Fish the Bricks Tournament is Back!


The annual Fish the Bricks Fishing Tournament sponsored by Piper Legal is back from hiatus! The annual tournament was on hold the last few years due to various construction projects. It will be revived this year and take place during the State of Michigan’s Free Fishing Weekend on June 13-14. The contest will be held differently this year due to Covid-19. This year, feel free to fish ANYWHERE in the Flint River Watershed. So, dust off your favorite fishing spot and share your catch on social media with the one or more hashtags – #FishTheBricks2020, #FishWhisperer, #ReelChamp – or share directly on the Flint River Watershed Coalition event page Submissions can also be emailed to

Safety First

  • In these times of social distancing, we’ve got 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.” For more information from the DNR go to,4570,7-350-79119_79146_84107—,00.html

Enter to Win!!!

Because we are not able to confirm catches this year, we are not able to award prizes for the largest catch. Instead, everyone who documents their catch and shares it with us (either via social media or by email) is entered to win the title of Fish Whisperer as well as some fabulous prizes! That doesn’t mean you don’t get bragging rights for your monster catch. When you take your photo, we encourage 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.

Prize categories include

  • Fish the Bricks 2020 Fish Whisperer, and Fish Whisperer Jr. All who participate will be entered into a drawing for prizes, including gift cards to local tackle shops, fishing gear, and hand tied fish ties from some of our favorite fly-tying artisans. Updates on available prizes will be posted on the event page.
  • Reel Champ. Any unique, quirky, unexpected, or outright weird finds will be entered for a chance to win our first ever “Reel Champ” Award. Items will be put to a public vote and the winner will receive a prize and bragging rights!


Participants can connect with Anna Darzi with any questions or to share their successes at

Good luck! Have fun! Safe fishing! We can’t wait to see what you catch.


Thank you to our Sponsors!

Key sponsor – Piper Legal

Additional thanks to Fishing Tackle Grab Bag for donating fishing gear; and Gabriel Zewadzki, and Michael Knag for donating handmade fish flies.



The Flint River Watershed Coalition seeks a healthy, vibrant, and active Flint River watershed for all. We work in partnership to protect, promote, and improve the Flint River and its watershed.


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