Boerne Family Fishing Tournament
About the Tournament
Join us each summer in early June for the Boerne Family Fishing Tournament hosted by Boerne Parks and Recreation. Sign up and come out to Boerne City Lake Park for a day full of fishing fun for the whole family.
We are excited to provide this free opportunity to introduce the sport of fishing to children, as well as to create a safe environment for parents and children to enjoy the outdoors together.
The tournament is held each year on the first Saturday in June, which is also Free Fishing Day in Texas when adults don't need a license to put a hook in the water. That means adults fishing in this tournament are not required to carry a fishing license.
The day kicks off with a morning check in followed by a pre-fishing meeting for all the participants. Fishing gets started shortly after that with the final weigh-in coming before noon. That's when we find out who has the biggest catches of the day and hand out trophies and raffle prizes!
June 3, 2023 | Boerne Family Fishing Tournament
Registration for the 2023 Boerne Family Fishing Tournament will open on May 1. Get your poles ready and sign up here for the fun.
Follow Parks and Recreation on Facebook and Instagram and check out the calendar to stay up to date on upcoming events. Call the Parks and Recreation office at (830) 248-1635 if you have any other questions about this event.
This event is one of the highlights of the year and we look forward to it every summer. Please take a few minutes to read over the tournament rules below to make sure you're ready for a good day of fishing.
Each team must have a member who is at least 18 years old on or before the tournament date, and at least one member who is 17 years old or younger on or before the tournament date. There can be up to three children per one adult registration. Team categories are as follows:
- Child 8 and Under with Adult 18 or older
- Child 9 to 12 with Adult 18 or older
- Child 13 to 17 with Adult 18 or older
Identification will be needed if age is protested or questioned, so please have it available.
Preregistration is encouraged. The first 100 pre-registered teams will receive a special giveaway for their youth team members!
Check in is from 7:30 - 9 a.m. There will be an informal meeting at 8:45 a.m. the morning of the event to go over rules and fishing techniques.
Entry Forms and Fees
This tournament is free to the public. A team entry form should be submitted online prior to the event.
Teams can begin fishing at 9 a.m. and final weigh-in will end at 11 a.m. Please check in at the tournament table to confirm your team's registration before you begin fishing. Fish caught before 9 a.m. or after 11 a.m. will not be eligible for judging. In order for a fish to be eligible for judging it must be alive! Winners will be announced at the event and on the Parks and Recreation social media accounts on the Monday following the tournament.
Tackle and Equipment
Live, dead, and artificial bait will be permitted. Each team member will be allowed to have and use one pole at a time. It is illegal to use the following fishing methods in Boerne City Lake: trot lines, jug lines, throw lines. Please use fishing poles or cane poles in this tournament only, no nets or traps or any other method may be used in this tournament. You must bring your own fishing gear, bait, etc.
For this tournament teams will be allowed to fish off the bank, fishing pier, by wade fishing or by personal watercraft in the water of Boerne City Lake. Children should wear a life jacket while in the water or in a boat. Safety is our number one priority!
This tournament will adhere to all Texas Parks and Wildlife Department fishing rules. Visit the TPWD website to see all regulations. A Fishing License or Stamp is not needed the first Saturday in June. This is the annual Free Fishing Day in Texas. Fish size must be legal in order to be eligible for judging.
Catch and Release
All fish must be released after judging. Fish brought to the judges table will be released back into the lake after weighing and measuring.
- Categories for judging in each age class are as follows:
- Longest Bass
- Largest Perch / Sun Fish
- Most Fish
- Biggest "Other" Fish
All legal fish must be brought to the judges table and recorded. You must be in line to be judged by 11 a.m. for the fish to be eligible for the tournament. All judges' decisions are final.
Winners that are not present at the event will be contacted on Monday after the tournament and can pick up their trophies at the Parks and Recreation Administrative office at 1017 Adler Road during regular business hours from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Please indicate on your registration form or contact Boerne Parks and Recreation in advance if you plan to fish from some type of watercraft. Please note that trailers will need to park in the Special Event Overflow Parking area which will be marked on the day of the event.