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 2019 season starts March 1st for Channels and April 1st for Flatheads. Please see the Rules tab for more information on how to participate.

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Here are your 2019 King of the Cats!!

Today is Oct 1st and we have reached the end of another fun filled King of the Cats season! We had lots of flooding and high water to deal with this year which made things a bit difficult. Even so, lots of big fish were caught! Thanks again to everyone that participated it’s all of you great anglers that make this contest so special and fun.

Congrats to all the winners!

Channel Cats:

With 178.5pts Tom Van Kley


With 176.5pts Justin Severin


With 176pts Jake Robinson


With 172.5 Jamie Reitmeier


and with 156.5 pts is Blaze Nelson


and here are your winners in the Flathead division

with 219 pts Jake Robinson


With 216.5 pts Jamie Reitmeier


With 214 pts Matt Heeter


with 212.5 pts Gary King


and finally with 211.5 pts Matt Peluf


The overall grand master champion for 2019 is Jake Robinson with 395 pts



Great job guys, those are some catches to be proud of! Have a great rest of the year and see ya again in 2020.


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2019 April/May Update

The crazy wet spring and cool weather sure has put a damper on the start of the 2019 KOTC season. However, little by little the fish are starting to roll in and now that June is finally here, I expect to see some hogs being caught. Here are a few nice ones that have been submitted so far. Be sure to check out the leaderboard for the current leaders and also our Facebook page for up to date info and pictures. Just a reminder that the Whisker Run will be held on 6/15. This is a 25 boat event that will be held on Pool 2 and I currently have 2 spots left if anyone is interested. Shoot me a message and I can send you details. Good luck to everyone out there on the water. This is going to be a great June I think!

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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:




With 239.5 points, Josh Monack



With 239 points, Jon Ekstrand



With 234 points, Jake Robinson


With 224.5 points Josh Moe


And with 214.5 points the final spot goes to Matt Heeter




With 179 points,  Marty Meshek


With 175.5 points, Jake Robinson


With 173.5 points Matt Schuneman


With 172.5 points Darren Troseth


And with 170.5 points the final spot goes to Jesse Kiggins


King of the Kitties (16 and under)


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



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



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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