Winnebago Bound for the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments

Winnebago Bound for the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit

Presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments

Ponca City, Okla. — May 5, 2021 — The fourth stop for anglers on the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) is the expansive Lake Winnebago system, May 21-22, 2021. Wisconsin’s largest inland lake, Lake Winnebago, is just one portion of the system participants are allowed to fish. With Lake Butte des Morts, Lake Poygan the Wolf and Fox River, teams will have lots of options to find the winning fish.   

The Oshkosh Area Convention and Victors Bureau (VisitOshkosh.com) will welcome teams to the area as early as this weekend to begin preparations for the big event. Sports, Sales and Service Manager Jodi Jensema had this to say. “We look forward to Lake Winnebago and the Fox River system to be busy with pre-fishing, and cannot wait for our MWC family to be in Oshkosh!” As with all events safety is key. “One thing that this last year has taught us is that fishing is Covid friendly and this will be a fun and safe event.”

Jeff Kelm, MWC Tournament Director, grew-up only minutes away from Lake Winnebago. “It’s a great place to fish. I just wish that while fishing here years ago I had the Lowrance units these anglers have now. Between searching for fish in the river systems, on the reefs or out in the mud, the anglers will learn a lot about using their electronics to win this event.” Teams with Lowrance’s HDS LIVE, Active Target, Elite FS or Ghost trolling motors will have the opportunity to win an additional $1,000 in Oshkosh and all remaining MWC events in 2021.

This MWC Winnebago event falls only three weeks ahead of Mercury Marine’s Mercury National Walley Tournament with is a Mercury owners’ event and also taking place on Lake Winnebago out of Fund Du Lac. There are limited spots left in that Mercury event anglers can sign up for at MercuryNational.com. Angler’s fishing both events will gain some additional practice and knowledge being on the water for the Masters Walleye event May 21-22, you can sign up for that event at MastersWalleyeCircuit.com.

Each MWC event has a lucrative payout which is based on the number of teams entered into that event, and is awarded to 20% of the field, providing more inspiration to sign up and join the fun. In addition, to a hefty check, the first-place team also earns a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s National Team Championship (NTC) prize package including paid entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques. Additionally, the big-fish pot, option pot and sponsor bonuses of up to $7,000 from Ranger Cup, a $1,000 Lowrance bonus, Okuma Fishing reels, Berkley Fishing Big Fish package, Lowe Equipment Cash up to $500 and T-H Marine Atlas Awards adds more for distribution among the field.

Qualified teams from the 2021 season earning points in at least three qualifiers compete for coveted berths in the 2022 World Walleye Championship, set for October 2021 on the bay of Green Bay in Oconto, WI. Those earning points in at least four qualifiers compete for Team of the Year honors, including a $10,000 sponsorship package and thousands more in cash and prizes to the top 10 teams in the final “best of 4” final standing each year.

Daily live weigh-ins will be held at Menominee Park beginning at 3:00pm both days May 21-22.  We encourage you to watch the weigh-ins live, online, at masterswalleyecircuit.com or on our Facebook page facebook.com/MastersWalleyeCircuit. Immediately following the weigh-in on Friday, May 21st, the MWC and National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) will host a Kids & Family Fishing Clinic, with free fishing rods available for 50 children in attendance.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is North America’s longest-running and undisputed leader in team walleye tournaments and as an inductee into the freshwater fishing hall of fame, has set the standard for competitive walleye fishing for 37 years. MWC is open to walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2021 schedule includes seven qualifiers in six states, plus the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship. Registration is now open for all events, and the registration deadline for the Lake Winnebago tournament is close of business Monday, May 17th. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for full details.

Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 20th season as title sponsor of the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: Church Tackle, Berkley Fishing, Okuma, Power-Pole, Soft Steel and T-H Marine. For more information, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Dreams Come True for Kelly and Wind at Big Stone Lake Presented by Ranger Boats

Dreams Come True for Kelly and Wind at Big Stone Lake

Presented by Ranger Boats

Ortonville, Minn. — April 27, 2021 — For years as the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) made a stop in Ortonville, MN, a young Ryan Kelly would ride his bike past the granite slab in Ortonville City Park chronicling the wins of some of the giants in the sport of walleye fishing. Kelly grew up witnessing the storied event each time it arrived with a dream, one day, his name would be added to the impressive list of MWC tournament winners. Presented by Ranger Boats, on the shores of Big Stone Lake, Ryan Kelly (Ortonville, MN) and his partner, Keenan Wind (Onamia, MN), forever secured their names in Big Stone lore as 2021 winners.  

The “Toughest Walleye Anglers on Planet Earth” gritted though a cold front bite on Big Stone Lake, but through it all 5-8lb fish were common. “This community and it’s history with the MWC keeps us coming back.” Said tournament director, Jeff Kelm. “Even on a tough bite, the big fish a number of these teams found rivaled big fish weights at Lake Erie just last week as multiple 8-pound fish were weighed at both events!”

Ryan and Keenan used their Lowrance Live units to search out fish in amongst the 64 boat, 10-state field both Friday and Saturday. The pair managed to land four fish to take the lead on Friday weighing 14-01, a day where most teams found only one fish to bring to the scales. On Saturday, they knew they needed to keep up that pace in order to take home a win. Fortunately for them, their three-fish 6-9 basket on Saturday, was enough to keep them at the top.

