Fishing for Freedom - Quincy

May 31-June 2, 2024

Registration opens February 1 each year for Warriors and Boaters

Fish Swimming

What is Fishing for Freedom - Quincy?

Fishing For Freedom - Quincy is a no entry fee bass, catfish, and crappie tournament that pairs our Warriors (Active-Duty Military and Veterans) with our Boaters (professional anglers, avid tournament fishermen, fishing guides, and local outdoorsmen) for a fun day of fishing on our local fisheries. Fishing For Freedom - Quincy cannot give back all the lost time away from the great outdoors during deployment, but we can give back a weekend. We do that by providing our Warriors with a weekend full of entertainment and enjoyment of the great outdoors with their fellow Veterans and Active-Duty personnel, as well as the general public, at no cost to them. This event is designed to provide our Warriors with events that range from a meet and greet to promote camaraderie, our tournament for IL Veterans Home residents, a Heroes Banquet with a meal, raffles, presentations, and auctions, and finally a day of fun tournament fishing on the Mighty Mississippi River or Mark Twain Lake. We also have a private lake(s) where we take our Warriors who cannot easily fish from a boat to ensure their safety and well-being.

Support Our Veterans

This event is a great way for citizens and businesses in Quincy and our surrounding communities to honor our Veterans and active duty personnel and to show them our sincere appreciation. Fishing For Freedom - Quincy is made possible by our patriotic American sponsors and sportsmen from the Tri-state area and from across the country, who donate their hard-earned money and volunteer their time to help make our event a success each year. Without the support from our donors and volunteers this event would not have grown as it has since its inception in 2011. Fishing For Freedom - Quincy is a fully volunteer lead 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with nation-wide outreach and support. Contact us for more information, or to become a partner of our event.


This year's event will include the following divisions:

  • Staff Sgt. Matt Weichert Memorial Bass Division (Mississippi River)

    Pool 19 & 20 Division and Pool 21 to Pool 24 Division

  • Staff Sgt. Matt Weichert Memorial Bass Division

    Mark Twain Lake Division and the Reregulation Pool Division

  • Allie Lymenstull Catfish Division

    Pool 19-20 Division, Pool 21-24 Division, Mark Twain Lake Division

  • Staff Sgt. Keith "Matt" Maupin Crappie Division

    Mark Twain Lake Division

  • Private Lake(s)

    (limited to special needs Warriors unable to fish from boats)

The weekend is about showing our Warriors a good time with good old-fashioned Midwestern hospitality in an area that greatly supports its Armed Forces, but most importantly it is about saying THANKS!

To all of our Active-Duty and Veterans, thank you for your service and sacrifice to keep this country free. We hope you can join us this year!