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National Walleye Tour tournament underway in Sturgeon Bay

Posted at 6:23 PM, May 27, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-27 19:23:24-04

STURGEON BAY (NBC 26) — The National Walleye Tour's tournament schedule for 2021 includes a stop in Sturgeon Bay.

"We love coming here to the Great Lakes," said Anthony Wright, tournament director for the National Walleye Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. "The anglers love coming up here because there’s big boats, big bodies of water, big waves, but mainly because of all those big fish that are out here, so we all just love coming."

The two-day tournament started today, as boats departed in the morning with eight hours to catch the heaviest five walleye that they can weigh-in.

"We’ll have between 110 - 120 boats that’ll fish these tournaments," Wright said. "This one is 110 boats, and we’ll pay 28 paychecks on the Pro side and 28 on the Co-Angler side, and first place always wins a brand-new boat that’s usually valued at $85,000 to $90,000, plus $15,000 to $20,000 in cash."

Wright said anglers are using a variety of bait.

"All the anglers can use leaches, crawlers, or it doesn’t matter, but a lot of them are throwing jigs out there, so a lot of them will go troll, and there’s just a mixture of ways they are catching them out there for those five biggest fish they can bring to the scale."