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Tight Lines for Troops provides veterans with a day of fun camaraderie, and thanks them for their outstanding service to our country. Veterans pay no charter fees, entry fees or banquet fees! Priority is given to WWII and Korean War Veterans, POW's and Purple Heart Recipients. 

The public is invited to bring their flags to the Manistee River walk on Saturday, May 20th at noon to be a part of the area’s biggest and best salute to these American heroes.  Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter #1 will once again generously supply thousands of loaner flags for fans to wave as the fleet returns to port.  Downtown merchants have prepared a day-long celebration on River Street to expand this year’s events. 

This year’s event is hosted by City of Manistee, Little River Casino Resort, and Charterboats from Manistee and Northern Michigan.   Additionally, local Veterans groups – United Veterans Council, Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Warrior Society, our local National Guard and U.S. Coast Guard, Rolling Thunder Michigan Chapter #1, Manistee County Visitors Bureau, the Manistee Area Chamber of Commerce, Downtown merchants and a host of volunteers from across the state contribute to the event.

Forms & Additional Information:

Official Registration Form: Download
Raffle Order Form: Download
Flag Welcome Parade Map: Download 


Friday, May 19th  | Mandatory Registration & Dinner

5:00pm | Dinner Meeting for all captains and all Tight Lines participants of Boat and Pier/Shore Divisions. Each participant must register at this time to be assigned to a boat.  Location: First Street Boat Launch Area, Douglas Park, Manistee

Saturday, May 20th  |  Tight Lines Fishing Tournament Begins

6:30am | Shotgun Start at the Manistee Harbor Pier heads. Participants must be ready to board at 5:30am at Manistee City Marina, River Street in Downtown Manistee. (unless otherwise directed).  Pier/Shore fishermen in position at 6:30am.  Box lunch provided to each participant.

12:30pm | Flag Welcome begins along the Riverwalk as the Charterboats gather outside the Pier Heads.  Pier/Shore Fishermen must pull lines. Proceed to the Manistee City Marina.  

1:00pm | Weigh-In begins at Manistee First Street Boat Launch area. Dinner and Awards Ceremony immediately following weigh-in.

5:00pm | Raffle Prize Drawing at the Little River Casino Resort

For sponsorship opportunities, donations or other information, email Bob Guenthardt at or visit