Welcome!

Welcome to King of the Cats!    This is a fun, free, catch and release catfish contest. Take a look around at the monster pics and fun stats from previous years.

The 2018 season starts March 1st for Channels and April 1st for Flatheads. Please see the Rules tab for more information on how to participate.

Be sure to follow and like us on Facebook for instant updates and up to date announcements and information.

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Here are your 2018 King of the Cats!

Well another year has passed and we have come to the end of the 2018 KOTC season.   Where did the summer go?   I hope all of you have had a great time catching fish, participating, and also following along on our Facebook page.   I really enjoy seeing all the great pics and everyone out having fun on the rivers and lakes catching and releasing catfish.  Preserving and conserving the resource it what it’s all about and always has been.  It’s awesome to know that all these great fish were put back in for the rest of us to spend time on the water trying to catch again someday and I tell you what, there is a very good chance they WILL be caught again.   I want to give a big Congratulations to all the winners this year!   I know you all spent a lot of time on the water and the impressive numbers show it.   I look forward to doing this all again next year.  Until then, best wishes to everyone.

 

Here are your 2018 King of the Cats:

 

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With 239.5 points, Josh Monack

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With 239 points, Jon Ekstrand

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With 234 points, Jake Robinson

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With 224.5 points Josh Moe

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And with 214.5 points the final spot goes to Matt Heeter

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With 179 points,  Marty Meshek

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With 175.5 points, Jake Robinson

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With 173.5 points Matt Schuneman

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With 172.5 points Darren Troseth

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And with 170.5 points the final spot goes to Jesse Kiggins

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King of the Kitties (16 and under)

 

This year the title goes to Isaiah Miller with a total score of 127.5

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The overall Grand Champion Wizard Supreme King of the Cats goes to Jake Robinson with a record total overall score of 409.5!

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Awesome fish everyone!  Thanks again.  See ya next year.

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First half of the season update 2018

Hey everyone, sorry for the lack of updates here on the website lately. I have been making daily updates on our Facebook Page so hopefully everyone has been following along there, if not I would encourage you to do so. At any rate, we have been having a good year here at KOTC, lots of great fish being caught. The rain and high water in the Upper Midwest definitely has had an impact on the Late June through Mid July bite. Add in spawning activity and it made for some slow times for sure. But, as in previous years July seems to be one of the slower months for entry activity anyways. But the good news is that the action is picking up! The water levels are dropping and the fish are starting to really get active again. Taking a look at the leaderboard we have some very impressive totals in both categories. To date, 22 Channel cats over 30” and 42 Flatheads over 40” have been entered and about 100 fish in total. The biggest Channel Cat entered so far was caught by Marty Meshek @ 37 x 24 (approx. 26lbs) and the biggest Flathead caught by Jon Ekstrand @ 48 x 33 (approx. 59lbs). I look forward to receiving more of your entries here in August and Sept, we all know there are a LOT more big fish to be caught yet, especially those BIG late season Sumo Channel Cats. Here are some highlight pics! Be sure to check out the leaderboard and see where everyone stands so far. Good luck to everyone in the second half of the season.

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Here we go!!!

Welcome to the 2018 King of the Cats! Channel Cat contest is now open and Flatheads will begin on 4/1. I’m looking forward to another great year and I hope you are as well. This will be the 12th year for King of the Cats.

Once again the contest is open to anywhere in the US and Canada for both Flatheads and Channels. The contest originated in MN so the majority of fish you will see will be coming from that state, but the last couple of years there has been a strong showing from places like Colorado, North and South Dakota, Wisconsin and even Manitoba. I would encourage those from other states to join in too. This is a summer long contest that was started in 2007 to promote the practice of catch and release and celebrate big fish. If you would like to participate, please familiarize yourself with the rules tab found on the website www.kingofthecats.org Also, Evolution Shirts www.evolutionshirts.com is once again our official spot for logo gear. If you would like a hat or shirt or whatever with the logo, please contact them to find a hat of choice. Feel free to get them made anywhere else on your own too, no requirements here. Also be sure to like and follow our Facebook page. This is where most of the recent updates and announcements and pictures will be found.

This is mostly a bragging contest with not lot of things to win, but throughout the year I will try to secure a few prizes to give away and in the past we have had some great sponsors step up and provide things such as custom rods and other great gear. Just remember this though, you can’t win if you don’t play. :) Good luck to everyone and let’s make it another fun one! Now…who is going to be the first to enter a fish???

