Ready, set FISH!
The annual event boasts guaranteed prizes of $3,000 for the first place salmon, and $2,000 for the first place trout. Second through eighth place will also receive cash prizes in both categories.
Three days of pre-fishing started on Monday, which serve as a kickoff to the event. For each day, a $250, $150, and $100 cash prize were paid to the first, second, and third largest fish, respectively.
The derby will begin at 5 a.m. Saturday and end at noon on Sunday. Official derby hours are from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and 5 a.m. to noon on Sunday.
There will be a captains’ meeting at 8 p.m. Friday at the boat launch. Any rule changes and clarification of rules will be explained.
Registrant fees for the derby will be $25 per person. All registration tickets must be purchased before the start of fishing on Saturday. No tickets will be sold after 9 a.m. on Saturday. Derby tickets are available at Wheaty’s Pub, Garden Sport Shop, Schoolcraft County Chamber of Commerce, Paul’s Plumbing and Appliance, Top-O-Lake Sport and Gift Shop and Linda’s Bread Box and Sporting Goods.
Eighty percent payback of registration fees will be funding the prizes. There will also be numerous door prizes and drawings.
Prizes will be based on the greatest weight, with length serving as a tie-breaker.
The fish must be an indigenous salmon or trout caught in Lake Michigan during derby hours, by a registered contestant, from a registered boat.
Each paid entrant may claim only one prize in each division, and must be present to win. For more information, call 341-8264.