Changing Hearts and Bringing Hope

Fish with the Pros 2016


Fish with the Pros got its start in 1999 when several Lifeline executives were casting about for fundraising ideas. They thought about a charity golf tournament, but quickly realized that everybody in the world does a golf event. Then one of the agency’s part-time employees suggested holding a sort of intensive fishing workshop, featuring prominent fishing pros who would donate their time and gear to the cause. 

Fourteen people signed up for the trip the first year, mostly businessmen from the area around Ft. Wayne, IN where Lifeline has its headquarters. Guests and pros spent a leisurely weekend at a cabin on Lake Leelenau near Traverse City, MI where they fished for the majority of the day and relaxed around a campfire in the evenings.

​Since the first trip, Fish with the Pros has grown from a small fundraising idea into a selection of sought after fishing opportunities. In 2017, two events will be held at Spider Lake Retreat in beautiful Traverse City, Michigan. 

2017's dates: Sept 29-Oct 2, 2017 (SOLD OUT) and Oct 13-16, 2017. Pricing is $1,600 per person. 

Corporate partnerships price for 4 is $6,000 ($1,500 each) plus logo recognition. 

If you’d like to find out more about Fish with the Pros or are interested in participating, contact Frances Brooks at