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22 October 2012

Fishing for a Cause

We’ve already told you about the wildlife habitat that makes up 180 of the 430 acres at our World Headquarters in Ada, Michigan. But did you know that includes a 17.5-acre lake?

Fondly called Lake Amway, it holds 22.5 million gallons of water and has an average depth of 30 feet. Recently, we also found out it is home to some pretty big fish.

For the first time ever, we opened up Lake Amway for fishing to employees, their friends and family as part of our efforts to raise money for the Heart of West Michigan United Way.

Seventeen people signed up for the charity fishing tournament, competing for bragging rights in several categories. We won’t name the winners for fear people will pester them for autographs and fishing tips, but here is a list of the fish that earned them their honors:

  • Quickest catch: largemouth bass in 5 seconds.
  • Largest fish: 22 ¼-inch catfish.
  • Smallest fish: 3 ¼-inch smallmouth bass
  • Most fish caught by one angler: 38
  • Catch of the day: An 11-inch bluegill that qualified for a Master Angler Award by the Department of Natural Resources.

At the end of the day, 294 bass, perch, catfish and bluegill were landed. More importantly, the event raised more than $700 for the United Way. Well done!

Check out a photo album from the day at our Amway Facebook page.

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  1. Hi everyone,
    Afriend and I participated in the event and had a great time the two of us caught and released 52 fish in the 2.5 hours that we were there. I would suggest that other events such as a kids fishing day and maybe 2 different times of the year for a charity fishing tournments. A possibility would also be a lower cost. I thought the rules were fair and the times were good as well. great job to the people invloved. thank you.

    1. Hi, we’re glad you had a good time! This was our first event like this so we welcome your ideas for the future. Sorry if you found the cost too high, but we’re happy to report that all the proceeds went to charity!

  2. Hi,

    Is “Lake Amway” a completely private lake, or is there some public access?

    Rick – That was a bunch of fish man, 52 in 2.5 hours. That is an incredible catch rate!

    I would love to take my two boys out to the lake and catch some next time the opportunity is available.

    Thank you,
    Michael

    1. Hi Michael,

      At this time Lake Amway is not open to the public. However, they are planning on holding another charity tournament next year, so watch for the announcement!

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