Anticipation is running high as anglers, sponsors and staff alike look forward to turning the calendar over to 2021 and kicking off the 38th season of the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC).
Registration for the 2021 season opens January 4th.
Participants may register for individual tournaments online at 12 noon (CST) beginning Monday January 4th at masterswalleyecircuit.com or by calling the MWC offices at (580)765-9031. “Premier Team” status and the benefits that goes with it which are defined in the rules, such as Premier team swag, use of a substitute, delayed billing and more is all secured by registering for at least (3) events at once prior to fishing your first event of the year. It’s our way of saying “Thank You” for their commitment.
Planning events of this magnitude takes several months, up to years, to plan. While we strive to announce our schedule early each year to help anglers plan, sometimes conflicts still arise and it’s never a best-case scenario when set tournament must be moved, but such is the case with the 2021 Big Stone Lake qualifier, originally set for the final days of May. The city of Ortonville and the Big Stone Chamber of Commerce worked alongside the MWC to set the new event dates of April 23-24, 2021.
Anglers competing in the 2021 MWC qualifiers will want to know what waters they will be attempting to qualify to fish on for the 2022 World Walleye Championship. We are pleased to announce that the walleye rich waters of the bay of Green Bay out of Oconto, WI. will host that event. Oconto County and the City of Oconto are excited to welcome anglers to their shoreline Sept 29-Oct 1, 2022.
With that, the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Season looks like this:
March 19-20, 2021 – Illinois River, Spring Valley, IL
April 16-17, 2021 – Lake Erie, Port Clinton, OH
April 23-24, 2021 – Big Stone Lake, Ortonville, MN
May 21-22, 2021 – Lake Winnebago, Oshkosh, WI
June 25-26, 2021 – Lake Oahe, Mobridge, SD
August 13-14, 2021 – St Marys River, Sault Ste Marie, MI
September 17-18, 2021 – Cass Lake, Cass Lake, MN
Sept 30-Oct 2, 2021 – World Walleye Championship – Lake City, MN
Sept 29-Oct 1, 2022 – World Walleye Championship – Oconto, WI
Each MWC event has a lucrative payout which is based on the number of teams entered into that event, and is awarded to 20% of the field, providing more inspiration to sign up and join the fun. In addition, to a hefty check, the first-place team also earns a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s National Team Championship (NTC) prize package including paid entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques. Additionally, the big-fish pot, option pot and sponsor bonuses from Ranger Cup, Lowrance, Okuma, AirWave and T-H Marine Atlas Awards add thousands more for distribution among the field.
Qualified teams from the 2021 season earning points in at least three qualifiers compete for coveted berths in the 2022 World Walleye Championship, set for late September 2022 on the Bay of Green Bay in Oconto, WI. Those earning points in at least four qualifiers compete for “Team of the Year” honors, including a $10,000 sponsorship package and thousands more in cash and prizes to the top 10 teams in the final “best of 4” final standing each year.
Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is North America’s longest-running and undisputed leader in team walleye tournaments and as an inductee into the freshwater fishing hall of fame, has set the standard for competitive walleye fishing for 37 years. MWC is open to walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2021 schedule includes seven qualifiers in six states, plus the 2022 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship.
Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 20th season as title sponsor of the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: AirWave Pedestals, Church Tackle, Berkley Fishing, Okuma, Power-Pole, Soft Steel and T-H Marine. For more information, email [email protected], or call (580) 765-9031.