Calling all fishermen and women: get ready to kick off the 2018 walleye season in the Iowa Great Lakes during the 36th Annual Walleye Weekend on May 5 and 6. The fun weekend forming memories with friends and families is reason alone to get excited, but there may be another small benefit: the $36,000 GRAND PRIZE! Josh B. from Ames, Iowa was last year’s grand prize winner—who will be next?
The cost of the tournament is $25 for entrants aged 16 and older, and $15 for those aged 15 and younger. The Extended Contest is only an additional $15 and allows you to continue to fish for one of the tagged walleye through August 31st. The first walleye caught during the extended contest heads home with 20% of the proceeds generated from the contest, the second receives 15%, and the third receives 10%.
Walleye Weekend officially begins at 12:01 AM on Saturday, May 5th and concludes at noon on Sunday, May 6th. There will be an Awards Luncheon at the Dickinson County Expo Building in Spirit Lake beginning at noon on Sunday. The Luncheon is free to those who registered in the tournament, and it is just $5 for the general public.
In addition to the tagged walleye, there are also fantastic prizes for the heaviest stringer of 3 walleye, heaviest northern pike, heaviest stringer of 5 panfish, and heaviest stringer of 10 bullhead. Well over $3,500 in prizes for the largest fish contests will be presented during the Awards Luncheon on Sunday at the Dickinson County Expo Building as well as cash prizes and merchandise from Chamber members.
If you are interested in increasing your odds to receive fantastic prizes, we suggest participating in the optional “Largest Walleye Contest” as well. Participants will download the TourneyX app and be able to take a photo of walleye they catch throughout the tournament in the hopes that theirs is the largest. The designated board—available at all locations that carry registration forms—must be used in the photo to keep measurements consistent. Visitwww.okobojichamber.com for a full list of rules and regulations.
Registration forms will also be available at Fisherman’s Factory Outlet, Kabele’s Trading Post, Oh Shucks, Pioneer Beach, Stan’s Bait & Tackle, and at the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce office—currently located in the Three Sons store by the Queen II in Arnolds Park.