Sponsors for this years tournament


Featured in these publications for the 2017 tournament

Article written by Pat Burke for "Fly Fisherman Magazine"

Article written by Ryan Sparkes for The "Drake"



Photography by Brad Eaton of Tipets and Tales, Click the links below to check out Tipets and Tales, and all the great recaps from 2016 event.









The Details For 2018 "Golden Bones" Tournament

The 3rd annual M.G.B. tournament will be held on July 27th and 28th. The event will be based out of Southbank Original Barbecue in Yorkville, IL. Entrance fee is $100.00 per angler. Every angler will receive an event shirt, poster, SWAG bag, beer, and food. Live music both nights. Raffle prizes will also be handed out. Entrance fee can be mailed to Kurt Nelson, along with your shirt size, and email address for confirmation of entry. 

Registration is now open. There will be a limit of 60 slots available for the tournament. 

Tournament Itinerary: 

Friday July 27th,

Noon to sundown: TBD

Sundown to bitchin: Pig Farm Inc.'s famous Iron Fly Tournament will be returning to this years tournament. There will be loaner vises, but bring your own vise and tools just in case.

Silent auctions and raffle ticket purchases will be available all day.

Saturday July 28th, 

5 AM - 6 AM: Mandatory check in, official rules announcement, and SWAG bag/measuring device handout at Dupage Fly Fishing Co. in Naperville, IL. Grab all your last minute items.

6 AM - 6 PM: Tournament/on the water.

7 PM: Check in, Must be back to Southbank Original Barbecue by 7 PM.

7 PM - 8 PM: Dinner and open bar provided by Golden Bones Tournament. Silent auction and raffle tickets will be available as well.

8 PM - Close : Winner announcements and awards. Raffle and silent auction winner announcements.


Fishing Area: DuPage, Des Plaines, and Fox River Systems (with Bonus waters being added the morning of).

Wading, kayaks, and boats are all welcome to fish. This will be an individual angler scoring system. No combined points between anglers in a boat. 

All carp must be taken on fly, photographed/measured, and released. Pictures must be taken of the angler holding the fish and of the fish with the tournament supplied measuring stick/bumpboard. Pics must be texted to tournament staff by 6:30 PM Saturday.

Phone numbers to text pictures to will be provided on angler rules sheet given out at the meet and greet Friday night at Southbank Original Barbecue and at check in at Dupage Fly Co. Saturday morning. Tournament staff will provide anglers with individual measuring tapes the morning of tournament. Anglers must be back at Southbank Original Barbecue in Yorkville, IL by 7:00 PM Saturday for awards.

The point totals will be based on total length from the day, with additional prizes for biggest and smallest carp. There will also be 1/2 points given to smallmouth bass that measure over 12"s.

Example Scoring:
30" Carp = 30 points
18" Carp = 18 points
12" Smallmouth Bass = 6 points
18" Smallmouth Bass = 9 ponts
Total Points = 63 points

Payment Options:

1. Send check payable to:
Kurt Nelson
email  at kurt.nelson@midwestwaters.com
call at 6304290419 or message on facebook for address to send checks to.

2. You can pay cash in person at DuPage Fly Fishing Co. as well.

3. Also accepting entry fees through Paypal. Send entry fee payment to Knkirby1@gmail.com
Contact Kurt Nelson for details or email kurt.nelson@midwestwaters.com for questions.


*A confirmation email will be sent to you upon receiving your entrance fee. It will include details about the event, when and where to be, and other event giveaways. 

We look forward to seeing everyone out at this years 2nd annual tournament! If you have any questions or concerns please message us and we will get back to you ASAP.

From Bill Katzenberger and Kurt Nelson, good luck everyone and we are very excited for this years event!!

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