Fish the Bricks Tournament is Back!

Annual Fishing tournament returning to Flint

FLINT — The Flint River Watershed Coalition has announced the return of the Fish the Bricks fishing tournament.

In prior years, the FRWC assisted the efforts of the City of Flint Downtown Development Authority during the June Free Fishing weekend to bring anglers of all ages and abilities to Fish the Bricks.

With various construction projects on the river in downtown Flint – including the Consumers Energy clean up and the removal of the Hamilton Dam – the FRWC had to put the tournament on hold the last few years.

Join them for the 2020 Fish the Bricks Fishing Tournament, sponsored by Piper Legal. Things will look a little different in 2020, given the limits on gatherings due to the COVID- 19 pandemic.

Event details:

June 13-14 – This is the State of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend, when requirements for fishing licenses are waived, allowing anyone to get out and explore the great sport of fishing. This year, feel free to fish ANYWHERE in the Flint River watershed. With limits on crowd size, the FRWC is not able to host a daylong event in downtown. Instead, find your favorite fishing spot, drop your line, and then share your catch on social media with the one or more hashtags— #FishTheBricks2020, #FishWhisperer, #ReelChamp—or share directly on the event page www.facebook.com/events/287426772650643/.

You also can email your submissions to adarzi@flintriver.org.

In these times of social distancing, here’s a handy metric for you: while on the river, be sure to stay at least a fishing pole’s length apart from your fellow anglers.

All participants must follow state laws, while participating. All fishing license fees will be waived for two days. A Recreation Passport will not be required for entry into state parks and boating access sites during Free Fishing Weekend.

Residents and out-of-state visitors may enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes’ waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply.”

Details: Visit www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-350-79119_79146_84107—,00.html

Because they are not able to confirm catches this year, they are not able to award prizes for the largest catch. Instead, everyone who documents their catch and shares it either via social media or by email is entered to win the title of Fish Whisperer as well as some fabulous prizes.

When you take your photo, the FRWC encourages you to use something to show the scale (your arm, your pole, a ruler, whatever you can find in your surroundings) to show everyone just how big that fish really is.

Details: Email adarzi@flintriver.org. — G.G.