Salmon-A-Rama 2016 : July 9th - 17th.

2016 Event Preparations

Planning for the 2016 event is under way. The rules for 2016 have already been voted on and will be available soon.

Some quick highlights:

  • Perch division entries will no longer be restricted to daily totals, it will be the length of the 5 longest perch entered over the course of the tournament.
  • Two In A Boat will be split into two tickets with separate $250 big fish payouts, one for boats 24' and over, and another for boats less than 24'
  • Salmon-Slam (Pick 5) has been discontinued this year
  • Super-Slam (Top Ten) daily weigh-in limit is being reduced to 5
(more updates to follow)

On-shore Grand Prize Updated!

FlickCo has just signed up to provide this year's on-shore winner with one of their new product, a FlickCo Tote, complete with two adjustable rod holders.

FlickCo Totes is a uniquely designed product to carry all your fishing supplies in just one trip. It is easy to use, and no assembly is required. The durable and strong steel framework is virtually indestructible and is protected by a patented heat-treating process that makes the product corrosion resistant. FlickCo Totes weighs 28 Lbs; is expandable or collapsible in three easy steps, and easily stores behind the seat of a car. Just load up your FlickCo and go!

FlickCo Tote Giveaway

In addition to the grand prize winner, FlickCo totes will be holding a drawing to give one lucky person a tote of their own. There is no cost to sign up, just visit his booth directly off the weigh-in stage at the Racine SALMON-A-RAMA grounds and sign up!

Sign-up begins Friday at 4pm and runs until noon on Sunday. The winner will be announced during the awards ceremony.

Friday Night Fish Boil

So we know a fish fry is the norm for a Friday night in Wisconsin, but people enjoyed our fish boil so much on opening weekend we decided to have another one!

Make your way down to the grounds in Racine and enjoy a delicious dinner between 5:00 and 7:00 Friday night.

(donations are welcome, and go to Salmon Unlimited of Wisconsin to help conservation and promotion of our fishery)

Brewhouse Cratch & Catch Contest
We're branching out more

Salmon-a-rama is adding three four new ports this year as we strive to make it easier for as many people to participate in this great competition as possible. So spread the word! We've extended our coverage area way up north on BOTH sides of the pond.

Our new ports include Kewaunee, WI Algoma, WI Sturgeon Bay, WI and Ludington, MI

We're working to get them up and running with ticket sales as well as set up with our full remote location technology packages including their own live leaderboards to follow the results of the contest in real-time.

Of course you can purchase your tickets 24 hours a day right here on our website, and this year there is no difference between the online and in-store price! Ticket sales are open now.

The contest starts soon, so pick up your tickets now. Tickets purchased after midnight Saturday morning will have a late fee assessed and are also subject to a 24 hour cool down period before you can use them to weigh in.

If you are not able to get your ticket before the start of the contest, ticket outlets's that support Direct Sale (as noted on our outlets page) are able to continue selling tickets up until late registration closes.

Big Al's Fish Flash Reward
Attention: Salmon-A-Rama Participants

This year, two (2) lucky winners will earn extra cash if their winning fish is caught on a Mag Lip plug or rod rigged with a Big Al's Fish Flash during the Salmon-A-Rama tournament.
The largest fish caught using Big Al's Fish Flash will receive $500, and largest fish caught on a Mag Lip will receive $500.

To be eligible to win cash from Salmon-A-Rama/Yakima Bait your fish must be caught using Fish Flash or Mag Lip, and include a photograph of the angler, fish, and lure, which needs to be submitted/emailed to: within 24 hours of being caught. All pictures and entries must be received by 11:00 A.M. July 19th in order to win. All photographs become property of Salmon-A-Rama and Yakima Bait.

An equal number of Fish Flash and Mag Lip lures will be distributed amongst all (SAR) weigh-in stations around Lake Michigan and distributed to anglers signing up to fish in the 2015 Salmon-A-Rama tournament. The free lures are available on a first-come/first-serve basis with a limited supply of product available, so buy your tickets early to receive free product.

Those who weigh-in a fish caught on Fish Flash or Mag Lip will receive a free hat (while supplies last) at each weigh in station.

