BAY CITY, MI — Hotel parking lots throughout Bay City are full of decked-out fishing boats sporting fancy gear and sponsorship decals, boat launches are filled with boat trailers, and the city’s restaurants and bars are packed with anglers taking it easy after a hard day’s work.
This influx is due to a massive professional bass fishing tournament underway in Bay City. The National Professional Fishing League picked the Saginaw Bay as the fourth stop for its 2023 season, bringing high-level fishers in to enjoy all that the bay has to offer.
“Our main goal coming into Bay City is show off the resource, show off the city, and create not a just the economic impact of our organization being here, but also create essentially a buzz,” said Paul Benson of the National Professional Fishing League, who spoke as a league representative, at the Monday, July 17, Bay City Commission meeting. He added that people are traveling to Bay City from all over the country for the tournament.