Larry has decided to retire after many years in the taxidermy business. Thank you very much for all your support. We will continue to run and support the Lake Trout Classic. Please see the information below for the upcoming event:

2024 Trident Maritime Systmes
Ontonagon Lake Trout Classic

Presented by Larry Greig
May 17-19, 2024

Ontonagon's Lake Trout Classic is now in its nineteenth year. The first LTC was held in 2005 with 40 teams participating, and it has been growing in popularity ever since.

All proceeds from the event are donated to the Ontonagon County Cancer Association. Donations are also made to the families of sick children in the area.

Entry fee: $40/person ($25/person for Powder Puff)
Registration forms and entry fees due by May 10

Download registration forms below

Registration forms are available for download and printing in PDF format:

Lake Trout Classic:


Powder Puff Tournament:


For more information, call 906-884-2770 or

2023 Aspirus Ontonagon Lake Trout Classic
Bev Meagher Memorial

Presented by Larry Greig
May 19-21, 2023

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year's event! Below are the final results:

Final Results (pdf format)

Images from this year's event

For more information, call 906-884-2770 or

2021 Lake Trout Classic

Left to Right: Tyler Martinac, Kevin Patana and Mike Morris

2012 Lake Trout Classic

Below is the article from The Ontonagon Herald of May 30, 2012:

Lake Trout Classic Results

The Annual Ontonagon Lake Trout Classic broke all attendance records during the weekend. According to organizer Larry Greig, seventy-one pairs of fishermen and 20 pairs of women participated in nearly ideal weather.

The tourney, which was to have ended at 2pm Sunday, was shortened to 11am when storm warnings brought the boats off the lake.

Greig credited the good fishing and good cause for the increased numbers. The proceeds of the tourney will be given to the Ontoangon County Cancer Association.

Greig said many of the fishermen have been coming to the Ontonagon Lake Trout Classic for many years and now bring their own children with them.

Top winners in the Ontonagon Lake Trout Classic tourney received their cash prize and plaque from tourney organizer Larry Greig. The three men over the two days of the tourney caught 43.5 pounds of Lake trout. Top prize was $1,200. Cash prizes were paid through eighth place and there were also individual cash prizes for the biggest fish in several categories.

Pictured (left to right) Ron Har, Langsburg, Michigan, Mike Luokka, Mass City, Paul Luokka and Larry Greig.

The second place team was Doug Anderson, Derek and Mike Zimmer.

Ann Colgin won the top ladies prize during the Powder Puff portion of the tourney for the largest fish caught.

Pictured (left to right) Ron Har, Langsburg, Michigan, Mike Luokka, Mass City, Paul Luokka and Larry Greig.


Results from 2009 Lake Trout Classic

Dan Greig, Larry Greig, and Matt Haynes - First Place Winners

Larry Greig, Bev Meagher and Jim Lewis - Check Presentation

1. Dan Greig and Matt Haynes - 36.89
2. Mark Bierman and Ben Schade - 34.54
3. Jim Walters and Pete Walters - 33.88
5. Pat Pestka and Andy Pestka - 32.99
6. Jared Coffey and Shane Coffey - 32.33
7. Eric Harsvick and Larry Dishaw - 31.75
8. Derek Zimmer and Chris Ross - 30.43

Largest Fish Category:

Largest Lake Trout - Chris Hill - 13.93

Largest Steel Head - John Niskkanen - 2.95

Ladies Largest Lake Trout - Ann Colgin - 4.74

Largest Coho - Tom Picotte - 4.63

Largest King Salmon - Jeff Bobula - 5.96

Largest Brown - Fred Lundberg - 8.78

Powderpuff Results (Ladies):

1. Pam Karttunen and Cayla Karttunen
2. Pam Niemi and Candy Graff
3. Roberta Wiediemier and Ashley Wiediemier

Results from 2008 Big Jon Ontonagon Lake Trout Classic

See other previous winners' photos

Below is the article from the Daily Mining Gazette of Friday, May 30, 2008:

Big Jon Ontonagon Lake Trout Classic Draws Crowd

The Fifth Annual Big Jon Ontonagon Lake Trout Classic kicked off the U.P. fishing tournament season May 16-18. Fifty-two boats and 150 hardcore anglers braved raw, cold, and rough water to fill the scoreboard with lake trout, salmon, browns, steelhead, and even a lawyer.

