Monday, March 19, 2018

Cast A Line In A Blue Water Area Fishing Tournament

Now that the calendar says spring has arrived, 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.

Lexington starts off the competition season with the Lake Huron Spring Fling Fishing Tournament on April 21st & 22nd. This two event is growing to one of the largest salmon & trout fishing tournament on Lake Huron. The biggest fish bring the biggest prizes. Give John a call at 1-810-841-0070 for more information and to register.

The angling action heads St. Clair way at the end of April when the Blue Water Salmon Stakes happens on April 28th. 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. 

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 2018 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 18th through the 20th 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 5th, many boats and hundreds of fishermen will be on the waters of Harbor Beach for the 2018 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.

Harbor Beach is also home to the Pro King Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 2th as well as where the Thumb Area Steel Headers host a Veterans Fishing Outing on June 9th.

Entering its 80th year in 2018, 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.

July brings the 2nd Annual Captain's Memorial Summer Challenge in Grindstone City. This tournament, which honor's the fallen captain's of Lake Huron, runs July 27th through the 29th and will be offering over $15,000 in prizes.

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

Find out about more summertime things to do in the Blue Water Area on our events page

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Port Huron's St Paddy's Celebration

March 17th is St. Patrick's Day. It's a time for those who are Irish (or simply Irish at heart) to wear their best green and celebrate. With the things going on to commemorate the holiday in the Blue Water Area, celebrating is definitely on the agenda.

The party in Port Huron starts the week before on Saturday the 10th. In the morning you can raise your spirits and your heartbeat with the Y’s Leprechaun Loop in Port Huron at 9am.

Photo by Dale Merrill
Also at noon on Saturday, March 10th, the streets of Port Huron will be filled with the Celtic spirit when the St. Patrick's Parade starts at Pine Grove Park and then winds through downtown.

Following the parade, the revelry continues in Port Huron with the 2018 Pub Crawl. Purchase a wristband for $10 before 6pm on March 9th (after 6 they go up to $15) and ride the party buses to many watering holes in the city between 1pm and 7pm.

Many of the stops along the party bus route will have live entertainment.

At the Blue Water Convention Center on that day, it's St. "Practice" Day. There will be a selection of Irish eats such as corned beef and Reuben sandwiches. WBTI will be broadcasting LIVE from 1pm - 3pm, DJ YEO will be spinning tunes throughout the day and Toxic Candy will be providing live music between 2-5pm.

Just a hop away from the Convention Center, Freighters will have have the Family Tradition Band playing live between 1 and 6pm. Also, a special to pub crawlers only they will be serving up Pulled Pork Sliders for $1 and Mac and Cheese Cups for $3.

Ultimate Sounds DJ's will be at Rix's Rooftop. They will also be having drink and shot specials throughout the day and FREE Corned Beef Sliders with drink purchase.

At the Roche Bar, DJ's J-Me & Me II will have all the sounds to make you wanna get down!

DJ's will be bumping the beats of all sorts on both the main floor and upstairs at Blackfish through the day and into the evening too.

Tailgators starts off Pub Crawl afternoon with the live sounds of Chain Reaction. Following them is Homewrecker. Between sets, Lightning Larry will be on the DJ decks.

The Outpost will be rocking with 3 different bands on the stage throughout the festivities of the day. 86 Noodles kick it off early in the day. After them, Ulterior Motive takes the stage and the evening will be capped off with Blue Blaze.

Other establishments will have something special planned for the day. Watch our Facebook page for the latest updates.

Check out the map to see all the places the party buses are stopping. To hop on a bus, you need a wristband. They are available for $10 each til 6pm on March 9th ($15 after 6pm that night) and are available at all the participating pubs and the Blue Water Area CVB.

Use the hashtag #PHPubCrawl on your social media and share with the world about how your partied on the day.

There's also a couple other events happening in March in Port Huron to get you in the Irish spirit too.

The Citadel Stage is presenting The Irish Wake of Patty O'Toole weekends through St. Patrick's Day weekend. 

McMorran Place will have the party atmosphere of a Dublin pub on Friday, March 23rd when the Irish Comedy Tour comes to town.

To find out more about these events along with many other things happening in the Blue Water Area this month, Discover The Blue's event page.