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Manistee County Fishing Tournaments

May-September, 2022

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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  • 14th – Manistee Small Boat Big Fish Tournament, 7am-12pm, Insta Launch Campground & Marina, Manistee.
  • 20th-21st – 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.
  • TBA – Onekama Marine Memorial Weekend Shakedown Fishing Tournament sponsored in part by Portage Lake Association.


  • 22nd – MCSFA Kid Fish Day, Manmade Lake, sponsored by Manistee County Sport Fishing Association.
  • 24th – MCSFA Ladies Classic Pro/Am, sponsored by Manistee County Sport Fishing Association.
  • 24th-26th – MCSFA Budweiser ProAm Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Manistee County Sport Fishing Association.
  • 25th-26th – Manistee Tri-Port Pro/Am Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Manistee County Sport Fishing Association.


  • 23rd-26th – 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.


  • TBA – Onekama Shake Down Fishing Tournament, Onekama Marine Inc., Manistee County Sport Fishing Association.
  • 28th-30th – 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.


  • 6th – 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.

Activities & Attractions in West Michigan

The Pentwater River

The Pentwater River provides opportunities to experience a paddle sport for the first time or take on a challenge for those more experienced.

Manistee National Forest

Manistee National Forest together with the Huron National Forest occupies almost a million acres of land in Michigan’s lower peninsula.

West Michigan Arts Scene

West Michigan is home to numerous artists with so many different talents. Groovy music, vivid paintings, gorgeous photography, and more!

M-22 Scenic Drive

Take one of the most scenic drives in the nation as you travel across M-22 in Manistee County. A long winding road of adventure awaits!

North Country Trail

Created in 1980, this trail has 1,000 miles running through Michigan, which also runs through the Huron-Manistee National Forest.