Cornhusker Carpfest 2020

Carpfest 2020 - Social Distancing Edition

Welcome to the fourth annual Cornhusker Carpfest sponsored by the Cornhusker Fly Fishers.  Saturday July 18th from 6am to 9pm.  Cornhusker Carpfest is a fly fishing contest for what else... CARP!!!  Not only is this a chance to show off your fly fishing skills and meet fellow anglers, but this contest is also a great way to support the carp-on-the-fly community here in the heartland!

Due to the worldwide pandemic, Cornhusker Carpfest will be a virtual format this year. 

Contact Contest Organizer Larry Dostal at - or

Keep Scrolling for all the details....

Where and When:

Contest takes place Saturday July 18th, at ANY PUBLIC WATER. 
  • Registration deadline is 9:00 PM Friday July 17th. 
  • Cost of entry is $15 for each participant
  • Contact Larry Dostal ( to register and for shipping info for your new Carpfest hat!
  • Official start time is 6:00am.
  • Official closing time is 9:00pm sharp.  Any photos not submitted to Larry past 9:00pm will not count toward your limit.
  • Any PUBLIC  body of water is fair game to fish for the contest, just submit your pictures before the "weigh in".                                          
  • Participants are responsible for their own Fishing Permits and/or Park Entry Stickers.
Official 2020 Contest Rules:
  • Contest is Saturday July 18th from 6am to 9pm.
  • This is a catch, photo, & release contest (CPR). 
  • A Digital Camera or Camera Phone is required. 
  • Fly fishing only. 
  • Absolutely NO: pre-baiting, chumming, snagging, foul hooking, or adding scent to flies. Any evidence of these will lead to disqualification of angler, and you will be forever shunned.
  • Only Common Carp and Grass Carp count this year!!! (No goldfish, buffalo or sucker species). 
  • No limit to the amount of carp you can catch, only the three biggest carp will count towards the grand prize.  That is, each angler’s 3 longest carp measurements & pictures will win 1st place. 
  • Additional prized for smallest carp, biggest carp, and most carp caught.
  • Carp will be measured to the nearest 1/2 inch.  Bump Boards preferred, but tape measures will be accepted.
  • A Cornhusker Carpfest "pass-code" will be distributed Friday Night July 17th.  This code must be present in photographs to count for the tournament.  Write on a piece of paper or your hand and make plainly visible for the photographs.
  • "Weigh in" will be 9pm on Saturday July 18th  - SHARP – All Photo’s must be submitted by 9pm to Larry Dostal at or by Text Message to Larry
  • "Weigh in" will consist of Carpfest judges inspecting the photographs and adding up carp lengths.  Carpfest judge reserves right to approve all photographs and has final say on judgment. 
  • Winners will be announced by 10am on Sunday July 19th
  There will be great prizes for:
  • Angler with longest 3 carp
  • Smallest Carp
  • Biggest Carp
  • Most Carp Caught
  • Additional prizes/awards...
How to measure your carp...Just make sure your "token" is in the picture during the tournament. 
Measure to the tip of the tail. 17 1/2 inches exactly
You'll receive the tournament "CODE" Friday night July 17th. Make sure to include it in your photos during the tournament or the fish wont count!  You can submit more than 1 picture of a fish, and add a hero shot / grip and grin or two.

Join the Facebook event for Cornhusker Carpfest 2020, follow Larry Dostal on Instagram, and/or simply bookmark this page to stay up to date on the latest tournament news.  If you have a question about Cornhusker Carpfest, drop a comment here or the other social media pages, or drop Larry an email at

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