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Whether it’s fishing for salmon on Lake Michigan, trout in the PM River or Manistee River, or walleye in Hamlin Lake, West Michigan has the best variety of fishing. And local tournaments give anglers a chance to add a little money to their pocket in addition to the fish in their bucket. No matter what time of year you want to cast a line, the West Michigan area provides great fishing opportunities and plenty of fishing tournaments!
May 26th-August 26th, 2022
Sponsored by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association. Cash prizes and plaques will be awarded for the biggest fish (weight) entered of the season for King Salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Lake Trout, and Brown Trout. Prizes Presented at PSA Annual Meeting in August. For registration or more information, visit pentwaterpsa.org/annual-big-fish-contest.
May 28th-30th, 2022
Sponsored by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association. Award Categories: One Grand Prize, Six Salmon Prizes, Six Lake Trout Prizes, Six Brown Trout Prizes, and Six Steelhead Prizes. All entrants must be current association members. Registration is on Friday, May 27th from 4-8pm at the Pentwater Marina Gazebo- 519 S. Hancock St., Pentwater. Early registration at Charlie’s Marina or on-line at pentwaterpsa.org/memorial-weekend-derby
June 3rd-5th, 2022
Top Cash Prizes are $15,000 for Pros, $5,000 for Amateurs (payouts subject to change based on participation). Am Division pays half the field guaranteed. For more information, visit tournamenttrail.net/tournament.
June 24-26th, 2022
Pro/Am/333 event with a Ladies Prelim. Fish from Manistee, Onekama, or Arcadia. Side bets include $1,000 Big Fish and Day 2 Big Box. Captain’s Meetings and on site registrations will take place on Thursday and Friday evenings, June 23rd & 24th. For more information, visit tournamenttrail.net/tournament.
Fish any lake in Sherman, Sheridan, or Free Soil Townships. $10 entry fee; 16 & under free. All entries measured by 5:45pm, prizes at 6pm. Sign up at club from 7am-11am. Raffles, Chinese auction, and sack lunches available for $4. Citizen’s Sportsmen’s Club- 5586 E. Fountain Road, Fountain.
July 8th-10th, 2022
Ladies/Kids fish Friday: $100 entry, weigh best 5. Muskegon’s Heritage Landing will serve as Tournament HQ for all events including Captain’s Meetings, Weigh-Ins and Awards. Capt. Meeting/ On-Site Registration 5-7pm on Thursday or Friday. Captain’s Meeting follows at 7pm on both days. For more information, visit tournamenttrail.net/tournament.
July 11th-17th, 2022
The Ludington Offshore Fishing Classic on Lake Michigan is the biggest tournament of the summer, with cash and prizes given away. The event includes a Ladies Pro/Am, Youth Classic, a Big Fish Contest, and the Classic Big Boys Contest. In the afternoon as the boats make their way in, hundreds head to Ludington’s Waterfront Park to watch the weigh-in. The size of some of the fish are quite incredible.
July 29th-31st, 2022
Doug & Shar Hekman Family Foundation tournament held in Holland. $10,000 1st Place Pro, $5,000 1st Place AM, $1,000 1st Place Big Fish *Payouts subject to change based on participation. For more information, visit bigredclassic.com.
July 30th, 2022
Sponsored by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association. Prizes are as follows: 1st Place for Big Fish, 2nd Place for Most Fish (Tie Determined by Heaviest Ten-Fish Weight), 3rd Place for Mystery Weight (Random weight chosen at weigh in), and Big Species awards for Salmon, Coho, Steelhead and Lake Trout. For more information, call Lyn Snider at (616) 291-2568 or Patsy Gettings (231) 250-9737), or in person at Charlie’s Marina. For more information, visit nebula.wsimg.com.
August 19th-21st, 2022
Monster Ladies/Kids prelim: Friday, 8/20. Weigh your best 5. $100/team. $10,000 Cash Purse (30 boat min). All Big Checks Doubled. All 333 Choice & Combo Prizes Awarded. Additional Cash Payouts Based on Registration. Sequestered Weigh In Day 1. $400 Entry. For more information, visit tournamenttrail.net/tournaments.
August 26th-28th, 2022
Tournament is held in Frankfort, MI and includes multiple divisions. The Lucky 7 Prelim is on Thursday, the Ladies Classic is Friday, and the Pro/Am/Big Fish/333 is Saturday and Sunday. For more information, visit tournamenttrail.net/tournaments#/frankfort.
September 3rd, 2022
Sponsored by the Pentwater Sportfishing Association and Bannink’s. Prizes include 1st Place for biggest salmon, 2nd Place for biggest trout (Either lake trout, brown trout, or steelhead), 3rd Place for combo weight (Either two salmon/one trout or two trout/one salmon, 4th Place for mystery weight (closest fish weighing to the picked weight from three-six pounds- can be either under or over weight. All entry fees must be paid by 7pm on September 2nd. For more information, visit nebula.wsimg.com or call Rob Bannink at (231) 327-0841.
Sponsored by Pere Marquette Expeditions. All DNR rules apply and any Michigan lake may be fished. Entry fee is $10 and registration must be completed before the 7am start time. Registration opens at 5:30am. There will be a 100% payout for the longest pike. This tournament is only for pike- no other fish will be included. Participants must be in line for measuring at Suttons Landing by 5pm.
The Ryan Williams Perch Derby is part of Winterfest in Pentwater each February. The event is from 7am-4pm and participants register at the Pentwater Convenience Center. Winners from 2021 were:
Osborn’s Sport Shop– 8929 Chippewa Hwy. in Bear Lake, sponsors its annual Big Ice Fishing Tournament each year in February. Prizes are awarded to adults and to children, in separate categories, for pike, walleye, perch, smelt, bluegill and crappie. There is also a biggest fish prize, and several door prize drawings.
Sponsored by Pere Marquette Expeditions. The Gettin’ Jiggy Tournament coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend. Entry fee is $10 and there is a 100% payout for the longest fish in each category: Bluegill, Crappie, and Perch. You must be in line for measuring by 6pm. At the end of the tournament, free hot dogs will be served at Sutton’s Landing down at the river and is included in the entry fee.
Sponsored by Pere Marquette Expeditions. Named for local fisherman, Ray Finholm, who passed away in a boating accident. All DNR rules apply and any Michigan lake may be fished. Prize includes a 100% payout for the longest fish in each category: Pike, Steelhead and Perch. You must be in line for measuring by 6pm. The $10 entry fee includes sloppy joes down by the river at Sutton’s Landing following the tournament.