Two fishing tournaments are planned on the Missouri River this weekend.

On Saturday at the annual Cat Attack tournament fishermen will blast off from the South Sioux City Boat Ramp at 7 a.m. and return for the weigh-in at 4 p.m.

On Sunday the Missouri River Bass Open tournament will get under way at first safe light. Anglers will blast off from the Sioux City Municipal Boat Ramp for the one-day event. Weigh-in will be at 2:30 p.m. at the ramp.

The public is encouraged to attend both weigh-ins.

For the Cat Attack tournament, a guaranteed purse of $2,500 will be awarded to the team which brings in the highest weight of channel, blue or flathead catfish. Second place is guaranteed at $1,500 and third place will get $1,000. These pay outs are based on 75 teams participating. The event will pay all the way down to 10th place with 11th through 20th place drawing for prizes.

Entry fee is $140 per team. The fee will increase to $150 per team the morning of the tournament. The event will be limited to 75 teams.

Earlier in the week, a total of 43 teams from six states had preregistered.

Tournament rules and sign-up information can be found at

Anglers may weigh seven catfish and all fish must be weighed alive and all will be released after the weigh-in.

An additional weigh-in will be held from noon to 1 p.m. for big fish up to that time with a $100 prize. Big fish for the tournament will win $500, with second place at $250.

A 20-inch bicycle will be awarded to the boy or girl under 12 years of age who comes closest to guessing the weight of the big fish. They must be present at the weigh-in to win. Kids can enter a guess at website. Free kids' games, prizes, face painting and a bouncy house will be at the weigh-in.

This will be the eighth year of the tournament. The event was canceled last year because of the flooding on the Missouri River.

For more information, call or text Pat Carter at (712) 281-1841 or email at or John Schultz at (319) 929-5048.

This will be the 17th year for the bass tournament. It is being hosted by the Oxbow Bandits Bass Fishing Club. Officers are Wes Mahan, Sioux City, president; Dave Jensen, Sioux City, vice president; and Terry Svendsen, Sioux City, secretary.

The club holds seven tournaments on local waters each year. Its website is: Telephone: (712) 253-0076.

Missouri River Bass Open registrations are available at the Oxbow Bandit's website and various locations around Sioux City.

Entry fee is $100 per team with a big bass fee of $20.

Payback is 100 percent, with a guaranteed $2,000 for first place.

Competitors are encouraged to be at the ramp by 5:30 a.m. prior to takeoff. As of early this week 20 teams were entered.


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