It’s fishing derby time across area

Following the rescheduling of last weekend’s fishing derby in Marquette, Lake Superior anglers in the central Upper Peninsula set their sights on waters off Munising.

That’s the chosen spot this weekend as the annual Munising Trout and Salmon Classic is set for Saturday and Sunday.

This should be a fun tourney that kicks off with the captain’s meeting at 7 this evening at Shooters Firehouse Brewpub in Munising.

Sponsored by the Munising Volunteer Fire Department, the derby has a guaranteed purse of $6,000, including $2,000 for first place in the salmon category and $2,000 for first place in the trout division.

There is a little glitch, though, with that same persistant ice that delayed the Spring Shootout in Marquette hampering angling efforts off Alger County, as well. However, Munising Bay is open and the salmon division will go on as planned, but the trout division might be canceled due to the lingering ice mass.

There are a couple area fishing tournaments that come on the heels of the Munising event, including one out of Baraga County and another on Lake Michigamme.

The ninth annual Baraga County Lake Trout Festival is set for June 7-8. The fishing tournament will have separate classes for lake trout and salmon with many cash and merchandise awards, as well as door prizes. Last year’s first-place winners in each category won nearly $1,200. In addition, if someone catches a specially tagged fish it will be worth $1,000.

Besides the fishing, the festival offers a wide variety of other activities, including such family oriented events as a kids’ carnival, “Little Miss Superior” contest, kids’ fishing pond, pie-eating contest, beach volleyball tournament, Pequaming Run and 1/2 Marathon, junk art contest, cribbage tournament and a bicycle race sponsored by the Fitness Center at Baraga County Memorial Hospital.

There will also be food and drink booths, the “Ducky River Race” an art and crafts fair and music by area musicians.

All events will take place in the Waterfront Park and Marina in downtown L’Anse.

For entry forms and more information, visit www.laketroutfestival.com or contact Steve Koski at Indian Country Sports at 524-6518 or icsports@up.net.

Over on Lake Michigamme there is a little different type of fishing derby on June 7. This one aims to remove as many stunted rock bass as possible out of the lake to help improve conditions for more favored game fish, such as walleye.

Prizes include $50 for the smallest rock bass and $150 for the largest. In addition, there is a heaviest limit of 25 rock bass category, with $300 for first place, $100 for second and $50 for third.

Organized by the Lake Michigamme Property Owners Association, the event will take place at the Michigamme Pavilion Park and Brown Road access site.

Registration is $5 per person and includes a hot dog lunch at noon. Children 12 years old and younger can participate for free.

Pre-registration is from 6 to 8 p.m. next Friday at Van Riper State Park. The day of the event, registration will open at 7:30 a.m. at the pavilion and access site. Judging and awards and prizes presentations will begin at 1 p.m. at the pavilion.

The Baraga County and Lake Michigamme tournaments happen to fall on the state’s summer free fishing weekend, which is when residents and non-residents can fish without a fishing license.

Then on June 14, the postponed Spring Shootout mentioned earlier is set to be held. Hopefully, Lake Superior off of Marquette will be free of ice and the marinas and docks will be filled with boaters who want to get out and have some fun trolling for trout and salmon.

Updated information on this tourney will be printed later.

Editor’s note: City Editor Dave Schneider can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 270.