July 14th, 2012 -

The 2012 Angler and Young Angler tournament is in the books and was a success by all counts. A big thanks to all of our sponsors, volunteers, and participants. Owen VanTassell and his Dad Miles came in with the winning bag of 11.05 lbs followed by Helene Rinkanen who led her dad Ross to 2nd at 9.05 lbs and Emma and Cooper Stout how showed their dad Luke where to find 8.05 lbs of fish and take 3rd.


May 18th 2012 -

Hopes high for walleye season

CHASSELL – An early spring only increased anticipation for Tuesday’s walleye opener, and now that the wait is finally over, local anglers are hitting the water hoping to take advantage of an improving Keweenaw fishery.

“The opener is such an important day for so many people around here and business and cabin owners along the water,” Copper Country Walleye Association President Ross Rinkinen said. “It’s not often you can wear shorts and a T-shirt in May on the opener.”

Rinkinen caught a few walleye on Gratiot and Portage lakes during opening day, but despite the near-70-degree temperatures and water temperatures hovering around 60, results were mixed due to a low local walleye population.  Read More Here


May 1st 2012 -






CHASSELL – With hopes they will survive, 1.5 million walleye were planted by the Copper Country Walleye Association in Portage Lake Monday, starting with a couple hundred thousand in Chassell Bay.

The fish, a quarter-inch in size, came from Thompson State Fish Hatchery in Manistique and the fish plant is an initiative put forth by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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1) Helped the DNR release 100,000 fry in portage lake
2) Helped the DNR release 11,300 fingelings into portage lake

AYA Tournament
Date: July 26th 2014
Location: Portage Lake and Torch Lake
Rules Meeting: 7:00-8:00 Chassell VFW Post
Fishing Hours: 8:30-2:30
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