2017 Youth Contest Winners

 Winners in the 2017 Grand Haven Steelheaders Youth Contest include Joy Wolfe with a Lake Trout weighing 9 lbs., 8 ozs. caught on the "Coyote" with Captain Rich Wilson and Sage VanderWall with a Steelhead weighing 11 lbs., 11 ozs. caught on the "Block and Tackle" captained by Paul VanderWall. Youths must be 12 years of age or younger and must fight and land the fish themselves. Boats must be owned by GH Steelheader members who are entered the free Yearlong Contest..


A year long youth fishing contest for youth anglers up to age 12 .

There is NO registration form to complete.

All required information can be recorded on the weigh-in form.

Note that for this contest—all entries must be submitted by Sept. 6, 2017.

The awards will take place at the Salmon Festival Big King Contest weigh-in.

ELIGIBILITY: Youth anglers must be 12 years of age or younger at the time of the catch.

They must be accompanied by an adult member of the Grand Haven Steelheaders who is SIGNED UP for the YEARLONG CONTEST. The youth angler must 'fight' and land the fish.

CONTEST SPECIES: Chinook salmon, Coho Salmon, Steelhead, Brown Trout, Lake Trout

 WEIGH-IN: Fish must be weighed on a designated scale. The weigh-in form must be filled out completely including youth angler's date of birth. The form must also be signed by the GH Steelheader member. 

The weigh-in form must be presented by the contestant to the contest chairman, by mail or in


Weigh-in forms are available at the weigh-in sites

 Scales are located at Lake View Tackle in Grand Haven & Fish On Bait and Tackle in Spring Lake.

Emergency weigh in can be scheduled by phone with Nelson and Chris Nienhuis at:

Home: 616-846-0863     Nienhuis: Cell: 616-638-3684

Weigh-in, if necessary, can also be done on a commercial certified scale - indicate business name on form along with information on the youth angler. Pictures are encouraged but not required.

 Weight forms should be mailed to Rich Wilson, contest chairman

SCORING:   All fish will be judged by weight only.  
FISHING AREA: All Michigan waters of Lake Michigan, Lake Michigan drowned river mouths,  inland waters

YOUTH CONTEST CLOSING DATE: All entries must be submitted by Sept. 6, 2017

 AWARDS:  Awards will be given for each of the categories. The presentations will take place at the Grand Haven Steelheaders Salmon Festival Big Fish contest weigh-in on Sept. 16, 2017   (weather date September 17)

 Contest Chairman:  Rich Wilson     693 W. Dansville Road         Mason, Michigan 48854

                  517-676-2920 – home          517-230-3671 - cell 

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