Cabela’s King Kat Tournament hits the Ohio and Wabash Rivers at Mt. Vernon

cabelas king kat tournament, riverfront

The City of Mt. Vernon will welcome Cabela’s King Kat anglers and their guests from 8 states to the area to enjoy competitions and the opportunity to enjoy the many attractions in the area, including the Riverbend Riverfront Park and the many local eateries. Host lodging for the event will be the Four Seasons Motel with Hawg ‘N’ Sauce BBQ as official caterer.

Spectators of the Mount Vernon King Kat Tournament

This Saturday brings the opportunity for catfish anglers to compete for cash, prizes and a chance to advance to the Cabela’s King Kat North and South Championship. This year’s Northern Championship will be held September 22 & 23, 2017 on the CumberlandRiver (Old Hickory Lake) at Gallatin, Tennessee. The Southern Championship will be held October 6 & October 7, 2017 on Lake Wateree at Camden, South Carolina.

Families in the tristate are invited to watch anglers from across the country compete in reeling in the biggest fish. Tournament weigh-in will be held at 3:00PM at Sherburne Park. To help preserve the sport only live fish will be weighed in and all fish will be released after the tournament.


Late registration will be held Friday, May 19 the day before competition at the Police and Fire Station, 311 College Avenue, Mt. Vernon, IN from 5-7 pm. Captains Meeting/Seminar will follow at 7pm. Must be a member of the King Kat Association to fish this event. A one year membership is $30.00. To pre-register go on line to: or call (502) 384-5924. Legal waters for the event will be: Anglers may fish the Ohio River from the Newburgh Lock & Dam, South to Smithland Lock & Dam. Also the Wabash river up to the Hwy 62 Bridge.

Free Kids Fishing Rodeo

In conjunction with the tournament the Cabela’s King Kat Tournament Trail will hold the Cabela’s King Kat Kids event on Saturday, May 20 at Brittlebank Park, 1470 Brittlebank Road, Mt. Vernon, IN. The event is free of charge and open to all youth 12 and younger. Sign up is from 8:00 AM till 9:00 AM with the Kid’s Fishing Event starting at 9:00 AM until 11:00 AM.

All children will receive a prize just for entering. Bring your favorite rod, reel and bait and show your true fishing ability. All children must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Prizes for winners will be given in two age groups, 0-7 and 8-12. The event is free to all children 12 and under with all participants eligible for a chance to win one of the six, Outdoor Promotions $1,000.00 scholarships to be awarded in October.

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