The Future of Walleye Tournament Fishing

A few days have gone by now since the pros and co-anglers gathered in Davenport, IA, for the National Guard FLW Walleye Tournament learned their event would be the last walleye tournament sponsored by the FLW organization. At the same time, we le

arned from Ranger Boats they were taking over the tournament and would be utilizing Cabela’s and Evinrude as major sponsors for the 2013 series. We were referred to a new website,, for more information. Bottom line is there will an opportunity for a full field of 125 boats

with the first place payout a combination of a Ranger Boat and cash. Ranger is announcing in today’s news release this will be the “richest” payout in walleye tournament fishing for 2013. We’ve been waiting to hear from the A.I.M. walleye tournament series for their announcement about next year’s schedule. I’m confident the early January meeting of the

NPAA in Minneapolis will see the tournament schedule, sponsors, payouts, and media opportunities further outlined. What do the majority of pros think? So far, the pros who’ve fished the FLW seem willing to fish the NWT even with the higher entry fees. Co-anglers need to chime in, too, because they play a big part in each tournament’s success. Walleye Wisdom is interested in your comments about the new walleye tournament series. Please take the time to post your views. I’ll be using Facebook and Walleye Wisdom to keep you up-to-date on what I’m seeing and hearing from the walleye pros. Thanks for reading this report! Spike

  1 comment for “The Future of Walleye Tournament Fishing

  1. jim henzie
    December 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Two of the three qualifying tournaments being on the same old places…Red Wing and Port Clinton…Sturgeon Bay should be interesting. Possible problem with Erie tournament going out of Port Clinton a month later than previous tournaments..big fish should be out in the deeper water 30 miles east and if the wind and weather gets bad…suggest that running the event out of a location east of Port Clinton would be safer. Is Canada in play?
    bestfishes – jim

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