It’s time to try your luck at catching Big Brownie again! The 47th Annual Michigan Brown Trout Festival begins this weekend, Friday July 16th. 

Get in on the fishing action by joining one or more of the tournaments below:


2021 Tournaments

4th Annual Brown Trout TournamentJuly 17th – July 25th. $4,000 for 1st place Brown Trout. $2,500 for 1st place Salmon, Lake Trout, Steelhead, and Walleye. *Based on 325 registrants.

44th Annual Two Day Super TournamentJuly 24th and July 25th. Sponsored by Lappan Agency, Auto Owners Insurance, and Lafarge Holcim Presque Isle. Tentative $10,000 for 1st place. Starts 6 am and 2 pm each day.

32nd Annual White Claw Ladies Classic TournamentJuly 22nd. Sponsored in part by Alpena Beverage Co., MBTF. $1,200 for 1st place. Starts 6 am with 4 pm weigh-in.

1st Annual Youth Offshore TournamentJuly 21st. Sponsored in part by Clark Construction Co. & MBTF. Ages 12-16. Starts 6 am with 3 pm weigh-in.

1st Annual 3 Day High Stakes TournamentJuly 17th, 18th, and 19th. Winner takes all in 5 different categories. Sponsored in part by Devere Industrial LLC, Meijer, & Frank’s Great Outdoors. Starts 6 am and 2 pm each day.

7th Annual Thunder Bay Bass ClassicJuly 18th. Guaranteed $1,500 1st place. Starts 7 am with 3 pm weigh-in.

Stan Konecke/Dennis Koopikka Memorial Kids’ TournamentJuly 17th – 25th. Free to kids ages 6-16 years old.

8th Annual PNC Bank Kiddie Classic TournamentJuly 18th. Free to kids ages 1-14 years old. 7 am to 12 pm. Awards at 2 pm.

Don’t forget to check out these fun events happening all week long in the Suez Big Tent and Alpena Buick GMC Small Tent:

Suez Big Tent Events

Dr. Jerry Skiba and Matt Britton show off Lake Trout

Saturday, July 17thDueling Pianos. Presented by Friends Together and Alpena Alcona Area Credit Union. $25.00 admission. Doors open at 6:30 pm – show starts at 7:30 pm. Must be at least 21 – ID required.

Sunday, July 18thPNC Bank & MBTF Family Fun Day. Noon – 2:30 pm, free school supplies for the first 450 children in attendance ages 3-12; bike helmets by MidMichigan Medical Staff; meet Alpena Firefighters & Police Officers; Home Depot DIY take home building kit; Sea Lamprey exhibit by Great Lakes Fisheries; take home a tree compliments of Alpena-Montmorency Conservation District; tour Emergency vehicles on display including the new MSP In Plain Sight trailer; enjoy FREE snacks provided by Meijer; meet Richard Rensberry, author of children’s book “Big Brownie”, on site to autograph books. PNC Bank Kiddie Classic Fishing Tournament – registration at 7:00 am.

Wednesday, July 21stHonoring Our Veterans Night. 6 pm tent opens, FREE admission/public welcome. Picnic style hotdogs, chips, and more surprises. Program begins at 7 pm. Alpena City Band performing, prizes throughout the evening, honoring all men and women in uniform, and all front line workers.

Thursday, July 22ndTeen Night! with DJ Max from 107.7 The Bay. $5.00 per person, 8 pm – 11 pm. NO purses or bags of any kind allowed. Ages 17 & under. Sponsored by Pepsi.

Saturday, July 24th1st Annual Optimist Car Show. Suez Big Tent bar will open for beverages and seating during the show. Registration 3 pm – 5 pm, show from 5 pm – 8 pm. FREE admission.

Sunday, July 25thExchange Club Tony Burgers. Starting at noon, FREE admission. Fishing tournament awards & raffle drawings at 6 pm.

Alpena Buick GMC Small Tent Bands

Friday, July 16thAlpena Buick GMC Festival Kick-Off Party. 5 – 9 pm, Les Cronies & Los Egos Band. FREE admission. Sponsored by Alpena Buick GMC and MBTFC.

Saturday, July 17thRoute 66. 5 – 9 pm. Sponsored by MBTFC.

Sunday, July 18thSaddle Tramp. 5 – 9 pm. Sponsored by MBTFC.

Monday, July 19thKopyKatz. 5 – 9 pm. Sponsored by MBTFC.

Tuesday, July 20thCarole and Company. 6 – 9 pm. Sponsored by MBTFC.

Wednesday, July 21stShades of a King: Elvis Tribute. 6 – 9 pm. Sponsored by MBTFC.

Thursday, July 22ndDarwin Project. 6 – 9 pm. Sponsored by MBTFC.

Friday, July 23rdCountry Poorboys. 5 – 9 pm. Sponsored by MBTFC.

Saturday, July 24thChris Crown Get Down & Friends. 5 – 9 pm. Sponsored by MBTFC.

More Events!

Art on the BayJuly 17th & 18th @ Bay View Park in Alpena. Saturday 10 am – 6 pm. Sunday 10 am – 4 pm. More info can be found at

Sidewalk SalesJuly 15th, 16th, & 17th in Downtown Alpena. This year when you shop Sidewalk Sales in Downtown Alpena, go Fishing for Downtown Dollars at participating locations and $5 or $10 in Downtown Dollars! You could also catch the 1 “Big Brownie” swimming around downtown worth $100 in Downtown Dollars!