Sault Ste. Marie is proud to welcome the Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit and North American Bass Challenge fishing tournaments to the Soo this summer! These two tournaments are sure to be a hit with both professional anglers and amateurs. Along with a championship caliber fishery, anglers traveling to the Soo will have a wide assortment of lodging options available to them.

The Masters Walleye Circuit has been to Sault Ste. Marie a handful of times now and brings some of the best walleye fishermen in the country to the St. Marys River. This pro tournament is a spectacle that you can’t miss if you love fishing. The North American Bass Challenge is open to EVERYONE and has a top prize of $10,000 available. You don’t want to miss this one. If you’re interested in participating, register here.


Boating amenities

These great lodging options include all of the amenities needed for storing your fishing boats during your stay in Sault Ste. Marie.

Best Western Sault Ste. Marie – 3 hook-ups
Budget Host Crestview Inn – 12 outside + can hook-up from each room
Comfort Inn – 2-3 hook-ups
The Guest House – 10 hook-ups
Holiday Inn – 5-6 hook-ups
Kewadin Casino, Hotel, and Convention Center – 28 hook-ups
The Last Resort – fully equipped

These three fishing tournaments are made possible by our great sponsors from GFL Environmental.

Masters Walleye Circuit

The Masters Walleye Circuit is making its return to Sault Ste. Marie in August 2021! This year’s MWC will take place Aug. 13-14 with registration set for Aug. 12.

The Soo previously hosted the MWC in 2017, and is expected to be a major stop on this year’s tour.

North American Bass Challenge

The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s North American Bass Challenge gives every angler a chance to win a $10,000 prize for landing the largest bass on the St. Marys River. This year’s tournament will take place Friday and Saturday, Aug. 20 and 21, along the St. Marys River. Participants can launch from the Aune Osborn Boat Launch. There will be four weigh-in sessions each day and multiple prizes.

Participants must be 18 years old or with an adult, boats may have two to three participants on board. Entry fees are $125/participant for one day and $200/participant for a chance to fish both days.

West Michigan Bass Classic
Michigan Bass Nation State Championship

The West Michigan Bass Classic rounds out the fishing slate for this year in Sault Ste. Marie. It’ll be taking place Sept. 25 and 26 along the St. Marys River. This tournament was previously in the Soo last year.

More fishing along the St. Marys

Sault Ste. Marie is a renowned fishery for both walleye and smallmouth bass, but did you know it’s fantastic for more species of fish? We offer everything from yellow perch to muskellunge. Looking for more information on fishing in the Soo? Be sure to check out our blog covering fishing in the St. Marys River.

Also! There will be a third bass tournament in September. Be sure to follow along to all of our social medias for more information on it.