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Here are your 2017 King of the Cats!

We once again bring a close to the end of another King of the Cats season.  Some historical bars were set this year with the highest Channel Cat score and Biggest Flathead(s) ever entered.  The average overall score for both species was also at an all time high.  Either the fish are getting bigger or you all are getting better. :)     A big congrats to all the winners a lot of time and effort was spent by all of you to catch the fish you did.  Kudos to all of you for your entries and measurement pics.  We have came a long way from cruddy flip phone pics.  Also a big thanks to everyone who helped out along the way with prize donations and sharing the love of the sport.   I have so much fun with this contest and I’m glad other do as well. A tip of the cap to all of you and I look forward to doing it all again next year.   I hope everyone has a great off season, stay well my friends!

With all that said, here are your 2017 King of the Cats.

In the Flathead Division in 1st place with 234.5 pts and also biggest Flathead ever entered from Minnesota is Josh Moe

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In second place with 232pts and also a tie for biggest Flathead ever entered from Minnesota is Jake Robinson

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In third place with 227pts from Minnesota is Matt Peluf

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In fourth place with 218.5pts from Minnesota is John Kimble

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Finally in fifth place with 216pts from Wisconsin is Matt Heeter.

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In the Channel division coming in 1st place with the highest ever total score of 183pts and biggest channel cat entered this year from Colorado is Daris McKinnon

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In second place and just .5 pts off the lead at 182.5 from Colorado is Marty Meshek

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In third place with 182pts from Colorado is Ray Moore

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In fourth place with 178.5pts from South Dakota is Jesse Kiggins

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Finally in fifth place and our youngest ever King of the Cats winner with 176pts from Minnesota is Brekin McGill.

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Overall grand champion master supreme.  With 364.5 pts total of both species, from South Dakota is Tron Glaser.

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Thanks again and congrats to you all!

 

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July/August Update

Hey everyone, sorry I’ve been a little slow on the updates lately.   Today is September 1st and we are starting to wind down on another great year!    Jake and Josh keep giving each other jabs fighting for the top spot in the Flathead division and maybe Sept will bring the knockout punch….or who knows maybe someone who has only registered a fish or two will have a crazy night and pass them both up.  Big fish are definitely getting bigger in Sept.     September also brings Monster Channel cats and we’ve already had historical numbers  on the Channel cat side with adding expanded boundaries.  I have no doubts that we will be seeing a lot of action on the Channel Cat board.    The guys over in Colorado are still cream of the crop, but will some Northern Red River cats be able to top them?    I hope everyone is out enjoying themselves on the water and I look forward to seeing how September plays out.  Good luck to you all.   Oh, and by the way, I’ve been doing a little house cleaning and have a bunch of stuff to give away.  Keep an eye on this page for your chance(s) to win!

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June 2017 Update

As always, June was a stellar month for KOTC!   So many big fish and movement in the leaderboards.  Also another successful Whisker Run in is the books.   July has also started off with some nice fish but we usually so see a bit of a slowdown both related to spawning activities and harder to upgrade this time of year.  Congrats to those of you that have found you way into the green (top 5) and good luck to those of you that have been bumped out our still looking for that upgrade to make a move.  One milestone we hit this past month was a fish entered with a girth of 34.5!  This is the biggest girth fish ever entered in KOTC.  What a beast that fish was!   As always be sure to like and follow the King of the Cats facebook page for real time updates and also check out the leader-board for the latest entries and standings.    Good luck with the rest of July!

 

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May 2017 Update

Well, after a pretty slow April here at the King of the Cats, the Month of May sure made up for it!   It was a full month of big fish action. Not only were a lot of nice fish caught but we also hit a couple of milestones.  The biggest documented Flathead in the history of KOTC was entered not only once…but twice!  Josh Moe and Jake Robinson both entered the same size fish on the same day.  They both measured 49 x 33.5 and estimated at 60-65lbs!   Spectacular fish guys and a real testament to the to the benefits of catch and release.  It was such a cool thing to see those fish released to fight another day.     The other milestone was Daris McKinnon breaking the all-time total score for Channel Cats.  The old record was 180 and Daris surpassed that and is currently at 182!    With the new expanded boundaries of North America I can’t wait to see where that Channel Cat score ends up.    I expect another solid month and many more big fish in June.  The contest will really start to take shape.  Up until now on the Flathead side it has pretty much been the Josh, Jake show.  I would guess upgrades will be much harder to come by for them, and the pack will creep up slowly and on the Channel Cat side a nice battle has formed between the Red River and Colorado.   The Whisker Run is scheduled for this coming weekend on the MN river and we have a full 25 boats signed up and ready to do battle.  I would bet we will see some nice KOTC entries come in during that event.   Good luck to everyone in June and I look forward to seeing all your entries!   As always be sure to like and follow the King of the Cats Facebook page for up to date info, pictures, and real time entries.   Here are just some of the many nice fish entered in May.

