Top 10 Fishing Tournaments and Events in the USA
There are more than 10 important and popular fishing events taking place in the USA each year.
Fishing contests and angling competitions across the USA attract visitors from every state and from abroad – some competing for prestigious fishing titles, other for large rewards, some for both!
See below for more about the main 10 fishing events in the US.
Opening Day of Trout Season
Bennett Spring State Park, Roaring River State Park and Montauk State Park, Missouri
This Ozark tradition attracts thousands of anglers. Visitors can also enjoy the scenic beauty, hiking trails and other amenities.
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Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament
Miami Beach Marina – Miami, Southeast Florida
Just one of the 10 most important and popular fishing event taking place in the USA, the Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament has been favorite event for deep sea fishermen for over 30 years, the Yamaha Contender Miami Billfish Tournament at the docks of the Miami Beach Marina offers huge money prizes of almost $240,000 in value along with live music entertainment.
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Lake Havasu City Striper Derby
Lake Havasu, Arizona
This Western Outdoor News team fishing tournament targets striped bass or “stripers” on Lake Havasu. The premier striper tournament in the west, it attracts anglers from around the country as they compete for over $100,000 in cash and prizes. Varying classes of competition make it a great event for anglers of any experience level, as well as for family teams. Entry includes event shirt, hat and goodie bag. Saturday’s beach BBQ and party adds to the fun, along with Sunday’s awards ceremony.
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Just one of the 10 important and popular fishing events taking place in the USA each year, and a South Florida tradition since 1965, the 2-day, Pompano Beach Fishing Rodeo has been a popular attraction for almost 50 years. The event showcases both anglers and spectators in a number of events from an opening party and captain’s meeting, hundreds of anglers taking part in fishing tournaments and a final Awards Party.
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Lake Champlain International Fishing Derby
Lake Champlain Fisheries – Burlington, Vermont
The oldest, largest freshwater fishing derby in the USA, the Lake Champlain International Fishing Derby offers a variety of Species Prizes, Super Port Prizes and others in excess of $300,000.
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Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament
Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
The Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament is an exciting Crystal Coast tradition. The tournament is fished by approximately 100 competitors in substantial cash categories. During this week-long event visitors can view the live weigh-ins, pig out at the pig pickin’, enjoy the Captain’s Party, and fireworks.
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Del Brown Permit Tournament
Key West, Florida
This Fly Only fishing tournament, in memory of the late Del Brown who is still the only angler in history recorded to have caught more than 500 permit on his fly rod. Ever since 2001, this fishing event has been a popular attraction in Key West for fly fishing enthusiasts from all over the world.
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White Marlin Open
Harbour Island – Ocean City, Maryland
The world’s largest billfish tournament, the White Marlin Open is an event that can be fun and exciting for the spectators as well as the anglers. All fish must be weighed on the official scale at Harbour Island each day of the tournament from 4 to 9:15pm and the weigh-ins are open to the public free of charge. As the week goes on, the suspense builds, as potential lottery sized fortunes change hands with a tip of the scale. There are prizes for catching white marlin, blue marlin, tuna, wahoo, dolphin and shark. Between 300 and 400 boats participate each year for $3.5-million in prize money.
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Big Bass Splash
Kentucky Lake, Tennessee
Attracting thousands of amateur anglers Sealy Outdoors has been producing the largest amateur fishing tournaments in fishing history since 1984 and the Big Bass Splash in mid August is now considered to be one of the world's largest amateur big bass fishing tournaments with more than $85,000 guaranteed in cash and prizes.
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Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament
Kona Coast – The Big Island, Hawaii
A popular event for over 52 years, the Hawaiian International Billfish Tournament, known as the “Grandfather of All Big Game Fishing Tournaments”, features teams of some of the best anglers in the world competing in the offshore waters of the Kona Coast of the Big Island baiting the prized Pacific blue marlin to win the Governor's trophy. The awards ceremony takes place the Saturday after the competition.
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Working Waterfront Festival
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Taking place on the working piers and in the waterfront parks of New Bedford, recognized as the largest commercial fishing port of the USA, the free Working Waterfront Festival is an event celebrating the commercial fishing industry of the North Eastern USA complete with live maritime and ethnic music, fishermen's contests, fresh seafood and cooking demonstrations, tours of fishing vessels such as scallopers, engrossing Coast Guard rescue re-enactments, and a host of activities for the whole family.
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Issaquah Salmon Days Festival
Winner of several awards from the Washington Festival and Events Association, the Issaquah Salmon Days Festival, which attracts more than 180,000 people every year, celebrates the return of salmon to the nearby lakes and streams, and features salmon, of course, as well as lots of free, live entertainment, arts and crafts, cuisine from all over the world, 5K and 10K runs, and the ever popular Grande Parade.
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updated Top 20 Events USA pages do not include every single event on offer in each state or city in America – only those recognized as one of the top 20 in each location, elected by residents, tourists and visitors, the team of travel writers working for Top Events USA, and some officials of the relevant states and cities of the USA too.