  • Fish must be caught on Mag Lip or while using a Big Al’s Fish Flash. (Big Al’s Fish Flash/Mag Lip must be attached to the line the fish is caught on.)
  • Fish must be declared an eligible Fish Flash/Mag Lip fish at weigh-in time.
  • A photo of the fish still attached to the Big Al’s Fish Flash/Mag Lip must be submitted within 24 hours of being weighed in. (No exceptions)
  • Photo to be submitted by e-mail to
  • Photo’s will become property of Big Al’s Fish Flash big fi sh contest committee. To be used for advertisement purposes.
  • Angler who catches the fish must have purchased a 2015 Salmon-A-Rama ticket to qualify.
  • Winner’s will be declared at awards ceremony.
  • Winner’s are subject to polygraph test at discretion of the Salmon-A-Rama Committee.
  • Salmon-A-Rama committee will have the fi nal say on all winners, at there discretion.
Salmon-a-Rama 2015 Entertainment Lineup
Friday July 10th 7:00pm - close
  Still Country Band

Saturday July 11th 7:00pm - close
  Fall Hazard

Sunday July 12th
  Family Day (all day)
  SALMON-A-RAMA Clause (2:00pm - 4:00pm)
Wednesday July 15th 7:00pm - close
  Beat Goes On DJ/KJ

Thursday July 16th 7:00pm - close
  Back to Maryland

Friday July 17th 7:00pm - close
  The Sentinels

Saturday July 18th 8:00pm - 10:30pm
  Pat McCurdy
No Boat? No Problem!

Charter Boat Fishing has been a large part of Salmon-A-Rama for years.

Charter Fishing is a great way for you to experience fishing from a boat with a group of friends during Racine’s very own Salmon-A-Rama. Fishing on a charter allows you the off shore fishing in a laid back atmosphere. Salmon-A-Rama has many Preferred Charters representing various locations on Lake Michigan. Check out all of our Preferred Charters and book your trip for 2015.

Charters during Salman-A-Rama fill up fast, so reserve yours early.

Texas Roadhouse of Racine - Peanut Raffle

Texas RoadHouse of Racine and Texas RoadHouse of Kenosha have teamed up with Fat Otter Outdoors to bring you a chance to win a new Ice House, and many other great prizes!

This year at Salmon-A-Rama headquarters in Racine, Wi. we will be selling bags of Texas Roadhouse peanuts.

Each bag contains one of several prizes including random appetizers, entree's, and certificates good for dinner for 2 for a year. There is also a handful of select bags that have a grand prize qualifier certificate!

Qualifier certificate holders present on Sunday July 19th can turn them in to be entered in the drawing to win this great Ice House from Fat Otter Outdoors valued at over $3,000.

Remember to buy your peanuts and good luck!

Evinrude / BRP Owners Special Offer

Are you an Evinrude/Johnson owner?

For signing up this year at the 2015 Salmon-A-Rama tournament, BRP Evinrude is rewarding their owners with a special gift pack.

To get your gift register here.
Please have your serial number ready for proof of ownership.

Download the Official Salmon-A-Rama Magazine

Get the inside scoop! download your copy of the Salmon-A-Rama magazine today.

Get tips and trick from previous winners and long time members,
Find local vendors for all your fishing and travel needs,
and more...

Previous Issues:
2014 Issue #1 2013 Issue #2 2013 Issue #1
Salmon-A-Rama Has Moved!

Salmon-a-Rama has moved from the 5th St. Boat launch in Racine to #2 Christopher Columbus Causeway!
Yes we have outgrown our area and now are calling Reef Point Marina our new home. We will be located just east of the Administrative Building / Reef Point Brew House Restaurant in the parking lot.

Some excitement you can expect is an action packed entertainment lineup, larger area to enjoy yourself in our 100’ x 40’ Tent and not to mention the new menu items!!! Stay tuned or just come on down.

Reef Point Marina, Racine County, and the Owner Operators of the Reef Point Brew House have welcomed Salmon Unlimited / Salmon-a-Rama with open arms and have been more than accommodating. We have re-introduced the “Racine Trolley” into this year’s event to allow for easier transportation from parking structures and downtown. You'll notice a little more pizazz down on the grounds with our Wind Flags, Big Fish, and of course the generous sponsor banners.

Another welcoming fact for this year is the 2hr parking in the Marina for boats to come weigh their fish, grab a bite to eat, and enjoy what we offer at the lakefront. All we ask is you respect the residents in the Marina, adhere to the rules, and of course be sure to return your Salmon-a-Rama dock cart back to the appropriate location when your finished cleaning your fish.

Korducki For The Win

Andrew J Korducki
topped the 2013 Offshore Grand Prize leaderboard with his 28.57lb Chinook early in the week, holding off the competition all the way to the end.

Dustin Groh of the Conbunie placed second later in the week with a 27.46lb Chinook.
Vandenplas Nets The Prize In 2012

Brian Vandenplas of the Jenny V secured his spot at the top of the Offshore Grand Prize leaderboard when he brought in his 22.37lb Chinook on the last Saturday of the contest, knocking David Slayton and his 20.99lb Lake Trout from the spot he had managed to hold for the majority of the contest
Salmon-A-Rama Slam!
Salmon-A-Rama Slam! is a 5-fish only sub tournament that runs the full 9 days of Salmon-A-Rama.

The total weight of your five selected fish will determine the winner with no upgrading to fish so being selective and strategic will be key to success.

This tournament is based on 1 anglers' limit but is tied to the boat. Meaning you can have multiple anglers over the nine day event and still weigh in the fish under that ticket, but you better choose wisely!
Multiple Weigh-In Locations
We're branching out.

