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  • Michigan Muskegon

    Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Championship

    The world’s top 50 professional anglers will compete in Michigan’s world-class fisheries for the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, Sept. 18-21 in Escanaba.

  • With trout, walleye, salmon, perch, muskie and bass ready to bite, Michigan is home to some of the best freshwater fishing anywhere. The four Great Lakes. The state's world-class fisheries will be on display September 18-21 when the Bassmaster Elite Series Angler of the Year Championship takes to the lakes surrounding Escanaba. The event will bring the top 50 profeesional angers - and their fans - to Escanaba to crown the 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year.

    While this elite tournament will be in Michigan for four days, the state offers endless opportunities for the big catch, on four Great Lakes, 11,000 inland lakes and hundreds of rivers and streams. As fall color starts to sweep across the state, there is no better time to be out on the sparkling blue wasters, casting a line.

    And don’t forget about Michigan ice fishing. Drill through the ice, set your line and anticipate the thrill of the “tip up.” Bluegill, smelt, crappie and walleye are popular ice fishing species. Ice fishing in Michigan is a time-honored activity, providing a traditional Michigan winter experience.

    Two days twice a year, families and friends can enjoy Michigan Fishing, for FREE! All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. Residents and outstate visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes' waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply. Dates for the 2015 Free Fishing are scheduled for this winter: February 14 and 15 and June 13 and 14, 2015.

    So troll the waters, cast your line and experience the wealth of fishing opportunities in Pure Michigan.