2018 WALLEYES FOR WARRIORS EVENT SUMMARY
First, let us start by saying "THANK YOU" for all you have done to help make Walleyes for Warriors the special event it is. We “Welcome Home” our veterans and thank them for all they have done for our country with a special day of recreational fishing on Saginaw Bay.
It will soon be time for this year’s Walleyes for Warriors veteran fishing event. This will be our second year at Linwood Beach Marina, 135 S. Linwood Beach Road, Linwood, Michigan. This year’s dates are June 8th and 9th. This is a change from last year. The event has previously been on Father’s Day weekend. We have moved the date up one week.
If you have attended in the past, you know how meaningful this event is to our veterans. We honor them for their service to our country by offering this free event for them.
Last year we had 116 boat captains and almost 210 veterans who participated. We caught 917 walleyes. We were pleased to have three World War II veterans who fished. Their ages were 91, 92 and 95.
It was a beautiful day on Saginaw Bay. Please take a few minutes to look at our pictures from last year’s event. Fortunately, it was not as hot as initially forecast. 2018 was our first year operating out of Linwood Beach Marina & Campground. We are grateful for their assistance. Our Veterans were able to spend more time fishing due to our new location.
Volunteers cleaned the walleyes and fillets were given to all veterans in souvenir cooler bags. Several prizes were raffled off. The longest walleye was 27¾ inches and the second longest walleye was 24¾ inches. The longest fish was mounted for this veteran. Our veterans were served both a lunch on Saturday, box lunch while fishing and a dinner on Sunday.
Walleyes for Warriors has a specific mission. It is to provide a weekend event of fishing and fellowship to our veterans, to thank them for their service and say “Welcome Home”. Saginaw Bay is an outstanding walleye fishery. We want veterans to experience this.
Bay City Elks Lodge 88 coordinates and sponsors the event. The Elks were honored to be asked by Nels Larsen to take over the event and have been working diligently to ensure the legacy Nels founded lives on.
THANK YOU for your involvement. We hope to hear from you soon and look forward to seeing you on June 8th and 9th. GOD BLESS AMERICA, and as we say in the Elks, So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will NEVER forget them.
Walleyes for Warriors is presented by Bay City Elks Lodge No. 88. Our IRS Tax Exempt 501(c)(3) ID Number is 31954.