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2021 Mac Attack

Pup Lake Trout Contest


Official Derby Rules and Regulations

-This is a lake trout only derby.
-Only lake trout with a total length less than 25 inches are eligible.
-A team will consist of 2 members.
-Each member of a team can enter up to 12 lake trout less than 25 inches per day.
-Each team may enter up to 48 lake trout less than 25 inches for the derby with a maximum of 24 less than 25 inches each day.
Online registration only.  See below for details.

Prize categories:
-Team with the most weight of lake trout less than 25 inches:
-All lake trout (less than 25-inches) that are entered each day will be -placed in a bin and weighed for a team weight.  Team weights from both -days will be added together to determine “most weight”.  
-The tie breaker will be the first team to enter their catch on Sunday.
-Fish 25 inches or greater will be disqualified and not count towards the total weight.  Derby officials make the final determination.


Participation prize:
Winners (all places) of the most weight category are not eligible for the participation prize.
A team will be drawn from all eligible non-placing teams that check in one or more lake trout during the derby.
Buckboard Marina Tagged Lake Trout prize:
Only lake trout tagged with an orange or green Buckboard Pupulation Control Contest Floy tag (Figure 1) are eligible.  Sponsored by the owners of Buckboard Marina.
Buckboard Pupulation Control Contest is running concurrent with the Mac Attack.  To be eligible for the Pupulation Control Contest prizes anglers must be registered for that contest.  You can register at under the Events tab.

Team with the most weight of lake trout less than 25 inches from both days:
1st place – 40% entry fees
2nd place – 20% entry fees
3rd place – 15% entry fees
4th place – 10% entry fees
5th place – 5 % entry fees
Participation prize:
1st place – 10% entry fees


Tagged Lake Trout:
Buckboard Marina will pay $250 for each tagged lake trout (green or orange) caught and entered by participants who are registered for the Mac Attack.


Winners:  Flaming Gorge Chamber of Commerce will post winners on their website - and on Facebook - visitflaminggorge.  Prize money will be contingent on entries, minus derby expenses (e.g. insurance, permit fees, advertising, etc.).  Remaining entry fees will be redistributed as prizes, therefore the more anglers that enter the derby, the bigger the prize payouts.  Checks will be mailed to winners.


      Derby Rules and Regulations:
1. A team shall consist of two members.  Each team must designate a captain and a team name.  All team members must fish together (i.e. use the same boat, bank, etc).  Passengers are allowed in the boat.  More than one team can fish from the same boat, but all team members must catch their own fish, and teams must keep fish separate.  

2. Entry fee: $100.00 per team.  This is a cash-in – cash-out derby.  

3. Derby registrations:  Teams are required to register online no later than April 21st at the following Website:  Payment of registration will serve as a liability waiver for all team participants.  A team packet (including team number) and rules will be emailed to ALL participants.  There will be NO in person registration or packet pickup due to Covid 19 precautions.  Teams that launch and/or fish from a boat in Utah will need to provide their Boater Aware Certification number from Utah Division of Wildlife Resources on their registration.  Complete the certification at the following website:

4. Any unregistered angler in your party may jeopardize the validity of your team’s catch and be grounds for disqualification.

5. All of Flaming Gorge Reservoir is considered ‘in-bounds’ in the tournament, except fishing will not be permitted inside of the wakeless buoys at Buckboard, Lucerne and Cedar Springs Marinas.

6. Official derby fishing hours:  Thirty minutes before sunrise to 3 pm both Saturday and Sunday.

7. Two fish weigh-in locations will be open from 12 pm to 5 pm both Saturday and Sunday:  Buckboard Marina’s big yellow tent in Wyoming and Lucerne Marina Store parking lot in Utah.  Fish must be checked in each tournament day.  No exceptions.  Fish caught on Saturday cannot be entered again on Sunday.  Weigh-in locations will close promptly at 5 pm.  Any team that is not in line by 5 pm, either day, will not be allowed to enter their fish in the tournament.  Covid rules:  while at the check-in location, participants must wear masks, and adhere by the 6-foot distancing rule.  These requirements will help ensure the safety of tournament staff and participants.  

8. To ensure fish are not entered both days, participants will be required to remove half of the tail fin after their fish have been checked in and prior to leaving the weigh-in location.

9. Contestants are reminded that lake trout are a game fish and small lake trout are great table fare.  Take care of them properly and enjoy eating them.  It is unlawful for a person to take and leave, abandon, or allow any game fish or edible portion to intentionally or needlessly go to waste.

10. The Derby committee claims no responsibility for accidents.  It is highly recommended that all entrants wear life vests while on the water.  The tournament is subject to cancellation or temporary suspension due to weather.  Cancellation will be determined by tournament officials, the US Forest Service (USFS), Daggett County Sheriff’s Department, Sweetwater County Sherriff’s Department, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources (UDWR) or Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD).  Anglers may be notified by Marine Band Radio or text message.

11. A USFS Recreation Use Pass may be required for anglers using certain areas in the Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area.  It is the participant’s responsibility to be aware of those locations.

12. If fishing in Wyoming and using an ATV, a Wyoming Off-road Vehicle Permit is required.  It is your responsibility to make sure you are complying with all local, state and federal regulations.

13. All contestants must observe all US Coast Guard, WGFD, UDWR, Utah State Parks, USFS, and Daggett/Sweetwater County rules and regulations concerning sport fishing and safe boating on Flaming Gorge Reservoir.  This includes UDWR and WGFD Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) regulations.  Participants violating rules or regulations of any of the above will be disqualified.

14. Per WGFD and UDWR regulations:  Culling is not permitted.  The decision to release a fish or keep it for contest entry must be made immediately upon capture.  Any fish caught that is not to be entered into the contest shall be immediately released to the water with as little injury to the fish as possible.  Once a fish is put on a stringer, in a container or in a live well it cannot be released.  Participants violating this rule will be disqualified.

15. AIS inspection requirements:  
 -If fishing in Wyoming – Any contest watercraft coming from another state other than Wyoming by land from March 1 through November 30 is required to undergo a mandatory inspection by an authorized AIS inspector prior to launching.  Participants violating that regulation will be disqualified.  
 -If fishing or launching in UtahTeams that launch and/or fish from a boat in Utah must have the Boater Aware Certification from UDWR in their possession while boating.  If you plan to launch and/or fish from a boat on the Utah side of Flaming Gorge Reservoir during this contest please complete the certification at the following website prior to registering for the contest:


16. Violation of regulations:  All contestants must have a valid fishing license and abide by all WGFD and UDWR regulations concerning fishing, AIS and boating.  Any participant found to violate any regulation from thirty minutes before sunrise Saturday, April 24 until 3 pm Sunday, April 25 will be disqualified.  

Permitted by the Ashley National Forest Service, Wyoming Game and Fish Department, and Utah Division of Wildlife Resources.