Benzie County, Michigan is a Fisherman's Paradise -- Bring a Rod, Stay in Benzie and Hook a Big One

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Benzie County is a fisherman's paradise with 25 miles of Lake Michigan shoreline, 57 inland lakes and numerous rivers and streams. Recreational fishing experiences offer visitors a variety of fish to be caught including perch, rainbow trout, rock bass, smallmouth bass, brown trout, crappie, bluegill, lake trout, smelt, whitefish, walleye, pike, catfish, salmon and steelhead. Fishermen have the option of using waders, kayaks, small boats and charter fishing services to bring in their catch. In 2010, Benzie County will present many entertaining summer and fall pro am fishing events and tournaments.

"Big Fish" caught on a Benzie County charter fishing excursion

This area is a rich location to catch all types of fish due to the number of lakes, rivers, streams and deep water port access onto Lake Michigan out of Frankfort. Benzie County is under fished, therefore, the fish are abundant.

From the turquoise waters of Lake Michigan to sparkling inland rivers and lakes, Benzie County, Michigan is bursting with fishing opportunities for young and old. Within the borders of Benzie County are some of the Midwest's most renowned trout and salmon streams and small lake fishing, as well as, Lake Michigan which serves up big water charter fishing excursions.

According to Ray Stark, Division 31 Director of the National Bass Anglers Association, and resident of Benzie County, “This area is a rich location to catch all types of fish due to the number of lakes, rivers, streams and deep water port access onto Lake Michigan out of Frankfort. Benzie County is under fished, therefore, the fish are abundant.”

There are many fishing events that take place in Benzie County starting the end of May through September to celebrate this active sport in a place that boasts 25 miles of Lake Michigan coastline, 57 inland lakes, two great fishing rivers, and numerous streams. In addition, the National Coho Festival is held in the heart of Benzie County the third weekend in August.

In order to make a fishing getaway even more enticing, visitors who book two or more consecutive nights at one of many participating lodging locations in Benzie County can sign up for the "Passport to Fun" promotion which is being offered through October 31, 2010 and includes over fifteen free or discounted food, restaurant, sightseeing, kayak and golfing opportunities.

Special Fishing Events include:
National Bass Anglers Association Tournaments
Weekly fishing tournaments are held on Benzie County’s inland lakes, sponsored by the National Bass Anglers Association and Pro / Am Sport Fishing.

These tournaments include the Division 31 Overtime Challenge, Benzie Bass Challenge, and Junior Angler events.

National Bass Anglers Association Tournaments begin the first week of June on Thursday evenings and Saturdays through August 26. Junior Angler events will be held on May 29, June 19-20 (a Father’s Day event), July 17 and August 7, 2010. The full schedule, times, locations, and registration information are available on http://www.visitbenzie.com under “things to do” – fishing/tournaments.

National Coho Festival
August 19, 20, 21, 2010 • Honor, Michigan
The annual Coho Festival is a four-day event centralized in Honor, Michigan in Benzie County. The festival, which began in 1967, celebrates the 'salmon run' up Benzie County rivers. Honor is considered the 'birthplace' of salmon in the state of Michigan. The first salmon were planted in the Platte River in the 1960's.
Activities include a parade, state fish hatchery tours, lawn tractor races, a 5K-walk/run, an arts & crafts fair combined with a flea market, games and fun for the young, a beer tent with live entertainment and more.

Benzie Pro/Am Fishing Frenzy
August 27, 28, 29, 2010 • Frankfort, Michigan
With over $25,000 in cash and prizes this fishing contest is open to anyone. There are three Divisions with a Ladies Classic on Friday, Big Fish Only - Amateur Division, and Pro Division.

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