The Captains Platter Fishing Contest
Normally held the 2nd weekend in June, the Duluth Squadron hosts its well renowned Captain’s Platter Fishing Contest. This traditional contest was started in 2004 by a small handful of members. The first couple of years the contest had 25-30 contestants. As the popularity of this event increased, it has grown to hundreds of participants. In 2021 the format was changed from a 1 day event on Saturday to a 2 day extravaganza (full day Saturday and ½ day Sunday). The parking area includes many styles of sleeping quarters including campers, ice lodges, RV’s, and even tents. The dock wall is lined from start to end with boats and rafting up a few wide is not uncommon. This contest is open to all members and the general public. Local businesses, merchants and even participants donate many door prizes. Participants fish both Lake Superior and the St. Louis River basin. There are 5 classes of fish for the contest – Lake Trout, Brown Trout, King Salmon, Coho Salmon, and Walleye. Participants and volunteers are welcome to stay at the dock for the night and enjoy a late night campfire to discuss “the big one that got away” and other fishing tales. Vessel Safety Checks (VSC) are available starting Friday until the contest ends. The last few years, all participants have displayed current year VSC decals on their boats. We also have a membership table set up to encourage participants to join America’s Boating Club® – Duluth Squadron. This is a great event for the Duluth Squadron to showcase our dock facility to the volunteers, vendors, non-members and members.