WALLEYES FOR WARRIORS CELEBRATES 2023!
We are proud to say 2023 will be our eleventh event! We are looking forward to building on last year's event after cancelling in 2020 and 2021 due to Covid-19. The Bay City Elks Lodge #88 and Walleyes for Warriors are dedicated to continuing this event.
This event exists to thank our veterans for all they have done for our country and provide them with a special day of recreational fishing on Saginaw Bay to show our appreciation. We truly cannot put on this event without your support.
This year's event will be at Linwood Beach Marina, 135 S. Linwood Beach Road, Linwood, Michigan. The dates are June 10th and 11th. If you have attended in the past, you know how meaningful this event is to our veterans.
In 2022 we had 102 boat captains, 94 first mates, and 203 veterans who participated. We caught 1,312 walleye! The longest walleye was 29.5 inches. This event is provided entirely by donations and volunteers. Countless hours of planning and work by volunteers, donations of money and the generosity of captains, who donate their fishing boats, gas, and time, are what makes this event a success.
We start with registration on Saturday. The veterans receive a tee shirt. meet their captain, and enjoy hotdogs and chips. On Sunday launching starts at 5:00 a.m. with the opening ceremony at 7:00 a.m. The veterans receive a box lunch. Fishing continues until 2:00 p.m. Dinner is then served followed by a short program. Volunteers clean the fish and every veteran leaves with a cooler bag filled with walleye fillets.
Bay City Elks Lodge #88 coordinates and sponsors the event. This event is put together in honor of our founder, Nels Larsen, who passed away October 8, 2020. Nels was an avid Saginaw Bay fisherman. The Elks are working diligently to ensure the legacy Nels founded continues.
Our mission is simply to provide a weekend event of fishing and fellowship to our veterans. Please consider donating in 2023.
THANK YOU for your involvement. We hope to hear from you soon. As we say in the Elks, so long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will NEVER forget them.
GOD BLESS AMERICA!
Walleyes for Warriors is presented by Bay City Elks Lodge No. 88. Our IRS Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) ID Number is 31954.