The National Walleye Tour

This week on Americana Outdoors presented by Garmin, we’re covering the 2021 season of the National Walleye Tour Presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. Featuring a regular season and a championship, this tour provides the highest level of competitive walleye fishing available that offers unparalleled media coverage and a payout that’s unmatched in tournament walleye fishing.

We started the regular season off in late April, with favorable conditions on Lake Francis Case in Chamberlain-Oacoma, South Dakota. With 113 boats on the water, anglers were competing for a purse worth over $410,000. After a competitive two days of fishing, pro angler Chase Parsons took home the win on the first stop of the tour and a prize package worth $91,922.

The next stop took us to Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin for the first time in five years. We wasted no time getting on the water as an impending cold front with dangerous winds was threatening the chances for fishing on day two. By the end of day one, Daniel Woodke nabbed the first place spot with a strong lead of 39.44 lbs. The next morning, a small craft advisory was issued and tournament officials made the call to cancel day two of competition, which meant Daniel Woodke claimed the victory at the second stop of the tour and a prize package worth $93,022!

Stop number three of the 2021 National Walleye Tour brought our competitors back to familiar territory on Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio. Lake Erie certainly did not disappoint and we saw fish catch after fish catch out in the field. When all was said and done, there was only a 1.68 lb difference between 3rd place and 1st, and Bill Sutton took home the trophy and a $93,756 prize package!

The fourth and final stop of the regular season brought our competitors to MoBridge, South Dakota where they fished on Lake Oahe. Once again we saw some competitive fishing out on the water, and when we came back to the scales for the final weigh in, Kent Andersen took home the final 1st place title of the regular season with a 40.75 lb bag and a prize package worth $79,595!

The 2021 National Walleye Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s made its final stop on Otter Tail Lake in West Central Minnesota. Capping off an incredible season that paid out more than one and a quarter million dollars, the top forty anglers in both divisions qualified for the chance to cash in one more check, and for a chance to carry home the 2021 championship trophy. At the end of the tournament, the most prestigious title in walleye fishing will be decided, the Lucas Oil Angler of the Year. We’ve got the top forty pro’s and co’s fishing for two days, with a cut to the top ten in each division for the final day. On the Pro side, there is $366,330 up for grabs, and on the co-angler side, $79,765.

Over the course of the first two days we saw all of the highs and lows that come with tournament fishing, from watching leaders fall completely out of contention, to competitors coming from behind to lock in a place in the top ten going into day three. Who will take home the first place grand prize? Who will come out on top with the prestigious Lucas Oil Angler of the Year title? You won’t want to miss the exciting ending to this season of the National Walleye Tour presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s!