Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend

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Walleye Weekend 2023

May 6-7, 2023

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40th Annual Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend

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The 40th Annual Walleye Weekend was an enjoyable and successful kick-off to the Walleye season in the Iowa Great Lakes Area. Although a tagged walleye wasn’t caught and the Grand Prize wasn’t awarded, the weekend turned out to be a great success thanks to the fantastic turnout of over 2,000 anglers from 16 different states. The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce would like to congratulate and thank everyone who was involved in the efforts that went into making the weekend a success.

Congratulations to the winners of the heaviest fish contests. Click Here to see the full results.

Thank you to our sponsors: The City of Arnolds Park, Fisherman's Factory Outlet, Oak Hill Outdoor, Okoboji Gas Company, Pure Fishing, Mediacom Spirit Lake, Stan's Bait and Tackle, Okoboji Motor Company, and Walker Insurance Agency. Thank you to all bait shops and weigh-in stations that we are fortunate enough to work with: Fisherman’s Factory Outlet, Oak HIll Outdoor/The Hook Up, Okoboji Gas Company, Kabele's Trading Post & Lodge, and Stan's Bait & Tackle. Thank you to Pure Fishing and Fisherman’s Factory Outlet for generously donating over $3,500 in prizes for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners in the heaviest fish categories.

Thank you as well to the many Chamber members who donated a variety of items to the prize packages given out at the Awards Luncheon. With your help, we were able to award over 100 raffle prizes! Thank you to the dedicated Iowa Navy Commodores and other volunteers for their time spent registering participants late into the night on Friday and for their additional help at the Awards Luncheon on Sunday. Thank you to all of you for taking part in the 40th Annual Walleye Weekend. Mark your calendars for the 41stAnnual Walleye Weekend May 6-7, 2023!

Save the date for the 41st Annual Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend

Each year the Iowa Great Lakes Area kicks off walleye season with the Iowa Great Lakes Area Walleye Weekend tournament put on by the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce. Ten walleye are tagged and released in to the chain of Iowa Great Lakes. Starting at midnight on Saturday, May 6th you can cast your chance at catching one of these 10 tagged walleye worth $41,000! There are many other chances to win prizes all weekend long - from the largest fish categories to the raffle prizes at the awards luncheon.
The weekend's tournament ends at 11:59am on Sunday, May 7th. Make sure to sign up for the extended contest giving you a chance to catch one of the remaining tagged walleye from 12:00pm Sunday, May 7th to 11:59pm on August 31st. The first 3 tagged walleye caught during the extended contest are paid out a percentage of the registration fees all summer long!

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$41,000 Grand Prize

There are 41,000 reasons to register for Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend this year. Catch one of the 10 tagged walleye released in the Iowa Great Lakes chain of lakes and the $40,000 prizes is yours! It's the reel deal! Registration is open for anglers of all ages and experience. Register before 11:59pm on Friday, May 5th for your chance at the 10 tagged walleye and thousands of dollars in additional prizes all weekend long!

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Extended Contest

Planning on fishing in the Iowa Great Lakes over the summer months? Don't miss out on thousands of dollars! Make sure to register for the extended contest for your chance at the remaining tagged walleye until August 31st! Three tagged walleye were caught in 2020, but none of the anglers were registered, leaving over $4,000 unawarded! Don't make the same mistake - register today! Registrants for the Extended Contest are not required to register for Walleye Weekend.

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Additional Prizes

There are so many opportunities to win wonderful prizes all weekend long! Over $3,500 in prizes are given to the top 3 anglers in each of the heaviest fish categories. Whether you're fishing for Northern Pike, Walleye, Panfish, or Bullhead, there's a prize package waiting for you! Bring in your fish to one of our participating local bait shops for your chance at the awesome prize packages provided by Fisherman's Factory Outlet and Pure Fishing!

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Awards Luncheon

Join us for the awards luncheon on Sunday, May 7th at the Dickinson County Expo Building in Spirit Lake. Winners of the heaviest fish categories will be announced and awarded, thousands of dollars worth of raffle prizes will be given away to those registered for this year's Walleye Weekend. Lunch is free for anglers registered for the weekend's competition and limited to the first 500 attendees.

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Get Your Gear

It's not too late to get your gear! A small amount of t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts are still available for purchase at the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce or online! Apparel is on flash sale, so make sure to get yours before they're gone!

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Grant Process

Each year a portion of the Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend proceeds are donated to benefit angling in the Iowa Great Lakes. Do you have a project or club promoting and encouraging angling in the Iowa Great Lakes Area? 501C-3 non-profit organizations interested in applying for a grant can email blain@okobojichamber.com for more information.

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GRANT PROCESS

Each year a portion of the Iowa Great Lakes Walleye Weekend proceeds are donated to benefit angling in the Iowa Great Lakes. 501C-3 non-profit organizations interested in applying for a grant can email blain@okobojichamber.com for more information.