2023 Schedule Released to Industry at ICAST

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit 2023 Schedule Released to Industry at ICAST

Targeted Line Up Promises More Fish, More Winnings And More Fun

Ponca City, Okla.—Aug 3, 2022—The Bass Pro Shops / Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) recently unveiled its 2023 schedule to industry companies at ICAST in Orlando, FL. The MWC is the longest running National Walleye Circuit of any kind and targets high-stakes, team-format qualifying events on seven of the nation’s top walleye destinations, while following our mission statement of focusing on the “Best Walleye Waters At The Best Times, For The Toughest Anglers On Planet Earth.” Entry fees for the 2023 season will remain unchanged as they have been for more than 12 years.

As the 2023 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit will enter its 39th year, teams will have seven qualifying events to choose from to vie for a chance to qualify for the longest running circuit championship in all of walleye fishing. Top point-accumulating teams on the 2023 circuit fishing three or more events will qualify for the 2024 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship, September 26-28, 2024 at Alpena, MI.

“We try to gain input from the anglers each year to build out an exciting schedule that anglers would want to fish, and hold them in communities that welcome the anglers.”  Tournament Director Jeff Kelm said, “We also try to move the World Walleye Championship across the county from east to west and back again to better serve anglers and to test their skills to see who can earn the title of World Walleye Champions.”

The 2023 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit tournament schedule will look like this, pending permit approvals from various state agencies:

March 17-18, Spring Valley, IL. (Illinois River)

April 21-22, Monroe, MI (Lake Erie/Detroit River)

May 5-6, Redwing, MN (Mississippi River)

June 16-17, Lake Erie, OH (Cleveland Area)

July 21-22, Oconto, WI (Bay of Green Bay)

August 25-26, Wagner, SD (Lake Francis Case)

September 15-16, Cass Lake, MN (Cass Lake)

2023 WWC October 5-7, Pierre, SD (Lake Sharpe) (2022 Season Qualifiers)

2024 WWC -Alpena, MI. September 26-28 (2023 Season Qualifiers)

The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s lucrative payouts, based on the number of teams entered in each event, provide even more inspiration to join the fun. In addition, the MWC big-fish pot, option pot payouts and sponsor bonuses including Ranger Cup, Lowrance Electronics, Okuma, and T-H Marine Atlas Awards add thousands more to the total. As a result, winners have a chance at pocketing $10,000 or more in extra awards based on these bonus programs in cash and prizes. Plus, the first-place team at each event wins a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid NTC entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques. The MWC always pays back considerably more than 100% in cash and prizes every year.

Teams fishing at least four qualifying events in 2023 will compete for “Team of the Year” awards including a $10,000 “MWC Living the Dream” sponsorship package and thousands more in cash, Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s gift cards and paid tournament entries.

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 38 years, since 1984. MWC events are open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. Registration for the 2023 events will open in January 3, 2023 online at masterswalleyecircuit.com.

Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 21st 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, Okuma, Power-Pole, Fish Labs and T-H Marine. For more information, email support@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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2022 MWC Heads out to the Wild West Waters of Lake Oahe for Big SoDak Walleyes! Presented by Lowrance

2022 MWC Heads out to the Wild West Waters of Lake Oahe for Big SoDak Walleyes!

Presented by Lowrance

Ponca City, Okla. – August 1, 2022 – The anglers and staff of the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit have had a little time to take a breath since the last MWC event over on Lake Huron back in June. Now we’re well rested and ready for the ride way out west to the famed waters of Lake Oahe near Gettysburg, SD.

Anglers will have an area of roughly 370,000 acres to find the biggest walleyes this system has to offer. Lake Oahe is a walleye factory that never seems to disappoint! During the afternoon on both August 19th and 20th, anglers will bring the top 5 walleyes each day to the scales on West Whitlock RD. The weigh in for each day will start at 3:00 p.m. for this event, presented by Lowrance.

Lake Oahe has a special set of regulations that anglers must follow when deciding which fish, they want to bring to the scales. Each participant may only have one walleye over 20 inches in their possession each day. That means, of the five coming across the stage each day, anglers will have to find the heaviest fish possible under 20 inches to plump up that bag. Last year’s winners brought over 39 lbs. of walleyes to the stage and were still two fish short of a two-day limit. We’ll have to wait and see if someone will crack that 40 lb. or better mark this year!

Daily live weigh-ins will be held at West Whitlock in Gettysburg, SD beginning at 3:00 on August 19th and 20th. We welcome everyone to watch the weigh-ins live, online, at masters walleyecircuit.com or on our Facebook page facebook.com/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, a travel stipend, team jerseys, and plaques. Additionally, the big-fish pot, option-pot and sponsor bonuses from Ranger Cup, Lowrance, Okuma, and T-H Marine Atlas Awards will add thousands more for distribution among the field.

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 the past 38 years. The MWC is open to walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2022 schedule includes seven qualifiers in six states, plus berths into the 2023 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship. Registration is now open for all events, and the registration deadline for the Lake Oahe tournament is close of business Monday, August 15th. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for full details.

Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 21st season as title sponsor of the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats. Associate sponsors include: The Walleye Federation, Church Tackle, FishLab, Okuma, Power-Pole and T-H Marine. For more information, email support@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

Trombley and Schaefer Hold on to Day 1 Lead to Get the Win at Lake Huron – Presented by Ranger Boats

Trombley and Schaefer Hold on to Day 1 Lead to Get the Win at Lake Huron

Presented by Ranger Boats

Oscoda, MI – June 23, 2022 – With a game plan set, Jacob Trombley (Gladwin, MI) and Peter Schaefer (Linwood, MI) set out on day-1 of the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) event on one of the largest freshwater lakes in the world. There was no doubt after the results of the first day that this team had something figured out that would leave every other team scratching their heads and going back to the drawing board for the second day of the tournament. After a great bag that weighed 28-08 lbs. from day one that put them in the lead by over 7 lbs., these anglers turned around and brought in another solid bag that would give them a two-day total weight of 53-03 lbs., and seal the deal awarding them nearly $12,500 from the MWC and sponsors for their hard work!

Trombley and Schaefer are no strangers to Lake Huron and the great lakes region. The duo are also regular competitors of the Michigan Walleye Tour (MWT), which is under The Walleye Federation (TWF), and also won their event which was held alongside the MWC tournament in Oscoda, MI. For winning both events, these gentlemen took home upwards of $30,000 in cash and prizes for two days of outstanding fishing!

For Jacob and Peter, the money they won included a spot in the 2023 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship (NTC) in Marinette, WI on the Bay of Green Bay. The NTC bonus given to first place MWC anglers includes a paid entry, custom NTC jerseys, custom NTC qualifier plaques and a travel stipend worth $1,000 and $200 in Okuma reels!

Let’s have a look at the rest of the top-five teams and what they’ve won:

2nd: Stephen Velte and Ted Stehney 47-08, $4,000 cash and $2,327 option pot cash

3rd: Eric Kruczynski and Amanda Lenard 45-12, $2,400 cash and $1,450 option pot cash and $1,000 Lowrance bonus

4th: Jason Trapp and Kyle Everitt 44-04, $2,000 cash

5th: Jerry Fox Jr. and Steve Vandermark 41-13, $1,600 cash and $950 option pot cash

Combined the anglers caught a total of 324 walleyes weighing a total of 1216-00 lbs. The biggest fish of 9-05 lbs. and the biggest one-day total of 35-13 lbs. was caught by the 3rd place team, Eric Kruczynski and Amanda Lenard.

The staff and sponsors of the MWC would like to thank the cities, local businesses, and volunteers of Oscoda and AuSable, Michigan for rolling out the red carpet for this event. From coordinating the launch on both days of the event, providing coffee and donuts to the anglers in the morning before launch, and providing an awesome venue and banquet for the registration and rules meeting on Thursday night. These folks left no stone unturned, making it one of the favorite stops for the anglers and staff that work this event. Thank you!

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 38 years. The MWC is open to walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2022 schedule includes seven qualifiers in six states, plus the 2022 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for full details.

Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 22st season as title sponsor of the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, and Ranger Boats. Associate sponsors include: The Walleye Federation, Church Tackle, FishLab, Okuma, Power-Pole, and T-H Marine. For more information, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

 

2022 MWC To Visit the Third Largest Freshwater Lake in the World, Lake Huron, Oscoda, MI. June 17-18 Presented by Ranger Boats

2022 MWC To Visit the Third Largest Freshwater Lake in the World, Lake Huron, Oscoda, MI.  June 17-18

 Presented by Ranger Boats

Ponca City, Okla. – June 9, 2022 – The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) is set to travel to Lake Huron, for the 5th qualifying stop on the 2022 circuit. Presented by Ranger Boats, anglers will be in search of some walleyes of equally large proportions to the waters they live in. This event will be run in conjunction with the Michigan Walleye Tour as well, combining two events into one for teams to cash-in on some big winnings.

The event will launch right in the middle of some of the most fertile walleye waters in the nation at Oscoda, Michigan’s AuSable Harbor. According to a 2019 population study, there are an estimated 5.5 million walleyes in Saginaw Bay alone. According to the Michigan DNR and a study done by Michigan State University, the booming population of walleyes in Lake Huron is partly due to the declining numbers of alewives, an invasive, predatory species that thrived in the great lakes and preyed on walleye fry. With Saginaw Bay to the south and Thunder Bay, in Alpena, to the north, the event presents anglers from all over the country opportunity to experience incredible great lakes walleye fishing. Of course, the question remains, will this event be won north of, south of or right near Oscoda? We will find out June 17-18 as competitors bring their best five walleyes across the MWC stage.

The host communities of Oscoda and Ausable, MI have been preparing for the MWC’s arrival for some time. After being chosen to host in the covid-augmented season of 2020, the community rallied behind the idea of embracing tournament fishing and has plans to continue hosting events in the future. Upon arriving, anglers will surely see the multitude of signs and marquees welcoming their presence as their impact on the area is welcomed up and down the lakeshore.

Daily live weigh-ins are free and open to the public beginning at 3:00 p.m. EDT both days at the AuSable Harbor of Refuge in Oscoda, MI.  The weigh-ins will also be broadcast live online, at masterswalleyecircuit.com or on facebook.com/MasterWalleyeCircuit.

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, a travel stipend, team jerseys, and plaques. Additionally, the big-fish pot, option-pot and sponsor bonuses from Ranger Cup, Lowrance, Okuma, and T-H Marine Atlas Awards will add thousands more for distribution among the field.

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 the past 38 years. The MWC is open to walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2022 schedule includes seven qualifiers in six states, plus berths into the 2023 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship. Registration is now open for all events, and the registration deadline for the Lake Huron tournament is close of business Monday, June13th. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for full details.

Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 21st season as title sponsor of the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats. Associate sponsors include: The Walleye Federation, Church Tackle, FishLab, Okuma, Power-Pole and T-H Marine. For more information, email support@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.