8178 West Main Street // Kalamazoo, MI 49009 // Phone: 269-372-2277

Big Fish Contest Rules

D&R Sports Center's

D&R Sports Center’s Big Fish Contest begins Saturday, April 30th and runs through Monday, September 5th.


  • There is NO entry fee!
  • Anglers 17 years old and up must have a valid fishing license 
  • All entries must be caught within 50 miles of Kalamazoo
  • NO private pond or private lake entries allowed 
  • NO FROZEN FISH will be accepted 
  • Anglers may enter a total of three fish per day for the contest 
  • Fish that are still alive or on ice can be entered

Standings will be determined by: Length + Girth = Total Points.

Tie-breakers will be determined by weight.

Thirteen different species of fish may be entered in the contest: 

  • Rainbow trout/steelhead 
  • Brown trout
  • Brook trout 
  • Lake trout 
  • Salmon 
  • Catfish 
  • Crappie 
  • Bluegill/sunfish 
  • Largemouth bass 
  • Smallmouth bass 
  • Perch 
  • Walleye 
  • Northern pike 

D&R Sports Center is the ONLY official weigh-in station.


The top three entries in each category will be posted in the standings each week

At the close of the contest, entries in first, second and third place will receive a gift card for D&R Sports Center.

1st Place: $25 D&R Sports Center Gift Card

2nd Place: $20 D&R Sports Center Gift Card

3rd Place: $15 D&R Sports Center Gift Card


One Grand Prize will be awarded based on a random drawing from all entries at the end of the contest. ALL ENTRIES, even those that did not make the standings, will have a chance at the Grand Prize.

Grand Prize: $100 D&R Sports Center Gift Card

Good luck anglers!