The popular fundraiser event included a Ladies Powder Puff Derby, a barbecue, buffet cook-off and community picnic, and a fish fry at the Shamrock Bar. Six teams competed in the cook-off, serving 445 meals.

The event raised $8,800 for the Ontonagon County Cancer Association, an inspired achievement for a small, economically challenged community.

Men's largest lake trout - John Niskanen - 14.22

Women's largest lake trout - Ann Colgin - 5.69

Largest king salmon - Pat Pestka - 13.5

Largest coho - Will Stipanovich - 7.72

Largest steelhead – Wayne Boucher - 4.02

Largest brown - Ann Colgin - 4.90

2nd - Mike Applecamp and John Niskanen - 31.86

3rd - Jim Johnson and Dennis Forslund – 31.12

4th - Dan Audette and Jim Richardson - 29.39

5th - Marcus Biermen and Ben Shadey - 29.14

6th - Kurt Masskotte and Dan Behnke - 23.76

7th - Pat Pestka and Andy Pestka - 21.18

8th - John Walker and Nathan Warner - 19.99

Ladies Powder Puff Derby

1st place - Elaine Pierce and Mary Nicolos - 14.13

2nd place - Pam aandnd Kayla Karttunen - 13.73

3rd place - Ann Colgin and Sandy Baker - 12.80

Below is the article from the Ironwood Globe of Friday, June 13, 2008:

Fishing tourney raises thousands for Ontonagon Cancer Association

Globe Staff Writer

ONTONAGON — The Big Jon Ontonagon Lake Trout Classic fishing tournament has raised thousands of dollars for the Ontonagon County Cancer Association, but the check given to them this week astounded association members.

Larry Greig, originator of the classic, and his friends who run the companion Classic Barbecue dinner competition, presented a check for $8,800 to cancer association treasurer Sandi Morin. Morin was overwhelmed with the total.

She said last year the fishing contest donation of $2,000 helped continue to pay for patient care when that portion of the budget was depleted.

Money collected in Ontonagon County remains in the county to assist cancer patients with bills not paid by insurance.

The association also sponsors free mammograms for women and PSA tests for men on alternating years.

Greig said local sponsors also make the classic possible.

"Even in hard economic times they have been so generous to us in their sponsorship," Greig said. The tourney attracts numbers of fishing enthusiasts to Ontonagon for top prize money.

The addition of a powder puff category also helped keep more entrants in the county overnight and assisted the local economy, he said.

About 30 percent of the entrants come from out of the area.

The barbecue contest and dinner has been an expansion of the classic and was held for the second time this year. Tom Domitrovich, Jerry Roehm, and Daryl Birely, along with many other volunteers, spearheaded the barbecue.

"All of Ontonagon should be proud of the many volunteers who make this possible," Greig said. "I have had e-mails, calls and other comments on how much fun the contestants had, noting how friendly the people of Ontonagon are and how they plan to return," Greig explained.

Greig has a special affinity for the cancer association. His mother, father, first wife, father-in-law and mother-in-law all died of the disease.

He was living downstate at the time and was governor of the Michigan Bow Hunters Association. Many people did not like bow hunting, and Greig sponsored some of the events, with the proceeds to be given to hospice, since that organization had done so much for his family.

But the impact of the Lake Trout Classic does not end with the donation to the cancer association. The fishermen donate their catch, and Harbor Town Cafe, under the direction of owner Joanne Lane, assisted by Shamrock owner, George Pestka, and his fiancee, Denise Thompson, host a fish fry at the Shamrock Bar in Ontonagon.

Proceeds of that fish fry are donated to Bay Cliff Health Camp.One man's tragic family history of cancer has resulted in helping many, many others get the financial help they need in fighting the disease.

Ontonagon County Cancer Association treasurer Sandi Morin, left, accepts a check for $8,800 from Larry Greig, center, sponsor of the Lake Trout Classic tourney. Also part of that Classic are the men who led the Classic barbecue dinner and contest—left to right, Tom Domitrovich, Jerry Roehm and Daryl Birely.

Photos from previous years

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