2023 Michigan Youth Bowfishing Championship
When: Saturday, May 27
Register here: ONLINE REGISTRATION
Tournament hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Headquarters are at *Bay City State Park on Saginaw Bay
3582 State Park Dr, Bay City, MI 48706
Boundaries are the west shoreline of Saginaw Bay from the mouth of the Saginaw River to the mouth of the Au Gres River, plus as far as you can travel inland by boat on any connecting tributary.
*A MI DNR Recreation Passport is required for all vehicles
Cost: 100% free to all participants.
No B.A.M. membership required.
Contact: Brian at BrianDGilson@gmail.com
Divisions: 10 and under, 11-14, and 15-18 for each boys and girls
Heaviest three fish win each division
Big fish prizes also awarded for heaviest fish
3D target range for youngsters and non-bowfishers
What To Bring
- Polarized sunglasses for the child(ren), and parent. Polarized sunglasses help cut through the reflection on the water to see fish. Amazon has a lot of great options, and our favorite lens color is yellow or amber.
- Sunscreen, for obvious reasons.
- A hat can be helpful to keep the sun out of a youngster’s eyes.
- Boat snacks & drinks. Definitely one of the most important items on the boat!
- This is a youth tournament only, No adult shooters.
- All participants must be accompanied by an adult 18 & over.
- Only fish taken by spear or bow and arrow will be counted.
- Legal fish species include carp, gar, bowfin, buffalo, drum, goldfish, and shad. Catfish are legal to shoot in Michigan, but they will not count in the tournament, nor are they allowed in the dumpster.
- Youth shooters must either shoot targets or fish to be eligible to win prizes.
- Heaviest three fish of any combination of legal species (except catfish and bullheads) will win each division. Not all winners will shoot a fish, so the remaining winners will be decided by highest scores on the archery range.
- Archery range must be shot with equipment provided.
- Fishing time for tournament is 9:00 am until 3:00 pm. Archery scores must be shot prior to 3:00 pm finish time.
- All fish taken and brought back to shore must be turned in at tournament site for proper disposal. Exceptions are catfish and bullheads.
- Tournament shooters are responsible for choosing the three fish they want for official weigh-in.
- Adults may assist youth to shoot targets on their own by holding their arm behind the wrist and assisting to pull the bow, but the child must aim and release without assistance. If a spear is used, the child must spear the fish without adult assistance.
- Once a youth shoots or spears a fish, an adult may help the youth land the fish with a net, gaff, hands, backup arrow, or any means possible to get the fish in the boat.
- A fish can be weighed anytime during tournament hours.
- All laws from Michigan boating guidelines must be strictly followed.
- Life jackets must be worn by all youth shooters while traveling to and from fishing spots.
- Legal shooting boundaries are: the west shoreline of Saginaw Bay from the mouth of the Saginaw River in Bay City up to the mouth of the Au Gres River, plus as far as you can travel inland by boat on any connecting tributary.
- All fish must be harvested within these boundaries.
- Failure to comply with rules will result in immediate disqualification.