Professional angler, Bassmaster champion and Michigan native Kevin VanDam visits Michigan Capitol

For Immediate Release:
October 29, 2013

Contact:  Derek Sova
(517) 373-0793

LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker and other lawmakers welcomed four-time Bassmaster champion and Kalamazoo resident Kevin VanDam to the Michigan Capitol on Tuesday.

“Kevin is arguably the best angler in the world and he chooses to call Michigan home,” said Schuitmaker, R-Lawton. “We are really excited to honor a Michigan native who has achieved so much success in the world of professional bass fishing.”

Kevin has won numerous awards during his career including four Bassmaster Classic titles and seven Toyota Tundra Angler of Year titles.  He is also the all-time money winner on the Bassmaster Tournament trail.

"Kevin and his wife Sherry are generous with their time and talents. Not only is Kevin a great angler, but he and Sherry are devoted to giving back to their community. We are proud of their accomplishments and that they call Kalamazoo County home," said State Rep. Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage.

Last month, Bassmaster held its 2013 Elite Series Toyota All-Star Week and Evan Williams Bourbon Championship on Muskegon Lake and White Lake in Muskegon. The event brought some of the top professional anglers from around the nation to Michigan.

Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, represents the Muskegon area and worked to bring Kevin and other Bassmaster representatives to Lansing. 

“This national bass fishing competition and family-oriented festival was a great success for Muskegon County and one we hope to replicate again,” said Hansen. “We will be showcasing to Bassmaster Michigan’s commitment to the Pure Michigan campaign and willingness to explore new partnerships.”

Kevin grew up in Kalamazoo and discovered his love of fishing on many of Michigan’s pristine lakes. His success began early as he won Michigan BASS Federation Angler of Year twice before turning pro. 

“The beauty of Michigan’s natural resources is unmatched,” said Schuitmaker. “In addition to being one of the top anglers in the world, Kevin is a great ambassador for all that Michigan has to offer to the outdoor sporting community.”

Hansen added: “I am excited that Bassmaster has the potential to bring even more tournaments to Michigan and continue a tradition of excellence.”

Numerous events have been planned in Kevin’s honor. He will be meeting the governor, legislative leaders and the Department of Natural Resources director. He will also be attending legislative sessions and attending a meet and greet with other Bassmaster officials. They are in Lansing discussing ways to strengthen the partnership between Bassmaster and Michigan.

More information about Kevin can be found on his website at