a postspawn poundfest.

Being that it is Fathers Day, we are HIGHLY encouraging any father/child pairings (or grandfather/grandchild) teams to sign up as any family teams will be entered into a special raffle to win a FREE ENTRY into the 2021 Bash!


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Tournament Format

Each hour of the eight-hour tournament will be separated by a weigh-in with ONE check written per hour to the boat that brings in the biggest largemouth or smallmouth bass! 


If an angler or his partner catches a legal (>17") largemouth and/or smallmouth bass the TEAM is able to return to the tournament headquarters to weigh-in said fish.  Tournament committee members will weigh and release the fish.  Anglers can then return to the water to attempt catching another legal fish.  Fish weighed-in by a team during an hourly session can be upgraded at the scales within the same hour of fishing if they would like.  A team can return to the weigh-in site at any time to weigh a fish, but teams are not required to return to headquarters after each hourly session has concluded.  No more than one fish per angler may be in the livewell at any time.  However, culling is permitted.  Teams do not have to consist of two anglers.  An angler can fish alone.  A legal fish is allowed to be caught during one hour's session and weighed in during another hour’s session, but that fish can’t be weighed in more than once.


Teams are allowed to call the tournament director at the weigh-in and ask what the current weight standing is prior to weighing in their fish.  The tournament director’s number will be provided prior to take-off.


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13% of the total pot will be awarded to the team that catches the heaviest bass of the tournament!

9% of the total pot will be awarded for the heaviest largemouth OR smallmouth bass brought in during each hourly session


Prizes for each hourly session and the grand prize winner will be awarded after the tournament has concluded.  A team can win multiple sessions throughout the day. 



*Prize money is based on a full field of 73 entries


9% Session #1:   $1046

9% Session #2:   $1046

9% Session #3:   $1046

9% Session #4:   $1046

9% Session #5:   $1046

9% Session #6:   $1046

9% Session #7:   $1046

9% Session #8:   $1046



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Entry & Take Off

$160 entry fee with 85% payback




Olbrich Park

Madison, WI


Registration will begin at 4:30 am

Pre-tournament meeting will begin at 5:30 am

Teams must be present at the mandatory pre-tournament meeting or face team disqualification

Entries limited to the first 73 boats


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