The Longest Running Fishing Tournament in the Great Lakes
Located on the waters of Thunder Bay in Alpena, Michigan, the annual Michigan Brown Trout Festival is one of Michigan’s best freshwater fishing tournament, and the longest running fishing tournament in the Great Lakes.
Over the course of the 10-day festival anglers can enjoy several different fishing tournaments including:
the one-day Lafarge Super Tournament, the Jack Daniels Ladies Classic, our Walleye Extravaganza, and more!
But if you just want to spend a few days enjoying the great fishing Thunder Bay has to offer, they have daily prizes for the largest fish, and the tournament-long leaderboard for Brown Trout, Walleye, Steelhead, Salmon, and Lake Trout.
The festival president is Peggy Donakowski.
Every year the festival plants a tagged brown trout known as Big Brownie. If an angler is skilled enough to bring in this fish, he or she wins $25,000! The fish has only been caught ONCE (2017)during the entire history of the tournament!
While visiting Alpena, go on a glass bottom boat tour of shipwrecks!
Do some more fishing over at the amazing Fletcher’s Pond in Hillman, Michigan, which is about 30 minutes west of Alpena. You can lodge and rent a boat at Jack’s Landing.
What: 46th annual Michigan Brown Trout Festival
When: July 15-24, 2022
Where: Alpena Boat Harbor (400 E. Chrisholm St, Alpena, MI)