The Tri-Cities Kiwanis Salmon Tournaments combine support for pediatric care with a fun day of energetic and enjoyable fishing for young patients, sponsors and guests!
Tri-Cities Kiwanis understands that care for pediatric injury and illness starts at home, but sometimes requires dedicated facilities in West Michigan and beyond. All net proceeds of our two annual Salmon Tournaments support pediatric care locally at North Ottawa Community Health System (NOCH), regionally at DeVos Children's Hospital, and nationally at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Tournament sponsors are assigned to professional charter boats for a morning of exciting salmon fishing on Lake Michigan. Each boat holds up to six participants, and sponsors can invite anyone they wish — family, friends, employees or customers.
The tournament also offers fishing opportunities for young patients currently undergoing treatment at DeVos Children's Hospital, and sponsorship of patient VIP boats is available.
Boats Depart at 5:45 a.m. from Chinook Pier, Grand Haven. Refreshments are available before departure. Boats Return at 12:00 p.m. to Chinook Pier and all fish are sent to weigh-in. A hot dog lunch is provided. A short program precedes the awarding of prizes.
Grand prizes are awarded for the largest fish in Sponsor and Patient VIP categories. Recent prizes have included boat cruises, chartered fishing trips, and even a brand new kayak! Food, prizes and gifts for sponsors and VIPs are often donated by West Michigan individuals and businesses.
Inclement weather: Our charter captains make the call on Tournament morning if the weather is not suitable. Unless travel is unsafe, sponsors and participants should come to Chinook Pier. In the event the tournament is canceled, each set of participants may set up a separate day and time to fish with their assigned charter.