Ryan always hoped to be standing where he watched some of the most influential walleye anglers to ever fish a tournament, but he never imagined it would happen the way it did. With a two-day weight of 20-10, and passing the mandatory polygraph given at the end of the event, the duo took home over $15,000 in cash and prizes including a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship prize package, $1,000 Lowrance bonus, $3,348 in option pot cash and custom trophies.

 

Rounding out the top-five remaining teams:

2nd: Doug and Mark Galant 15-13, $4,900 cash, $2,300 option post cash and $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus

3rd: Rick and Dillion Robinson 12-02, $3,546 cash and $1,600 option pot cash, Okuma Bonus ($200 Okuma reels)

4th:  Tom and Scott Albrecht 11-15, $2,550 and $900 option pot cash

5th: Brian Steichen and Shawn Carl 11-08, $2,100 cash

 

The 54 fish weighed a total of 205 lbs. 05 oz. during the event. The Berkley Big Fish of the event was 8-06 caught by Tom and Scott Albrecht.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is North America’s longest-running and undisputed leader in team walleye tournaments and as an inductee into the freshwater fishing hall of fame, has set the standard for competitive walleye fishing for 37 years. MWC is open to walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2021 schedule includes seven qualifiers in six states, plus the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship. Registration is now open for all events, and the registration deadline for the Lake Winnebago tournament is close of business Monday, May 17th. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for full details.

Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 20th season as title sponsor of the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: Church Tackle, Berkley Fishing, Okuma, Power-Pole, Soft Steel and T-H Marine. For more information, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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MWC Live Coverage

LIVE coverage of the 2021 MWC Big Stone Lake, Ortonville, MN event, Presented by Ranger Boats on April 23-24 at 3:00 CT.

LIVE Leaderboard will begin updating once the weigh-in begins at each event click the BLUE link below!

Leaderboard

LIVE video will be done where a suitable internet connection can be secured lakeside and will be shown below. Live streaming video will go live a couple of minutes before the published weigh-in time for that event if we have a connection.
OR you can check out our Facebook page for Facebook live coverage. HERE

 

Same Weight, Different Day for Lemke, Price to Win at Lake Erie Presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments

Same Weight, Different Day for Lemke, Price to Win at Lake Erie

Presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments

Port Clinton, Ohio. — April 21, 2021 — It’s often touted that in order to maintain a high level of excellence, you must be consistent. With back-to-back weights of 31-01 both Friday April 16 and Saturday April 17, Mark Lemke (Dexter, MI) and Walter Price (Lowell, MI) took home a close win on the shoreline of Lake Erie, in Port Clinton, OH. The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC), presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments, had 238 participants from 18 states fishing for their share of the nearly $100,000 prize purse.  On the second and final day, the Masters Walleye Circuit partnered with the LEWT, a Ranger Boats sponsored local circuit, to weigh their anglers on the MWC’s big stage, for a total of 322 participants at Port Clinton.

By weighing a total of 62-02 Lemke and Price nearly secured a sweep of first-place event and contingencies monies, including the $15,400 first place check and $5,800 option pot bonus. The team also won a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package, including paid entry into the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s NTC, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

Utilizing their Lowrance LIVE units in Walter’s Ranger boat, they targeted fish in deeper water on one of the Islands in Lake Erie. Conditions on Thursday prior to the event were similar to those of the first day of competition. Breezy winds and rolling waves took some of the fun out of practicing on Thursday, but Lemke and Price stayed the course and it paid off. “We actually found those fish on Thursday, in the wind.” Commented Mark. “They were higher in the water column on Thursday and Friday, then Saturday they went deeper when things settled down.” The pair knew this was the program they needed to stay on, but at mid-day on Saturday they lacked the winning fish. “The last couple hours, we had finally figured out to run the baits deeper for the larger fish and filled the bag then.”

After fishing the circuit for nearly a decade, this is the team’s first MWC win. They were awarded over $30,000 in cash and prizes including the aforementioned first-place prizes and NTC bid, along with the all-new $7,000 Ranger Cup bonus, $1,000 Lowrance bonus, $200 in fishing reels from Okuma and two custom trophies.

Rounding out the top-five remaining teams:

2nd: Peter and Ted Mart 61-13, $6,700 cash

3rd: Todd Vesperman & Keith Daniels 61-00, $4,400 cash and 2nd place option pot bonus of $3,300

4th:  John Bouvette & Cliff Newby 60-05, $3,500 cash

5th: Nicholas & Gary Zart 59-05, $3,000 cash and 3rd place option pot bonus of $2,300

The 1160 fish weighed a total of 5616 lbs. 10 oz. during the event. The Berkley Big Fish of the event was 9-09 caught by Joe Wickey and James Calvisky and largest 5-fish limit weighed was handed in by Patrick Hugget and Jason Goebel at 33-09.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is North America’s longest-running and undisputed leader in team walleye tournaments and as an inductee into the freshwater fishing hall of fame, has set the standard for competitive walleye fishing for 37 years. MWC is open to walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2021 schedule includes seven qualifiers in six states, plus the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship. Registration is now open for all events, and the registration deadline for the Lake Winnebago tournament is close of business Monday, May 17th. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for full details.

Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 20th season as title sponsor of the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: Church Tackle, Berkley Fishing, Okuma, Power-Pole, Soft Steel and T-H Marine. For more information, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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