Youth Events

2016 Michigan Youth Bowfishing Championship

When: Saturday, June 11 Registration: 8:00am-8:45am
Tournament hours: 9:00am – 3:00pm
Where: Fisherman's Landing on Muskegon Lake
538 E Western Ave, Muskegon, MI

Cost: 100% free to all participants.
No B.A.M. membership required.
Contact: Brian at

Divisions: 10 and under, 11-14, and 15-17 for each boys and girls
Heaviest three fish win each division
Big fish prizes also awarded for heaviest fish
3D target range for youngsters and non-bowfishers

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  1. This is a youth tournament only, No adult shooters.
  2. Youth shooters must either shoot targets or fish to be eligible to win prizes.
  3. Shooting time for tournament is 9:00 am until 3:00 pm.
  4. All fish taken and brought back to shore must be turned in at tournament site for proper disposal.
  5. Tournament shooters are responsible for picking which three fish they want for official weigh-in.
  6. Once a youth shoots a fish, an adult in the boat may help the youth land the fish with dip net, gaff, hands, backup arrow, etc.
  7. Heaviest three fish of any combination of legal species will win each division.
  8. A fish can be weighed anytime during tournament hours.
  9. All laws from Michigan boating guidelines must be strictly followed.
  10. Life jackets must be worn by all youth shooters while traveling to and from hunting spots.
  11. This is a bowfishing tournament; any youth who shoots a fish in a division will be placed ahead of target shooters.
  12. Adults may assist youth to shoot targets on their own by holding their arm behind the wrist and assisting to pull the bow, but the child must aim and release without assistance.
  13. Legal shooting boundaries are the west end of Muskegon Lake at the mouth of Lake MI and the east border is southbound US31 highway.
    Note that the main river between 120 and US31 is a designated trout water and is off-limits to bowfishing. The backwaters between the highways are legal to shoot and legal for the youth tournament.
    A color-coded map will be posted at registration.
  14. Legal fish species include carp, gar, bowfin, buffalo, drum, goldfish, and shad. Catfish are legal to shoot in Michigan, but they will not count in the tournament.
  15. Only fish taken by spear or bow and arrow will be counted.