Veterans Appreciation Fishing Day: Veterans 2019 Application

Vets Fishing Day 2019 Poster

The South Shore Fishing Association, along with their members and corporate sponsors, are honored to host a U.P. Veterans Appreciation Fishing Day on Saturday August 24th, 2019 at Marquette’s Upper and Lower Harbors.  Fishing will take place from 7:30 to 1:00pm, Eastern Daylight Time, followed by a Veteran’s boat parade in the Lower Harbor and FREE barbeque at Marquette’s Tourist Park.

This is year six of what has become an annual event. The event is FREE and by application only. Fishing will be for the veteran and will not include family members. Family will join their veteran for a barbeque after the fishing event and Veterans boat parade.

Veterans will be matched up with boats and experienced captains/crew for a fun day of fishing.  Vessels, fuel, gear and bait will be provided at no cost to the veteran.  Since weather can change on a dime, we ask that each participant be dressed appropriately for all conditions. If fishing is canceled due to weather, the afternoon barbeque will proceed as planned.

There are a limited number of fishing spaces, so all applicants must submit their form as soon as possible, but no later than July 1, 2019 to be considered by our selection committee.

Of note:  If there are more veterans than available boats, we will use certain criteria for selection.  First year applicants will be given priority over those who have enjoyed a previous event. Priority will go to those who are disabled as a direct result of combat (as described on the veteran application form).  Next consideration will be those awarded the Purple Heart and POWs.  All things being equal, age will be the tie breaker (oldest first).  If we are unable to place an applicant on a boat this year, preference for selection in 2019 will be granted over those who fished this year. All efforts will be made to accommodate those with disabilities; however we may be limited due to available boats capable of handling wheel chairs and similar considerations.  Again, please ensure applications are submitted as soon as possible.

Applicants will be notified of their selection and provided with a detailed breakdown of the day’s events.

Please mail completed application forms to:

South Shore Fishing Association
P.O. Box 214
Marquette, MI 49855

If you have any questions please call Bill Haupt at (906) 475-7719 or Jim Hetrick at (906) 250-6190. Or email South Shore at