Major League Fishing returning for 3rd time

ALPENA — Major League Fishing is returning for an unprecedented third time to Alpena to continue the seventh season of filming as 27 top anglers compete in the Wiley X Summit Cup will fish on local waters from Aug. 14-19.

Major League Fishing features 50 of the top anglers in the country and includes Bassmaster Classic champions, Angler of the Year winners and title-holders from both the Bassmaster Elite Series and the FLW Tour.

Anglers will compete across area lakes in six days of competition seeking to make it to the final day’s championship round.

The show captures the anglers’ efforts as they seek to catch as many bass as possible in seven and a half hours of fishing. They weigh all scorable bass before immediately releasing the fish back into the water.

The events filmed in Michigan will begin airing in February 2018 on Outdoor Channel.

This is Major League Fishing’s third time in its five-year history to fish in Michigan–Alpena became the first community ever revisited by MLF last year when Select anglers fished these waters in the 2017 Summit Select.

The 2014 Summit Cup was also filmed in Alpena, with Michigan native Kevin VanDam winning the championship round with more than 82 pounds of bass.

“I really am in disbelief that Major League Fishing is in Alpena for a third visit. It is a strong testament to the quality of our fisheries and that while the fish are plenty, they can still give the pros a run for their money,” said Mary Beth Stutzman, President and CEO of the Alpena Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. “When I received the call that Major League Fishing was interested in visiting Alpena a third time I just about fell off my chair. It is highly unusual for the show to film in the same location twice and now that they are visiting Alpena for a third time it leaves me speechless. Our lakes and fisheries speak for themselves. I can’t wait to see our lakes challenge the pros for a third time.”

Major League Fishing Cup anglers competing in Alpena are VanDam along with Tim Horton, Boyd Duckett, Aaron Martens, Alton Jones, Andy Montgomery, Bobby Lane, Brent Chapman, Brent Ehrler, Dean Rojas, Edwin Evers, Gary Klein, Greg Hackney, Ish Monroe, Jeff Kriet, Kelly Jordon, Mark Davis, Mike Iaconelli, Mike McClelland, Shaw Grigsby, Skeet Reese, Takahiro Omori and Tommy Biffle. There are also two MLF Select anglers fishing who cannot be named so as not to reveal the results of previous competitions that have not yet aired on television.

“We’re very excited for our Cup anglers to return to fish some of the same outstanding fisheries that made our 2014 and 2017 events in Michigan so successful,” Randy White, MLF executive producer, said. “These lakes are great because they provide a lot of good catches for the pros while still challenging them, and that translates into incredible television as seen in our previous two shows.”

Major League Fishing will host a meet and greet with anglers, feature reporter Aly Akers and jersey and swag giveaways at The Fresh Palate from 5-7 p.m. on Tuesday and all are invited.

About Major League Fishing

Developed through a joint effort between Outdoor Channel and two dozen premier bass fishing anglers in 2011, Major League Fishing brings the high-intensity sport of competitive bass fishing into America’s living rooms in the form of riveting two-hour TV episodes. Twenty-four world-class anglers are filmed over the course of a six-day event. The show captures their efforts as they utilize a demanding format that allows them to weigh all the “scorable bass” they catch. Unlike other competitive fishing events, live leaderboards in the boats allow anglers to know their standings at all times. For more information about the game, visit and follow Major League Fishing on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.