State fishing tournament returns to Mount Vernon this weekend

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By Rachel Christian

Cabela’s returns this weekend for its second King Kat Tournament Trail fishing event at the Mount Vernon riverfront.

The tournament is a qualifying event, leading up to two championship events. The local event features a guaranteed $5,000 payback.

The King Kat Trail began in 2002, and Mount Vernon became a part of it last year after Jeremy Coe, Tournament Director for Cabela’s, approached the City Council about the opportunity in 2015.

After a successful first year, the group is returning, offering anglers of all ages a chance to show off their skills and snag a prize catfish from the Ohio or Wabash River.

Hawg N Sauce will have items for sale at the event, and the Riverbend Food Pantry will also be there to sell snacks and concessions to raise money.

Fishing locations and times

Teams are two-man or individual; however, a team can have three people if one person on the team is under 16 years old or over 65. Teams can fish in legal waters, which have been defined by tournament officials as the Ohio River from the Newburgh Locks and Dam to the Smithland Lock and Dam to the south and the Wabash River up to the Highway 62 bridge.

Fishing times are from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. this Saturday, and all participants must be in line by 4 p.m. for weigh in.

The event will be held rain or shine.

How to sign up

Teams can sign up online or register at the captain’s meeting the night before. Those interested in participating can also call 502-384-5924.

The tournament is open to anyone.


The cost to participate is $200 per tournament event. Membership is required, which costs $25. The Big Fish entry fee is an additional $20 per event.

Kids Fishing Rodeo returns

The King Kat Tournament is also bringing back the Kid’s Fishing Rodeo at Brittlebank Park from 9 to 11 a.m. Children ages 12 and under are invited to participate. They will need a rod, reel and bait.

Participants will compete in one of two age brackets – ages 0-7 and 8-12. Prizes will be awarded for first, second and third place. All participants will receive a fishing-related gift.
Children can also enter to win one of six $1,000 scholarships, and only need to submit their name and phone number to register for the event.