Baraga Trout Fest kicks off Saturday

L’ANSE — The 12th Annual Baraga County Lake Trout Festival will take place all day Saturday, which coincides with Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend — no fishing license necessary.

Baraga County has been named the Lake Trout Capital of the Great Lakes and the free festival will combine the Keweenaw Classic Fishing Tournament with family-oriented fun events, according to a release from organizers.

The event will include food and drink booths, coffee and baked goods, arts and crafts booths, a junk art contest and sidewalk art, kids’ games and carnival, a ducky river contest and kids’ fishing pond. The event will also include the Little Miss Superior Talent contest and coloring contest.

The festival also has a pie-eating contest, and cardboard boat races. For the more competitive, there’s the 1/2 marathon, 8-mile run-walk, 5K and a kids 1/4 mile run, all sponsored by the Baraga County Memorial Hospital Fitness Center.

The fishing tournament will have separate classes for lake trout and salmon with many cash and merchandise awards as well as door prizes. Last year’s first-place winners in each category took home $1,200. All events will take place in the Waterfront Park and Marina in downtown L’Anse. In case of inclement weather, the festival will be held Sunday.

For entry forms and information, visit

For maps and accommodation information, visit the website of Baraga County Convention and Visitors Bureau (, or call 800-743-4908, Monday through Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For fishing tournament information and details, contact Steve Koski 906-395-1282,

And for running information, go to


• The Barage County Lake Trout Festival is set for all day Saturday at the Waterfront Park and Marina in downtown L’Anse.

• The Keweenaw Bay Classic Fishing Tournament will start the day at 5 a.m.

• Vendors will open at 11 a.m. and a kids carnival will kick off at noon.

• To view a full list of events, visit