Wednesday, February 8th, 2023
Wednesday, February 8th, 2023

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After incidents of catfish waste, an annual catfish celebration

The Cats Incredible catfish tournament draws more than 100 boats to the Red River in and around Grand Forks, N.D., and East Grand Forks, Minn. (catsincredible.com photo)

It’s a celebration of this area’s marquee fish.

But in the days leading up to this weekend’s Cats Incredible catfish tournament on the Red River, in and around the Grand Cities of Grand Forks, N.D., and East Grand Forks, Minn., several incidents have angered catfish anglers and lovers of this favorite local fish.

According to reports, in the last week, there have been three incidents of wanton waste of catfish off the Red River in the two neighboring cities.

Several catfish reportedly were found discarded at LaFave Park landing in East Grand Forks and Whopper John Little (north) boat landing in Grand Forks. LaFave Park is the headquarters for Cats Incredible.

And, most recently, discarded catfish reportedly were discovered at the Eagle Point boat landing in East Grand Forks.

Local game wardens and conservation officers from North Dakota and Minnesota are said to be investigating and also asking for the publics help in catching those involved (call North Dakota’s Report All Poachers hotline at 800-472-2121, Minnesota’s Turn in Poachers hotline at 800 652-9093 or #TIP on cellphones).

Despite those incidents, Cats Incredible – in its 30th year – should bring a celebratory atmosphere regarding all things catfish. The tournament features a field of 125 two-person teams, with $5,000 going to the first-place team. Fishing runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. both Saturday, July 29 and Sunday, July 30, with other “Catfish Days” festivities scheduled throughout the weekend.

For tickets and more information, go to www.catsincredibletournament.com.

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