Ludington Offshore Fishing Tournament

July 16-22, 2020

Lake Michigan fishing yields some great salmon, and now's your chance to grab some big money along with those fish! The Ludington Offshore Classic sponsored by Captain Chuck's takes place July 16-22, 2020. Over $87,000 in cash and prizes were awarded in 2017. This tournament is open to any boat 18' or longer equipped with a marine radio. Shotgun starts are at 6am and by 2pm, all boats must be inside the pier heads (except for Youth Tournament, where boats must be in by noon). Weigh-ins are at 3pm at Waterfront Park.

The 2018 winner in the pro division was the crew of My Tyme and they claimed the $10,000 top prize. The amateur division was won by Got Fish?, based out of Manistee. The big fish winner was the crew from In-U-Endo, which reeled in a king salmon weighing 27.2 pounds. Over 100 boats entered this year's tournament. The winner of the Big Boys competition was the team from Work-N-Bites/Diabolical for a 28.8 lb. king salmon. They took home $21,700 for first place plus $1,000 for the biggest fish. There were 31 entries for the $31,000 purse.

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Payouts are based upon number of entries. Anticipated winnings for the top three places are:

Ruboy Thursday Shoot-Out
$3,000 1st Place
$1,500 2nd Place
$700 3rd Place
$500 Big Fish Prize

West Shore Bank Youth Classic (17 years and younger)
$3,000 1st Place
$2,000 2nd Place
$1,000 3rd Place

Ladies Pro/Am
$1,000 1st place each division
$500 1st place each division, Big Fish

Off-Shore Classic Pro/Am
$10,000 1st Place Pro (based on 30 boats). 100% payout guaranteed.

Fish Hawk Big Fish Tournament
$2,000 1st Place
$1,500 2nd Place
$1,000 3rd Place

Ludington Offshore Classic Big Boys

Some have called the Ludington tournament one of most organized and best run tournaments in four states, and it is the largest freshwater salmon tournament in the United States.


Ludington Offshore Fishing Classic Schedule of Events:

All tournaments begin at 6am and end at 2pm, except for the Youth Classic, which ends at noon.

Shotgun Start, 6am.
Boats must be inside Ludington Pierheads, 2pm.
Weigh-in, 3pm.
Betten Baker Ford and Dreamweaver Lure provide free beer and brats to all participants.
Awards immediately following weigh-in.
Captain's Meeting 5:30pm at Waterfront Park Tent Site.

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Shotgun Start, 6am.
Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads, 12pm.
Weigh-in, 11am-1pm, tournament tent.

BUD LIGHT LADIES PRO/AM & BIG FISH (entry fee $100 per amateur/pro team
Shotgun Start, 6am.
Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads, 2pm.
Weigh-in, 12pm-3pm, tournament tent.
Awards immediately following weigh-in.
On-site registration, 3-7pm, tournament tent.
Ludington Offshore Classic Pro/Am Captains' meeting, 7pm, Waterfront Park.

Saturday & Sunday
Shotgun Start, 6am.
Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads, 2pm.
Weigh-in, 10am-3pm, tournament tent.
Awards immediately following weigh-in, tournament tent.

The Fish Hawk Big Fish Tournament will be held during the Ludington Offshore Classic Pro/Am Tournament.

Registration opens, 5pm.
Big boys tournament Captains Meeting, 6:15pm, Waterfront Park.

Tuesday & Wednesday
Shotgun Start, 6am.
Boats must be inside the Ludington Pierheads, 2pm.
Weigh-in, 10am-3pm, tournament tent.
Awards immediately following weigh-in, tournament tent.

For more information, contact the Ludington and Scottville Chamber of Commerce at (231) 845-0324 or (800) 783-4456. Also see the official website at for registration and more information.

Check out Ludington Lodging for places to stay during the Offshore Fishing Classic and Ludington Restaurants for great places to eat.

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For more activities & attractions, check out these additional links for Things to Do in West Michigan:

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Ludington Activities & Things to Do -- Play on a beautiful beach, take a tour at Historic White Pine Village, or explore the barn quilt trail, murals or sculptures in the county--Ludington offers many fun things to do for the entire family!
Have Fun in Manistee, Michigan -- Explore Manistee's historic downtown district and riverwalk, hike the Manistee National Forest, canoe on the Manistee River, and more.
Hamlin Lake -- Just 4 miles north of Ludington, Hamlin Lake is a great destination for boating, fishing and climbing dunes! The Hamlin Lake shoreline is also part of the Ludington State Park.
Silver Lake Sand Dunes -- Visiting the Silver Lake Sand Dunes makes for a terrific vacation because you can take your off-road vehicle for a spin on the scenic sand dunes overlooking Lake Michigan and Silver Lake.
Things to Do in Pentwater, Michigan -- Nothing is quite like the quaint, artsy, harbortown village of Pentwater. Don't miss the popular Charles Mears State Park beach on Pentwater's Lake Michigan shoreline.
Lots of Activities in Scottville, Michigan -- Explore the Riverside Park along the National Scenic Pere Marquette River.
Canoeing or Fishing on the Pere Marquette River -- Many boat liveries offer canoe rentals.
Also, check out West Michigan Guides and our locally produced directory for our largest lists of Things to Do in West Michigan.

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