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Manistee County Fishing Tournaments

February-September, 2023

With so many area lakes as well as Lake Michigan right in our backyards, area fishermen have a variety of fishing tournaments to take part in each year in Manistee County, sponsored and hosted by different organizations. Below you will find the tournaments that usually occur. Dates for 2022 are being added as they become available.
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2023- Dates to Be Announced

February

  • Osborn’s Big Ice Fishing Contest – 8929 Chippewa Hwy. in Bear Lake, sponsors its annual Big Ice Fishing Tournament each year in February.

May

  • Manistee Small Boat Big Fish Tournament – 7am-12pm, Insta Launch Campground & Marina, Manistee.
  • Tight Lines for Troops Charity Fishing Tournament – for Michigan Veterans, sponsored in part by Little River Casino Resort and Manistee County Charter Boats. Canceled for 2020.

June

  • MCSFA Kid Fish Day, Manmade Lake, sponsored by Manistee County Sport Fishing Association.
  • MCSFA Ladies Classic Pro/Am, sponsored by Manistee County Sport Fishing Association.
  • MCSFA Budweiser ProAm Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Manistee County Sport Fishing Association.
  • Manistee Tri-Port Pro/Am Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Manistee County Sport Fishing Association.

July

  • Manistee Salmon Splash Pro/Am Fishing Tournament, Ladies and Kids fish on Friday, men on Saturday & Sunday. Sponsored by the Manistee County Convention & Visitors Bureau.

August

  • Onekama Shake Down Fishing Tournament, Onekama Marine Inc., Manistee County Sport Fishing Association.
  • Manistee Monster Mania, Ladies fish Friday; Monster Main Event is Saturday and Sunday. Weighins and prizes at Manistee Lions Pavilion. Manistee County Sport Fishing Association.

September

  • Insta Launch & Marina Big Fish Tournament. Prizes, food, & bragging rights.

Manistee County Fishing Information

Manistee County has an abundance of places where anglers can catch a variety of fish. Numerous charter captains make Manistee their home port, and will happily take you out on Lake Michigan to fish for salmon and trout. The Manistee River runs 190 miles through the northern Lower Peninsula, entering Lake Michigan along the city of Manistee in West Michigan. The Manistee River is considered to be one of the best steelhead, salmon, and trout rivers in Michigan and the Great Lakes.

Stay tuned for information on Fishing Tournaments in the Manistee Area for 2023!

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