Lake Trout Festival will take over L’Anse Saturday

The biggest event of the summer in Baraga County takes place tomorrow as the ninth annual Lake Trout Festival looks to bring the fishing community together.

The competition starts bright and early as fishermen will be on the waters at the crack of dawn for the Keweenaw Bay Classic Fishing Tournament, which involves catching five tagged fish to win $1,000 for each one caught.

Event coordinator Steve Koski says the tournament brings in people from all across the U.P.

“The tournament itself is big. Last year, we had 120 boats in it,” he said. “This year we may have a few less because there’s been a rumor that there’s been ice in the bay, but there is not, obviously. You’re looking at it right behind me.”

Among the other events going on will be an arts and crafts fair, a kids carnival, the Little Miss Superior Talent Competition and much more.

“There’s races. There’s road races and bike races. There’s volleyball tournaments and food vendors. All kinds of other vendors that are from all over the place. There’s a ducky race. There’s a junkyard contest. There’s a queen candidate. There’s music. There’s food,” said Koski.

Admission is free and all events will be held at the L’Anse Waterfront Park.