White Lake is a great fishery for Large and Smallmouth Bass, Pike, Bluegill, Crappie and, “according to legend”, Walleye. Each year the WLCL sponsors a spring and a fall fishing tournament for members. These family friendly events are a great time to show off your fishing skills (or luck). The spring fishing tournament is held during the Michigan Free Fishing Weekend, so anyone can participate without buying a license. These events include coffee for anglers at sign-in, give-a-ways for participants and prizes for the winners.
Grab your gear, grab the kids and let’s go fishing!
The 2021 WLCL Fishing Tournament dates are:
NOTE: We will abide by all State of Michigan Recommendations for dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. Rules subject to change. Contact Tournament Directory for update info.
TEAM REGULATIONS: At least one person on participating boats MUST be a current dues paying member of the White Lake Citizens League. WLCL dues are $25 and will be accepted at the time of the Tournament. There is no limit to the amount of fishermen per boat (boat capacity applies).
TOURNAMENT HOURS AND REGISTRATION COSTS: Tournament registration will be from 6:00 am – 7:00 am at the White Lake Inn boat dock. Registration tournament entry cost is $30 per boat. Tournament start is 7:00 am. Tournament ends at Noon at the docks of the White Lake Inn via air horn sound.
PERMITTED FISHING METHODS AND TACKLE: All fish must be caught legally in the mouth on a rod and reel. No other means of angling may be used. All fish must be caught live and in a conventional manner. Trolling and fly fishing are allowed; No BOWFISHING. All fishermen must abide to MDNR regulations for licenses, fish size, and boating safety. Tournament is open to all species of fish with the EXCEPTION of Carp. All fish caught must be caught on White Lake in Oakland County, Michigan.
SCORING AND AWARDS: Only fish caught between the time of 7:00 am & Noon on the day of the tournament are eligible for prize entry. Fish must be live for measurement . All catches are judged to the discretion of the Tournament Director. All decisions are final. Combined weight of 3 largest fish per boat only for prizes regardless of the number of fish caught and people on boat. Prizes will be awarded for the following categories: Largest one fish (weight), Largest combined weight of 3 fish or less per boat (1st & 2nd places) and Special prizes: Largest walleye; Largest Fish: Youths under 13 years old. Tie breaker is overall length of largest fish. Cash prize amounts will be determined by Fishing Tournament Director, based on participation and categories.
The Michigan Department of Community Health, which issues fish advisories for all water bodies in Michigan, indicates that the levels of contaminants in White Lake are relatively good in comparison to other inland lakes, and especially good in comparison to rivers and the Great Lakes. The current statewide advisory more than adequately provides safeguards for consumption of fish from White Lake. Information regarding advisories and consumption of fish is available at www.michigan.gov/fishandgameadvisory