The Manistee Co. Sport Fishing Association’s fun fishing season is underway

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Nothing beats a friendly fishing competition on a beautiful northern Michigan lake, and that idea draws dozens of people to Manistee County every Wednesday from June through August.

The Manistee County Sport Fishing Association has held nightly Fun Fish competitions once a week since 2017. It started after hearing about a bass tournament downstate.

“We thought, man, what a great idea. But why limit yourself to bass? Let’s fish it all,” says MCSFA Board Member Phil Sedelmaier. “We have a lot of charter boats and a lot of big lake anglers coming into Manistee County. And part of the Association’s mission is to help protect and promote sport fishing in Manistee County.

Sedelmaier says few people have charter boats that allow them to fish on a large lake. But you don’t need to be on a boat to participate in the weekly competitions.

The events not only promote fishing, but also tourism in the county.

“Part of our mission is to support tourism and Manistee County,” says Sedelmaier.

While promoting sport fishing in the county, MCSFA also seeks to conserve the fish population in the area.

“That’s one of the things we insist on is keeping your fish in good shape so that after we weigh them we can release them. We don’t want a bunch of dead fish left there after we leave and we’ll actually check to make sure that doesn’t happen,” says Sedelmaier.

little fishermanFun Fish is open to all anglers of all ages and stages. You can visit the MCSFA website for dates and locations.

“People feel like you have to be a really good fisherman and you have to know what you’re doing,” says Sedelmaier. “If you’re going to do it, you don’t, because you never know what’s going to win.”

Members pay $5 to participate, non-members pay $10. It all goes towards the cost of putting on the events and towards the grand prize in each category of fish.

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