Ponca City, Okla. — July 13, 2020 — Lake Huron may be listed as #2 on greatest of the “Great Lakes”, but July 17-18 anglers of the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) will consider it the #1 thing they need to beat on their way to a trophy, presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments.
Launching out of the lakeside town of Oscada, MI, competitors will have the entire U.S. side of Lake Huron to explore, with many of them searching the northern edge of famed Saginaw Bay. “I anticipate seeing a 50/50 split in anglers going to the south, towards Saginaw Bay and the others going north, getting closer to waters they may have fished in years we have launched out of the St. Mary’s River.” Says Jack Baker, MWC Tournament Director.
This tournament was scheduled in early April of 2020 due to the cancellation of the Detroit River event for Covid 19 safety precautions. “Fortunately for us, Oscoda is a fishing town and they welcomed the chance to host us on the first phone call!” Said Jeff Kelm, tournament emcee. “I’m excited for this small community to get the chance to show off to the walleye world. With a large launch and an abundant walleye population, plus an active CVB/Chamber of Commerce taking care of anglers, this is going to be fun.”
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 from Ranger Cup, Lowrance, Okuma, AirWave and T-H Marine Atlas Awards add thousands more for distribution among the field.
Qualified teams from the 2020 season earning points in at least three qualifiers compete for coveted berths in the 2021 World Walleye Championship, set for October 2021 on the Mississippi River in Lake City, MN. 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 the Ausable Harbor beginning at 3:00pm both days July 17, 18. We encourage you to watch the weigh-ins live, online, at masterswalleyecircuit.com or on our Facebook page facebook.com/MastersWalleyeCircuit.
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 36 years. MWC is open to walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2020 schedule includes seven qualifiers in seven 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 Huron tournament is close of business Tuesday, July 14. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for full details.
Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 19th 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: AirWave Pedestals, Church Tackle, Berkley Fishing, Okuma, Power-Pole, Soft Steel and T-H Marine. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (580) 765-9031.