This year there will be 5 (Count'em FIVE) ports spread out along the western cost of Lake Michigan you can register your catch in!

All of the remote ports will be tied into our contest tracking program which means you can see how you placed instantly regardless of where you weigh in, and notifications of your top placing fish will get sent out to everyone following @SUWISCONSIN on Twitter.
Preferred Chartering Services
We've teamed up with a number of charter captains this year to enhance your chartered fishing experience.

Booking with a participating charter during the contest gains you automatic entry!

You can find the list of participating charters organized by home port on the Preferred Charters page.

Salmon-A-Rama Super Slam
We're introducing a new sub-contest in 2014; Super Slam!

This contest is determined by the combined weight of the 10 heaviest fish entered, and 10 fish can be entered a day (DNR limits based on two anglers apply)
Help Preserve Our Launch
Powerloading (Loading your boat by forcefully driving it onto your trailer) causes loose material to be displaced from beneath the ramp weakening it and creating underwater hills that can damage the hull and propeller of other boats.
If you're by yourself and need a hand getting your boat onto your trailer; ask for help. Anglers tend to be rather social beings, It shouldn't be too hard to find someone willing to lend a hand.
If you see someone powerloading; explain (politely - it doesn't need to come to fisticuffs.) how they are contributing to the ruination of our boat launch by doing so, and help them if possible load their boat the proper and safe way.
Every Fish Counts
That one pound Steelhead may not land you in the top spots of the leaderboard or win you a fabulous prize, but weighting it in still helps the DNR gain pertinent information about our lake's ecosystem, and can alert them to population fluctuations, or other potential problems ahead of time.

Receive Leaderboard Notifications
Follow us on twitter and receive tweets when first place changes hands in every category!

Become A Sponsor
Interested in becoming a Salmon-A-Rama Sponsor?
We're already planning for next year! If you're interested in becoming a sponsor of the biggest freshwater fishing contest in the world contact the Prize Committee for more information.
Who You Call'n Little?

Samantha Boettcher (then 12) Took home the Offshore Grand Prize in 2011 with a 24.8lb Chinook she battled for half an hour Monday night (July 11th) proving she's not just hang'in with the big boys, she has a thing or two she can show em as well!
World Record Brown Wins SAR 2010
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Friday morning (July 16th '10); Roger Hellen was one of the first in line when our Weigh-In station opened it's doors. The fish he wanted us to weigh? A 41lb (8oz) brown trout! This fish beat the current world record catch of 41lb (7oz) caught last September on a river in Michigan. Salmon-A-Rama would like to congratulate Roger and his crew on this fantastic world record catch!

Click here to view the whole story.
Salmon Unlimited Wisconsin

Salmon Unlimited Wisconsin; a Racine based organization dedicated to the betterment of Lake Michigan, it's fishing, tributaries, and shoreline, took over the day to day operations of the tournament and activities in 2010.
We are dedicated to keeping Salmon-A-Rama the largest and best freshwater fishing tournament in the world! If you have comments or suggestions you feel can help us in achieving this goal feel free to drop us a line by sending email to

Contests Within Contests!
Grand Prize Fish

Opening weekend we will be hosting the Super Sweepstakes and Two In A Boat tournaments! Get your tickets and mark your calendars to take part in these fun one-day events!

  • Sat July 9th : Super Sweepstakes
  • Sun July 10th : Two on a Boat

This year the Super Sweepstakes is part of the 2012 Southwest Lake Michigan Salmon Challenge Series! View the Brochure here
Perch Division is Back!

Originally added to the contest in 1989 to lure anglers in; the Perch Division is back!

Man holding large perch

All tickets include entry to the Perch Division so no matter where or how you're fishing you can join in!

Just weigh in your top 5 perch of the day, and you could take home the 1st Place $400 Prize!.

2015 Reefpoint Marina Discounts!
Reefpoint Marina

Reefpoint Marina is offering slip discounts to Salmon-A-Rama contestants.

If a contestant is staying less than 9 days during the tournament dates the following rates apply: Starting July 11th; the first night stay is full price and any consecutive following night is half price through July 21st (standard transient rates apply).

Reefpoint Marina is also offering 9 day packages. This includes checking in on Friday July 11th and checking out on Sunday July 20th by 1pm.
(If an extra night is needed before or after these set dates, then full price transient rates will be applied)

9 Day Rates:
  • 25' and under $200.00 + Tax
  • 26'-30' $250.00 + Tax
  • 31'-40' $300.00 + Tax
  • 41'+ $400.00 + Tax
  • Fish Cleaning Station
  • Floating Docks
  • Showers/Restrooms
  • Security
  • Deli
  • Internet and more!

Contestant must make a reservation with front desk. Payment in full due no later than July 8th for discount to be honored.
See official rules for more details.