The 2021 Governors Cup will be a little different than the traditional tournaments we have hosted. This will be a Virtual Event incorporating Fish Donkey as the overall scoring agency for the tournament.
Rules and regulations for the 2021 tournament can be found by going to our tournament entry page at Fish Donkey.
In the meantime, you can go to the link to the right and download the app to your phone and familiarize yourself with how the tournament will be scored and what the requirements will be for scoring.
Follow these steps:
1. Download the FishDonkey app.
2. Tap "Fish in a Tournament"
3. Search for "Washington Governor's Cup" & Join
Rules: “It is the Fishermen’s Responsibility to know these rules and their changes”!!!!!!!! Please Note The Amendments Made for the Governors Cup/ Angler of The Year. Covid 19 Guidelines will be in place, remember to wear a mask as needed and to socially distance.
Fish Donkey App
All registration and payment must be completed using the app. The Fish Donkey App will be used to photo document fish and will generate live leaderboards. The leaderboards will update throughout the event as fish are submitted. All entries will be considered unofficial until verified.
Measuring & Photo Documenting
FishDonkey in poor reception areas
The app will work without internet. Open the app before heading out to poorly covered areas. Tap on the name of the tourney. Once you see the button ‘Enter a Fish’, head out and fish away. Fish should be entered as normal in bad reception areas. Your Digital Livewell® (fish icon) will show you if there are fish waiting for an internet connection to get pushed into the leaderboard. When you get back to a well connected area, open your Digital Livewell® and leave that screen open/active until all fish are “Received”. If your pictures are missing from the leaderboard, this is what you need to do. Until your pictures are received, do not delete or alter the photos on your phone, as the software will not accept your photos as originals.
Missing Pictures on the Leaderboard? Anglers can tap the fish icon when they get back to an area with good reception and leave that screen open until all fish are “Received”.
All measuring devices must be commercially made. You are required to have a board with a 90 degree bend which marks 0, and at least ¼” lines. No handmade measuring boards, stickers, or tape measures allowed. No sliding, retractable, or foldable measuring devices are allowed unless approved by the tournament director. If your measurement is not clearly readable in your submission photo, it may not be accepted, or could be penalized.
[DIRECTORS OPTION] Extra large fish are difficult to measure with a bump board and photographs. For example, sturgeon can be measured more accurately by using video. Bump the nose of the fish against a vertical surface and use a commercial measuring tape to measure the fish. Video from nose to tail, covering the complete length of the fish.
Your Tournament Director is Marvin O’Hearn LRWC. If you need to reach your director, their contact info is in the “ i “ Info icon within your tournament in the app.
The interpretation and enforcement of the rules is at the sole discretion of the director. The tournament director may change rules or impose sanctions as they deem appropriate, including but not limited to: disqualifications, forfeiture of prizes, and prohibition from competing in future tournaments. All decisions made by the tournament director are final.
All participants are expected to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy, safety and conservation. Any participant who displays poor sportsmanship, violates these rules or brings unfavorable publicity to the sport of fishing could be disqualified. Encroachment is considered a sportsmanship rule.
Body of Water
Participants must fish in the area specified for the event. Fishing has to be legal and in public waters only: no private ponds, streams, lakes or rivers. Participants may fish in any water that is open to public fishing. The Boundaries will be Grand Coulee Dam, to the Canadian Border and Napoléon Bridge on the Kettle River.
Keep mobile phones on throughout the tournament in order to receive communication from the director in the event of postponement or cancelation. Due to the nature of tournament fishing, no refunds will be issued. This is at the discretion of your tournament director.
The tournament director will consider options for determining a tie, which could be 1) time of entry 2) the exact measurement instead of the ¼” measurement 3) the next largest fish submitted by each angler. A tie could also result in shared prizes.
Ensure that your correct address, email, and mobile number appear in your app profile for prize announcements and delivery. Prizes are the responsibility of the winners. Transportation, taxes, and incidentals are the responsibility of the winner.
It is the responsibility of the tournament director to disburse all prizes.
From our terms and conditions, you have agreed to the following.
"Fish Donkey makes no representations or warranties regarding the Service or the quality, features, conditions, rules, prizes, results, or other aspects of any tournament ORGANIZED THROUGH, OR hosted on, the Site. AS BETWEEN FISHDONKEY AND THE TOURNAMENT ORGANIZER, THE TOURNAMENT ORGANIZER IS SOLEY RESPONSIBLE FOR THE RESULTS AND CONSEQUENCES OF THE TOURNAMENTS THEY ORGANIZE AND HOST USING THE SITE AND SERVICES."
As stated above, FishDonkey is not in any way responsible, but if you believe there is a problem with your tournament director or if something seems suspicious such as not paying out the funds or prizes, please contact FishDonkey and let us know ASAP.
Laws and Regulations
All federal, state, and local laws and all fishing and boating rules must be abided by.
Failure to comply with any tournament rules subjects participants to disqualification and removal from the competition, as determined by the tournament officials. The right to refuse sale and/or revoke a competition ticket to anyone is hereby reserved.
Participants are responsible for their own safety, actions, and property at all times
If there are any questions about the rules, ask the tournament director.
Practice the FishDonkey App ahead of time
Test the app before you get out on the water.
1. Download the app
2. Join "Practice Entering a Fish"
Two Day Total
1stBig Fish/Sat $25.00 plus a$400.00 Bonus donated by "Tripps Distributing"
1stBig Fish/Sun $25.00 plus a$400.00 Bonus donated by "Tripps Distributing"
1stBig Stringer/Sat 60% of $25.00 plus a $250.00 Bonus donated by "Hewes Craft"
2ndBig Stringer/Sat 40% of $25.00 plus a $250.00 Bonus donated by " TJ’s Bar & Grill "
1stBig Stringer/Sun 60% of $25.00 plus a $250.00 Bonus donated by "Hewes Craft"
2ndBig Stringer/Sun 40% of $25.00 plus a $250.00 Bonus donated by "TJ’s Bar & Grill"
Kids Big Stringer Combined Sat/Sun. Each team registered with an angler under the age of 18 will be in the running for an award of $500 donated by Country Chevrolet.
Day 1 Big Fish:
1st Brett & William McKern 8.08 lbs.
2nd James & Dillon Mareth 5.91 lbs.
Day 1 Heavy Stringers:
1st Brett & William McKern 18.77 lbs.
2nd Brian Coe & Jeb Race 18.29 lbs.
3rd James & Dillon Mareth 17.43 lbs.
Day 2 Big Fish:
1st Brian Coe & Jeb Race 5.84 lbs.
2nd Greg & Ken Loper 4.77 lbs.
Day 2 Heavy Stringers:
1st Brian Coe & Jeb Race 20.18 lbs.
2nd Rick Sutherland
& Tom Morrow 18.43 lbs.
3rd Todd Priddy
& Ron Charlton 15.60 lbs.
2020 Governors Cup Winners: Greg & Ken Lóper for the state of Idaho.