There are many places for anglers to try their luck, and Ludington has such a great variety of fish. The area also has great charter captains.
Fish on for Freedom in Ludington
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June 2015 marked the inaugural event, “Fish on For Freedom”, held in our home waters of Ludington as a token of thanks from our community to the men and women that have sacrificed so much in making this nation what it is today.
The nonprofit organization took applications for the tournament and then notified all participants of their acceptance into the event.
In 2019, veterans participated in a free salmon fishing trip on 32 charter boats with captains to guide the trip. The captains line up their boats for a 6am tournament-style shotgun start outside the pierheads, then head off to fish until 12pm, when a welcome home procession led by the United States Coast Guard and Ludington Fire Patrol boat enter the harbor. After the boats are docked, participants are honored at a weigh-in event and luncheon for all guests and volunteers of the morning’s activities. After the fish have been weighed, guests fed, and fishing stories exchanged, awards are given for the day’s fishing activities.
The evening before the event, veterans are treated to a Meet & Greet with their captain and crew for the day of the tournament. All Participants must be present to register for the Thursday event.
The event was canceled in 2020 and 2021 due to concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus but organizers are hopeful that it will return in 2022.
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More Fishing in Ludington...
Here you will find past fishing reports for the Ludington area, including Lake Michigan, PM Lake, PM River, and Hamlin Lake.
You’ll find personal, friendly, and cozy accommodations at a Ludington Bed & Breakfast, many of which are located within Victorian homes.
The very popular Ludington Offshore Classic Fishing Tournament sponsored by Captain Chuck’s takes place each July in Ludington.
Ludington fishing tournaments give anglers a chance to add a little money to their pocket in addition to the fish in their bucket.
No matter your experience level, Ludington area charter captains will guide you in what to bring and what to expect on the big lake.
“Fish on For Freedom” is a non-profit event that provides a free day of fishing to military veterans on Lake Michigan.
Find out what’s biting and where fish are being caught in the Ludington area. Fishing reports by local charter captains, DNR, fisherman.