Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Cast A Line In A Blue Water Area Fishing Tournament

Now that winter is starting to be behind us for another season, many Michiganders will be getting their boats ready to ply the waterways. A lot of those vessels will have fishermen on board looking to reel in the many varieties of fish that the Great Lakes have to offer.

While all Blue Water Area anglers bait their hook and cast their line to catch what's below the water's surface and to enjoy the relaxing pace of the day, there's some that want a little more excitement and friendly competition when it comes to reeling the big one in. For them, there are several tournaments throughout the season.

The angling action heads St. Clair way at the end of this month. The Blue Water Salmon Stakes are happening April 29th. The tournament, first organized by Quota International of Port Huron and the Blue Water Sportfishing Association almost 40 years ago, is the longest running contest of its kind in the area. 

Blue Water Salmon Stakes catches photo via the Times Herald

At the Salmon Stakes anglers will compete for a share of thousands of dollars in prize money for the largest King, Coho, Steelhead, Brown Trout, Lake Trout and Walleye in addition to the “super skipper”.  Fishing is from 6 am to 1 pm by boat on the day of the tournament, with the weigh-in taking place in St. Clair at the Voyageur Restaurant. Potential prize-winning catches will be open for viewing by the general public from 12:00 p.m. until 4:00 pm in the Voyageur’s parking lot, along with great prize raffles and activities for children or all ages.  Festivities will conclude by 6:00 p.m.  Proceeds from the tournament go to support various service projects benefitting the hearing and speech impaired and disadvantaged women and children in the Blue Water Area. 

You can register for the 2017 Blue Water Salmon Stakes at The Voyageur Restaurant and Anderson’s Pro Bait.  For more information visit the Blue Water Sportfishing Association on the web

St. Clair is also the host of the annual Blue Water Marbleye Classic which runs from May 19th through the 21st this year. On this weekend hundreds of fishermen drop their boats and lines into the quick and swift currents of the St. Clair River in hopes of landing the Hog-the biggest walleye during the annual tournament.  Visit the Marbleye Classic's Facebook page to register and to get the latest updates.

On Saturday, May 6th, many boats and hundreds of fishermen will be on the waters of Harbor Beach for the 2017 Can2Can Fishing Tournament. Hosted by the Thumb chapter of the Steelheaders, proceeds from this event go to help their Net Pen Project, which helps maintain and preserve the fish stock of the region. Visit the Can2Can website for more information and registration

Entering it's 79 year in 2017, the Algonac Lions Club Pickerel Festival is one of the celebrations of its kind in the Blue Water Area. Running June 30 through July 4th this year, the festival not only includes daily cash prizes for the three largest fish but also a grand prize of $1,000 for the “whopper” which is awarded on the final day, as well as carnival rides, food and other family fun throughout the weekend. Visit the Algonac Pickerel Festival website for more information and how to register for the tournament.

The best of luck to all the anglers out there. Fish on!

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