"The North American Ice Fishing Circuit is a corporation established by fishermen, for fishermen. The mission of the NAIFC is to advance the sport of ice fishing in North America by providing the highest level of competition, education, and product promotion."


NAIFC, 5381 83H Street, Agate, ND 58310


Mike Howe
President/Tournament Director



NAIFC Tournaments are single day, two person team, premier fishing events. The NAIFC Tournament Series Qualifying season begins in January and lasts into March, with the NAIFC Tournament Series Championship Invitational held the following December. Each season consists of several regional qualifier events held in several states across the ice belt.

The NAIFC Tournament Series has a broad competitor base and offers an even playing field. NAIFC Tournaments are truly the hard-water equivalent to big time bass and walleye tournaments held during the open-water months. However, despite the growing sophistication of NAIFC competitors, these events remain approachable for newcomers. There is an unmistakable common-folk quality to the sport of ice fishing that seems to attract hard-working people who naturally like to help others excel in the sport. It is common for elite ice competitors who have spent years honing their skills and developing new techniques to pass their knowledge on to enthusiast ice anglers. This simply does not happen anywhere else in competitive fishing, and our sponsors recognize the value in the opportunities this creates.

The NAIFC Tournament Series consists of six to nine qualifying tournaments. Each qualifying tournament has a maximum of 100 two-person teams.

The NAIFC Tournament Series Championship Invitational is a three-day event. The size of the field for the National Championship is set at 75 two-person teams.



The NAIFC's Friday Night Meet-n-Greet Series is an unprecedented fishing education program that is held in conjunction with NAIFC Tournaments, open to the public, and free of charge. NAIFC Meet-n-Greets are geared toward educating fishers on key aspects of tournament ice fishing. Each Meet-n-Greet features a recognized, industry-leading speaker, demonstration of the latest techniques and sponsor provided equipment and round-table consultation with NAIFC Pro-Staffers focusing on specific techniques on how to catch fish on the tournament lake. The curriculum also emphasizes safety, conservation and environmental stewardship..

The NAIFC Seminar Series stands apart as the only program of its kind in the world of competitive fishing. No other organization in the sport fishing industry offers this level of professional mentorship at no cost to the public.