The country’s top walleye anglers will gather in Escanaba, Michigan, Oct. 17-19 to battle for the ultimate title in team walleye fishing at the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s 2013 World Walleye Championship.
Held on mighty Lake Michigan’s Big and Little Bays de Noc, the Championship pits 47 elite two-person teams against one another for $100,000 in cash and prizes, plus thousands more in sponsor contingencies including Cabela’s Angler Cash, Ranger Cup, Lowrance HDS Gen2/Elite-7, Berkley Baits and Optima True Blue.
Teams qualified for the 2013 World Walleye Championship by earning points during the 2012 Cabela’s MWC season at world-class walleye destinations from the Great Lakes to Pueblo, Colorado. Each spot in the field is by invitation-only, carries no entry fee, and is coveted amongst tournament anglers.
Rich in fishing talent, the field is led by the 2012 Cabela’s MWC Team of the Year, David Kolb of Rockford, Michigan, and Jason Kopf of Avon Lake, Ohio. Teams will compete three days for the largest total weight. They are allowed to bring their five best walleyes to the Cabela’s MWC stage each day, and under the Circuit’s catch-and-release format, the fish will be released back into Bays de Noc.
Walleye fans of all ages are invited to watch the drama unfold live at the weigh-ins, which are free and open to the public. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. daily at the U.P. State Fairgrounds in Escanaba. Immediately following Friday’s weigh-in, the Cabela’s MWC, National Professional Anglers Association, Pure Fishing and Zippo Outdoor Brands will present a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic. The first 50 youths will receive rod-and-reel combos courtesy of the NPAA. Adding to the excitement, on-the-water and weigh-in action will be filmed for national television airing on Federation Angler, on the NBC Sports Network.
The Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship is the final Cabela’s MWC tournament of 2013. The season included 10 qualifiers: the Illinois River at Spring Valley, Illinois, March 23-24; the Detroit River at Trenton, Michigan, April 12-14; Pueblo Reservoir, Colorado, May 17-19; Lake Erie out of Huron, Ohio, May 17-19; Lake Michigan at Oconto, Wisconsin, May 31-June 2; Lake Oahe at Spring Creek, South Dakota, June 7-9; Lake Winnebago at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, June 28-30; Devils Lake, North Dakota, August 2-4; the St. Mary’s River at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, August 22-23; and Cass Lake, Minnesota, out of Stony Point Resort, Sept. 13-15.
Logo courtesy Cabela's Master Walleye Circuit