30 teams compete.
The North Channel Sturgeon Classic (NCSC) is a fishing contest with cash prizes, totaling $2,500, awarded for the 3 longest lake sturgeon caught and digitally registered by cell phone during the 14-hour fishing period.
The Classic is the only Catch-and-Release Lake Sturgeon Fishing Tournament in the Great Lakes area.
A mandatory Captain’s meeting will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18th at the Pearl Beach Lions Club building prior to the bump board pick up.
Fishing will take place from 6pm, Saturday, Sept. 18 overnight to 8am, Sunday, September 19.
All proceeds from The Classic will be used to accomplish the charitable purposes of the Pearl Beach Lions and Sturgeon for Tomorrow.
The purpose of the tournament is to showcase Clay Township, the “Sturgeon Angling Capitol of Michigan”, to create awareness of this special local fish and fishery, and to promote ethical and sustainable fishing while protecting this threatened species.
Excess profits from this charity tournament are used to protect lake sturgeon and to help the seeing impaired. It is a fun event that gives anglers the opportunity to interact with others who are like minded and to share their experiences.
Anglers who have not fished for lake sturgeon will be able to learn the techniques and how to properly handle and release these large fish. We hope this will be an ongoing event that will bring tourism to the area and will promote local commerce.
What: 7th Annual North Channel Sturgeon Classic
When: September 18-29, 2021
Where: Pearl Beach Lions Club (9590 Phelps Rd, Clay Township, MI)
Cost: $200.00 per team
Time: Fishing times are from 6:00pm on Saturday, September 18, 2021, until 8:00am on Sunday, September 19, 2021 with awards ceremony to follow. A short captain’s meeting will be held on Saturday. (Prizes based on 30 teams.)