Get your poles ready, and sharpen those hooks! The 2017 Fishing Contest kicked off on May 1 (or whenever that season starts for that species) and runs through September 1, 2017.

Thornapple Association Hook ‘Em and Heave ‘Em Fishing Contest
(For Kids 18 and Under Only)

Who Can Enter: 
All dues paying Thornapple Association members’ children and grand children (18 years old and under).

To Win: 
Catch the largest fish in one of the following categories on the Thornapple River between the Ada and Cascade dam:

A: Small Mouth Bass 
B: Large Mouth Bass 
C: Northern Pike 
D: Catfish 
E: Bluegill 
F: Walleye
G: Sunfish
H: Rock Bass

All species must be caught between May 1, 2017 (or whenever the season starts for that particular species) and September 1, 2017.

To Enter: 
A: Take a picture of your fish next to a ruler or tape measure (HINT: keep a camera and a tape measure in your tackle box) 
B: Write your name, fish type, weight and length of fish and date caught on the back of your photo. 
D: Submit your photo to the Grand Marshall via USPS or email
E: You are encouraged to throw back your fish. (This is optional but will score points with the Grand Marshall)

Largest fish caught (and documented) in each category listed above wins $100. 
Anglers can enter more than one category. 
PLEASE NOTE: Maximum prize money one angler can receive is $200.
Winners will be announced in September 2017 on this website and via US Mail!

Grand Prize: 
The largest fish caught of all the above species wins an additional $100.

Grand Marshall: 
Anne Pynnonen 7114 Gladys SE Grand Rapids 49546  or

Photos and winners will be posted on the Association’s website!

Remember: Association Members' Kids or Grandkids 18 and Under

Great job, anglers! Ten kids entered the Hook 'em and Heave 'em 2016 Fishing Contest last year.  Winners received $100 for the largest of each species caught with a $100 bonus for the largest overall fish. All kids entering the contest who did not have the largest in any category received $25 in worm money for next year because the Grand Marshall is a softy who likes to see kids fishing. We'd love to see even more participation in 2017! Click on the image below the winners' list for a slide show!

Winners of the 2016 contest were:

 Chloe C  Catfish  25 inches  Grand Prize Winner!
 Ben K  Bluegill  8 inches  Winner!
 Annelise K  Rock Bass  6 inches  Winner!
 Ben K  Small Mouth Bass  15  inches  Winner!
Click on image below for a slide show of this year's anglers and their catch!