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NorthWest MIchigan Fishing Club (NWMIFishing Club)   represents the Northwest Lake Michigan area (Manistee through GT Bays) as a voice for charter and recreational fishermen and women in the Lake Michigan  and inland lakes in our area.
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Well, conditions could have been worse, and today wasn’t easy.  We could have had slush and thin ice, but we didn’t.  We had high winds and 5” of sideways snow all day and that kept us buttoned up in 12 shanties. The Silver Lake pike only cooperated 3 times all day with 2 hit and runs.

Anyway, this was the biggest veteran turnout of all of our winter outings, with a lot of family members. The previous Long Lake, Duck Lake, Lake Skegemog, were all better weather, but that didn’t affect the participation today.

By my count, we had 12 veterans with many family members and friends from North Carolina, local region and Saginaw as well.  A total of right around 30 people seems about right.

A big thanks to Bucs Bait for large amounts of sucker chubs, perch minnows and waxworms. They are always a consistent donator who routinely support our local fishing club and ever TFO event we have helped with.  Thanks Buc’s Bait.

A special thank you to Maxine and Matt Marciniak for hosting this thing, Matt Cobb and family for all the labor of setting up and taking down as well. Lunch was on target and really hit the spot.

Thanks to all the vets for their service, their sacrifices, and their eagerness to brave the storm. Great memories were created today.

Next event is The 6th Annual Interlochness tournament in February.
Interlochness 6

3 County Ice Fishing Tournament

2022 Rules

Registration for this event is at Long Lake Grocery.  No registration will be taken after 9am Saturday February 19th.  Waivers must be physically signed at registration.

This is Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend. No fishing license required.

Although a fishing license is not required this weekend, all Michigan DNR fishing regulations are to be followed.  Any non-legal fish brought to the weigh-in will be disqualified.  Any person found to get a Michigan fishing violation during the tournament will not be allowed to weigh a fish the entire weekend.

Anglers may fish any body of water within Grand Traverse, Leelanau, and Benzie County – Including Lake Michigan.

Anglers must pick at least one division in the tournament.  You cannot have multiple entries in the same division.  But you may upgrade the size of your fish in that division at any time.  But only one entry/per person/per division.  There is no limit on the amount of different divisions each angler chooses. Entry for each division is $20 per person. Example:  One angler might want to register for the Perch and the Walleye Divisions. This would be ($20 x 2 divisions) = $40 Entry Fee.  3 Divisions $60, 4 Divisions $80 etc.

The tournament begins with lines in at 6am, Saturday, February 19th 2022, and ends with lines out at 3pm Sunday February 20th, 2022.  The weigh-in closes at 4pm.  As long as you are in line to weigh your fish by 4pm, your fish will be weighed.

All fish brought to the weigh-in must be free of ice and snow to get an accurate weight.  Otherwise, they will not be weighed.

There will be on-site cash pay-outs for each division for the top three fish based on weight. If there is a tie in weight, we will measure the fish and length will determine the winner. Anglers will only be allowed to enter one fish per division!

1st Place – 50%

2nd Place – 30%

3rd Place – 20%

15% goes to NWMI Fishing Club.

The awards ceremony will be at Long Lake Grocery immediately after the weigh-in has closed.

Good Luck to all and thanks to the crew at Long Lake Grocery for the location, registration, money tracking and everything