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2022 Great Lakes Salmon Showdown Events (GLSS)

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The 2022 Great Lakes Salmon Showdown Events kicked off this week and will run through the end of September. Keeping charter boats in mind, these events were created to offer the first tournament event involving all of the Great lakes, for both the USA and Canada, and allow charter boats to get involved without the need to have all of their clients agree to register. Registration is done via boat, rather than by angler. Any fish caught on the registered boat, no matter who catches it, is eligible for entry. That means friends, family, charter clients, or anyone else can help add to the boat's running total. In essence for charter boats, all of your clients are automatically entered, and they love helping you score higher and seeing their picture in your entry that they can show to others! Placement is by the boat's Top-5 largest salmon throughout the season by length - these can be upsized all season long! As part of the Next Gen Tournaments, these events also offer the following benefits:

*All fish can be released after entry (angler's choice).

*All fish are entered using the Fish Donkey App. with a bump board or other approved measuring device, and is super quick and easy.

*All entered fish include photo/video evidence including time/date/GPS encryption.

*Fish can be easily entered into multiple events at the same time on the Fish Donkey App (including the NYS Summer Classic Lake Ontario Boat Event and Salmon Division, FK Corporate Challenge Events, etc.). 

*Protocols are in place for boats fishing non-communication events, and for boats without a bump board. 

*Anglers can fish 24/7 without the need to stop early or have to make a weigh-in time.

*No extra travel necessary to enter fish.

*Leaderboards update in real-time as fish are entered and notify all anglers when a new leader is entered.

*App works even when out of cell coverage.

*Youth anglers are encouraged to join.

*100% transparency.


There are two divisional options for entry: 

Am Division = $125/boat

Pro Division = $250/boat


Cash payouts start at 80% and go up as more boats enter, plus once there are 6 or more boats in a division a crystal trophy award will be included for the top-placing team. 

Current supporting sponsors include: Plano, Frabill, Okuma, Addicted Fishing, Koyote Ugly Spoons, FishUSA, Reel Cool Lures, Fillet Away Fish Mats, Fish Donkey, Batavia Downs, and Lake Ontario United.


To get all the details, see past years' results, and enter, visit: 



Lake Ontario has dominated the boards the past couple years, we'll see if the upper Great Lakes can make a run for the title this year! Drop me a PM with any questions. Good luck and tight lines to everyone competing in the events this year!


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I fished this tournament the last 2 years and again going to this year (I need to defend my title 😁).  I love the fact that you can fish the whole season and it's your boat that's entered not individuals. You don't have to make special plans to get to the lake and fish specific dates, you got 5 months! There's a lot of tournaments I would love to fish, but just can't because of other obligations (mostly kids sporting events, lol).  It's really easy entering fish on the app, and being able to see everyone’s positions on the leader board along with the fish they caught. With an 80% payout,  the more people join, the bigger the cash prizes. This can be huge!  I highly recommend this to anyone. 

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Are you in the largest salmon event in the Great Lakes yet? The more boats in, the higher the payouts, crystalline trophies, and the more chances to win - monthly, weekly, and even daily cash awards are possible at higher attendance levels! 



The first fish for the 2022 Great Lakes Salmon Showdown Tournaments have hit the boards! This event registers your boat into the event so that everyone who fishes aboard it all season long are IN THE EVENT WITH YOU! Every fish caught, no matter who catches it, is fair game for this event! Youth anglers OF ALL AGES are encouraged to participate! It started on May 1st and will run all season long through September with teams/boats upsizing their largest fish throughout the event. Join today for $125/Am Division, $250/Pro Division. This event is the only event open to all of the Great Lakes both USA and Canadian sides! Join the fun this season and let's see who can put together the largest 5-fish boxes! New teams must register the day before they wish to start entering fish. (NOTE: winning boats/teams do not have to attend an awards ceremony, all cash awards will be mailed after the conclusion of the event.)
Register today at:
For those who like convenience and tourney events, join the 2022 NYS Summer Classic Lake Ontario Boat Event and the NYS Summer Classic Large Species Event, and your fish can be entered into all three events with one set of pics - SO EASY!! Best of all, every fish entered can be released after entry! Join in the fun this season!!


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Jason Barra and Team It'll Do is off to a great start in the Am Division with a leading total length of 160.25" and this beautiful spring king! Keep in mind for these events ANY fish caught on the registered boat from May 1st through the end of September is eligible for entry no matter who catches it! The more boats entered the more active the LIVE leaderboard becomes and the higher the payouts! Who's going to score the crystal trophy this year?? Gotta get in it to win it!!


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