MICHIGAN WALLEYE TOUR
Its Beginnings and Looking Ahead
After completing its 23rd season and looking forward to the 2019 season, the Michigan Walleye Tour continues to strive to be the premier state walleye circuit in the nation. Covering all of Michigan in 2018 and with over 200 teams participating, the Michigan Walleye Tour held qualifying tournaments on the Detroit River, Saginaw Bay, Lake Huron and on the St. Mary’s River.
The Michigan Walleye Tour began in 1995, and is the major financial supporter of the Saginaw Bay Walleye Club, allowing our club to support many youth fishing programs in the area as well as awarding scholarships annually to students pursuing education in the fields of natural resources and law enforcement. Together, the Saginaw Bay Walleye Club and the Michigan Walleye Tour share a common objective in striving to promote walleye fishing, education, conservation throughout the state of Michigan while giving back to the community. Providing top anglers an arena in which to compete and to spread knowledge to the fishing public has allowed the Michigan Walleye Tour to experience the tremendous growth it has had over the past 23 years.
As participation in the Michigan Walleye Tour has grown, so has sponsorship with Lund Boats, Mercury Marine, Lowrance, Dow, and AFTCO as our tour sponsors. Many other major companies in the fishing industry along with regional and local support helped propel the Michigan Walleye Tour to become what it has today.
The Michigan Walleye Tour is made of up teams that consist of father/son, father/daughter, husband/wife, and just plain old fishing buddies who compete for up to $40,000 in cash and prizes ate each event. Each event is limited to 120 boats so we encourage teams to enter early as space is limited.
We purchased a new trailer starting in the 2003 season. This allows better viewing of the weigh-ins, a larger arena for sponsors to be recognized, and an overall larger venue to provide the best tournament atmosphere for the sponsors, public, and the fisherman. In 2016 we updated the trailer with a new wrap to feature our tour sponsors and increase advertising awareness. 2019 promises to be another year of growth and a successful season for the Michigan Walleye Tour and its anglers. The return of all of our major sponsors as well as the addition of other great companies will allow the tour to remain the “Best State Walleye Tournament in the Nation”.
For entry blanks and more information on the M.W.T., visit www.michiganwalleyetour.com or contact Tournament Director Ernie Plant at 989-415-9191.
NPAA FUTURE ANGLER EVENT
The Michigan Walleye Tour
With support from the Future Angler Foundation
Members of the National Professional Anglers Association/ Future Anglers Foundation will be educating our youth on the sport of fishing after select MWT event weigh ins.
The event is free and open to the public. Each child can be eligible to receive a Prize for attending the Clinic.