2019 Root River Roundup!

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2019 Root River Roundup!

Check out the teaser here - 

Video courtesy of Outdoors4life

The 17th annual Roundup will be held May 10-12, and you will need to be there. Last year's event was tremendous, with all kinds of new species and experiences to be had. This is the greatest gathering of multi-species anglers in the Universe. And it's super fun.

The 2019 roughfish.com Root River Roundup will be held at:

Eagle Cliff Campground
near Lanesboro, MN. On the Root River.

The activities planned are as follows:

Thursday, May 9: Early Arrival (optional). Folks like to come down Thursday night to hang out and fish. Plus, they can be ready for the river float that happens on Friday, which is a hard thing to get to if you're leaving Friday. Optional.

Friday, May 10, Noon (approximately): Float Trip (optional). Meet at the roughfish.com flags in the campground! Float Trip on the Root River! This is a tradition. The early arrivals (and anybody who can get to the campground by noon on Friday!) will carpool with boats up the dam in downtown Lanesboro on the South Fork. This is a beautiful canoe or kayak trip through historic Lanesboro, back down to the campground. There may or may not be some rapids and rocks, so if you're new to canoeing or kayaking it's a good idea to have an experienced partner and/or someone within earshot in the heavy water, depending on the water level. Please arrange for a boat to ride in before the roundup! You can rent boats from the campground if necessary.

Friday, May 10, Evening: Meet and greet (optional). Drink a beer, fish the mighty Root River, cook some fish, or tell lies around a campfire. This all starts when the early arrivals start showing up in the campground by boat! It's a magical time. The folks floating the river love to get a shout-out from people fishing or hanging out on the shore! If you see a floater, be sure to yell "Who are you?" at them - they are legally required to give you their name and handle. Many of the floaters end up soaked to the skin, freezing cold and/or sunburned, bruised, and possibly brain-damaged, so any help is appreciated. This is a great evening to swap stories with your fellow roughfishers. Please pay for your roughfish.com shirts Friday if possible!

Saturday, May 11, 11:00 am: Registration for the species derby. The derby costs nothing, but you must register and pick up a nametag under the roughfish.com flags to participate. Donated prizes will be placed on the Prize Table, near the roughfish.com flags.

Saturday, May 11, 11:59 am: Early fisherman stampede. Derby participants who are wearing the roughfish.com 2019 T-shirt (and get a 1-minute bonus time) can head for the river like a herd of enraged bison.

Saturday, May 11, 12:00 (noon): 2019 Species Derby begins! Catch as many species as possible during the next three hours to win the ultimate prize! You must have a digital camera. To record a species caught, take a clear, incontivertible photograoh of the fish, including your species-derby nametag! Your total score is the count of every species of fish you catch and document with a digital photograph during the species derby.

Saturday, May 11, 3:00: 2019 Species Derby Judging begins. Judges Andy and Corey Geving (and any other designated judges) will adjudicate the contest results and declare a winner (or a tie). If the species derby results in a tie, the roudup goes into SUDDEN DEATH MODE. Sudden Death Mode rules will be announced when or if it occurs. Just be aware, it can be very intense and nobody wants to go into sudden death fishing mode. If there is a clear winner, prizes are awarded immediately.

Saturday, May 11, 4:00: 2019 Species Derby Prize Awards. Judge Corey will award prizes. Every angler will get to pick a prize , in order of ahievement, until all of the prizes are gone. Prize awards are done in a round-robin, with all anglers ranked and picking prizes in order of number of species caught. Usually, most people who catch at least one fish during the three-hour contest get to choose a prize of some kind. There will be at least one awesome deer-antler bankstick as a prize, but it will probably not last long!

Saturday, May 11, 6:00: Fish Fry (optional, but come on!): We'll cook up some delicious Root River fish. The format is potluck - in other words, we'd appreciate it if you'd bring some kind of food or something, but we're not organized enough to tell you what to bring. Corey and The Frymaster and The Frymaster's Dog will grind, fry, and serve delicious sucker balls. These are fish cakes made with fresh-caught Root River Redhorse. They are dellicious, and we will try very hard to cook enough for everybody! A bunch of other food may or may not be available.

Saturday, May 11, evening: Campfires, more hanging out, and NIGHT FISHING (optional). People who wish to fish for sturgeon, catfish, or just get away from the campground and spend time on the riverbank can head for the river for some night fishing. There may or may not be live improv campfire music, this may or may not include a frog.

Sunday, May 12: Fishing, packing up, and goodbyes. (I sure wish this was optional!) Sunday morning is a great time to catch some giant fish, then meet the few roughfishers you haven't talked to yet. Most people head home, but some people stay an extra day just to have the whole place to themselves for a day or two.

Root River Roundup

Are reservations needed?

andy's picture
No reservations necessary

You will just need to stop in the office and pay for camping or day passes when you get there.



Outdoors4life's picture
Looking forward to this year!

With all the snow we got this year I have a feeling we are going to need somegood weights!
No matter the water level it will be a great time!

It is all perspective!

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Jason E.
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Sweet deal!  

Sweet deal!  

perkinsdonald's picture

Hopefully this will be the 2nd time! I'm trying to get my wife on board. I remember some little ones running around the last time I went. I'd be bringing a 10 n 11 year old. Good kids. 



The gods do not subtract the alotted span in men's lives the hours spent in fishing.

TaleSpinner's picture
Wow, I might actually be able

Wow, I might actually be able to make it this year!


Lifelist goals for 2019: Silver Redhorse, Golden Redhorse, Greater Redhorse, River Redhorse

CoolWater's picture
Sadly, the amount of distance

Sadly, the amount of distance creates a difficulty to attend.  Mapped it last night and realized it would be longer than our summer vacation drive to Ocean City, MD!  I can't begin to express how much I hate the fact that I have never been able to be in person with this group of kindred spirits who love 'rough' fish... That same weekend, I do plan to sport my T Shirt and do a similar type fishing experience.  A remote roughfish roundup if you will...  :)   

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Tyler W
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Day Pass

I had to dig a little to find the cost of a day pass. It is $3 for an adult and $1 for a child. 

If I remember correctly, they prefer cash for such small transactions. 

Eric Kol
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Head count

who is going to make it next week? Im

planning on a fruit salad or something similar for The potluck 

Carpy Diem!

Goldenfishberg's picture
You would bring fruit salad

I’ll be there Eric, and you know I got hummus.

Ya just Can't catch um from the couch.

TonyS's picture
Fruit salad...

Looks like I'm stuck with the short run this year again - I should be rolling in Saturday morning with kimchi in tow.  If by chance I have time I'll make something additional but I don't see that happening this year.