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45th annual Walleye Weekend kicks off summer

Posted at 7:13 PM, Jun 07, 2024

FOND DU LAC (NBC 26) — The three-day fishing competition & festival takes the help of thousands of volunteers to put on each year.

  • Fond du Lac's "Walleye Weekend" returns for its 45th year
  • Festival organizers say it is the largest two-day event in the state

(The following is a transcription of the full broadcast story)

What started as just a walleye fishing competition has boomed into what organizers call a can't-miss event for the whole city.

Non-profit Fond du Lac festivals is putting on the 45th annual "Walleye Weekend" at Lakeside Park.

The fishing competition—still very much a key part of the festivities—also includes a softball tournament, a food row, dog dock diving, and much, much more.

Festival co-chairs Amber Bodart and JJ Raflik tell me while the festival is fun, the real impact is what it gives back to the community.

"The community supports it! I mean, fishing is a big part of our community, whether it's Mercury Marine or Grande Cheese...I mean fish and cheese, right?" laughs Bodart.

"Yeah, I was going to say community as well!" adds Raflik.

Festival organizers tell me the Walleye Weekend will run through Sunday afternoon and that it is free for all.