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April 2017 Update

Hey everyone, here is your update for April. We have started off pretty slow here this year, especially compared to the last couple of years. However there have been some nice fish entered and it’s only going to get better from here on out. The weather and conditions are looking fantastic for the next several days and I expect to see a bunch of nice fish being caught. The Whisker Run event scheduled for June is already sold out and I’m looking forward to that. Good luck to everyone in May and be sure to keep an eye on the leaderboard as it is being updated constantly and also Like and Follow King of the Cats on Facebook to see up to the minute entries and pictures. Now let’s go get em!

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Say Hello to the 2016 King of the Cats Winners!

The 2016 season has come to an end.  What a great year it was!  Lots of great catches and a lot of good times.   I want to thank all of you for your participation, great pictures, and entries.  Like I’ve always said, without great contestants you cannot have a great contest.  I hope those of you that joined for the first time this year will continue to participate next year.   I also want to take a moment and thank those that kindly donated prizes this year.  Please remember to support those that support us.  Plano/Frabill   Tomcat Custom Rods and Team Catfish .

With that said, here are your 2016 Champions:

The flathead division was highly competitive this year and we had much higher scores than average to win. We had 18 fish entered that were 45 inches or bigger this year!   It was definitely a great year for Flatheads.  Congrats to all of you.

With 230.5pts and 2nd highest score of all time is Josh Moe.  This is Josh’s 1st Flathead KOTC win.

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With 229pts and 3rd highest score of all time is Jake Robinson.  This is Jake’s 6th Flathead KOTC win.

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With 224.5pts is Justin Severin.  This is Justin’s 2nd Flathead KOTC win

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With 220pts is Steve DeMars.  This is Steve’s 5th Flathead KOTC win.

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and last but not least with 220pts is John Kimble.  This is also John’s 5th Flathead KOTC win.

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The Channel Cat Division was also highly competitive this year.  We had 34 fish entered that were 32″ or bigger, and also a new biggest fish of all time entered that was 40 x 23!  Congrats to all the winners in the Channel Cat division.

With 179pts and 2nd highest score of all time is Jake Robinson (Jake also caught the 40 x 23 mentioned above).  This is Jake’s 7th Channel Cat KOTC win.

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With 177pts and 4th highest score of all time is Jesse Kiggins.  This is Jesse’s 1st Channel Cat KOTC win.

 

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With 176pts is Brad Doerr.  This is Brad’s 1st Channel Cat KOTC win.

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With 174pts is Kent Hollands.   This is Kent’s 4th Channel Cat KOTC win.

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and also with 174pts Billy Brazier. This is Billy’s 4th Channel Cat KOTC win.

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In the Youth Division, this year’s winner was Isaak Mather with 171.5pts.  This is Isaak’s first KOTC Youth win.

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Awesome fish guys and truly an accomplishment to be proud of!    For a reward to the guys that finished with the top score in each division.  Tommy @ Tomcat Custom Rods has kindly donated a Custom Rod to each of you Josh Moe and Jake Robinson.  I’m sure you will put the rods to good use next year!  Congrats to both of you.   Big Big thanks to Tomcat Rods with a nice gesture.  If any of you are looking for sweet catfish rod, be sure to check out the Tomcat FB Page.

 

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Finally, at the end of the year we like to crown the Ultimate Premier Superior Grand Master Champion of both divisions.  This year with 408 total points is Jake Robinson.  Congrats Jake, great year!

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Thanks again to all of you and I look forward to doing it all over again next spring.  Have a great winter, be safe, and be well.

-Darren

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We have a new Catch and Release Record!

Congratulations to Jake Robinson on the new MN official unofficial catch and release Channel Cat record!   He caught this fish over the weekend on the Red River on the lower stretch between Drayton and the Canadian border.  The fish measured 39.75 x 23     Currently MN does not recognize catch and release records for Channel Cats so until that happens, we will continue to do that here at King of the Cats.   Awesome fish Jake and I think this is going to be a tough one to beat!   Wow, what a fish!

 

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