Captain’s Platter Fishing Contest this weekend

The Duluth Sail and Power Squadron will host its annual Captain’s Platter Fishing Contest on Saturday. The popular event, which runs from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., typically draws more than 250 participants.

The tournament headquarters is at the Power Squadron Dock in Allouez Bay. There will be awards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in five divisions: Lake Trout, Brown Trout, Walleye, King Salmon and Coho Salmon. This is a Lake Superior and/or St. Louis River basin contest.

The Captain’s Platter award is for the boat with the greatest combined weight of the largest of each species listed. You do not have to have all five species to be eligible, and it is possible to win with only one fish.

Plus, $300 will be awarded to the first person to weigh in an 8-pound fish. It must be of one of the classes listed and must weigh exactly 8 pounds.

In addition, the DSPS will be offering free Vessel Safety Checks to those who wish to have their boats inspected. Boats will be checked for the appropriate necessary equipment for operating vessels on Lake Superior and the St. Louis River basin. The safety checks are part of a national program in partnership with the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The cost to participate in the Captain’s Platter is $25 per person for adults and free for kids 15-and-under. Tickets and rules are available at Marine General, The Bait Box, Fisherman’s Corner, Northwest Outlet, or at the Squadron Dock on Friday.