Fishing Contest

6:30 am

September 15, 2018

6:30 am to 12:30pm
Boats must leave from Grand Haven or fish from Grand Haven Pier
Rain date is Sunday, September 16, 2018

Road construction on Harbor Drive will make getting to the Salmon Festival a bit more challenging this year. Please plan ahead to allow extra time for traffic, parking and getting to the event site. Handicap Parking is located at the Chinook Pier parking lot with entrance to Fish Boil and Salmon Cookoff via the sidewalk at the northern end of the tent. See signage. Thank you for supporting the Salmon Festival.

The Grand Haven Steelheaders and their sponsors offer the best fishing contest on Lake Michigan! 

NAT_3862Date: Saturday, September 15, 2018
Rain Date: Sunday, September 16, 2018

Time: 6:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All fish need to be weighed in by 1:30pm with awards immediately following.

Location: Lake Michigan, Grand Haven Channel, and Grand Haven piers.

Construction on Harbor Drive will make traffic and parking for the event a bit more challenging this year so plan ahead, be patient and thank you in advance for being a continued supporter of the Salmon Festival.

The contest is open to weighing-in your biggest Chinook, Coho, Lake Trout, Steelhead, or Brown Trout

-Any boats weighing in but not placing in 1-10th place will be entered into a drawing for a $50 cash prize

Entry Fee Per Boat: $100 Early Bird Registration when you register by September 9th. Entry fee after the 9th is $110. Each entry includes a captain t-shirt. No registrations will be accepted after 8pm on Friday, September 14th.

2017 Big Fish Contest Winners:

1st Place: 2nd Sucks; Captain Bob Brown – 16.25lbs
2nd Place: In U Endo; Captain Jeremy Barber – 14.8lbs
3rd Place: Hot Spot; Captain Brett Payne – 14.05lbs
4th Place: In Pursuit; Captain Tom Hiller – 13.15lbs
5th Place: Recon; Captain Chad Servello – 12.15lbs

Tournament Payouts~

*Based on 50 Boats Entered
1st Place – $1,250
2nd Place – $625
3rd Place – $500
4th Place – $400
5th Place – $250
6-10th Place – Fishing Equipment/Tackle


To register online CLICK HERE!

Registrations will be accepted until Friday, September 14th. Please contact Mary Jane Belter with any questions at +616 842 0877.

If you have any questions about the event, please call Call Mary Jane Belter, Secretary of the Grand Haven Steelheaders at +616 842 0877 or by email

Fishing Contest Partner
Grand Haven Steelheaders

Grand Haven Steelheaders

2018 Big King Sponsors

The Grand Haven Salmon Festival is hosted by the Grand Haven Area Convention & Visitors Bureau