2019 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship Set For St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, May 30-June 1
Presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s
Ponca City, Okla.—August 17, 2018—The 2019 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship will be held on the legendary St. Marys River out of the historic and fishing-friendly border city of Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, May 30 – June 1, 2019.
Timed to coincide with some of the St. Marys River’s best walleye fishing for numbers and trophy-sized fish, the event will also offer walleye fans from coast to coast a chance to compete for thousands in cash and prizes.
The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s NTC is widely considered the walleye world’s premier grassroots championship. It is comprised of teams that qualify through local tournaments organized by walleye clubs sanctioned by The Walleye Federation (TWF).
The 2019 championship marks the 18th edition of the prestigious event, which annually draws hundreds of avid walleye anglers from across the U.S. and Canada.
With the St. Marys River as the playing field, anglers can expect great fishing on a variety of presentations. When the Cabela’s NTC last visited “The Soo” in August of 2013, Michigan’s Wayne Van Dyke and Erich Carlson won the event with a three-day total weighing 78 pounds, 15 ounces.
They amassed the catch by trolling nightcrawler spinner rigs over rocky structure downriver, but a variety of tactics and fishing areas hold water on the St. Marys—allowing NTC anglers to play to their strong suits.
The entire field will compete the first two days—May 30-31. Each team will be allowed to bring their best five fish to the scale each day. Competition will be fierce, as only the top 25 teams advance to the final round on day three.
Adding to the excitement, the event will be streamed live online at cabelas.com/ntc and walleyefederation.com, and also filmed for national television on “Americana Outdoors” on NBC Sports and the Pursuit Channel. Exact dates and airtimes will be announced at walleyefederation.com.
The Walleye Federation, based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, manages the qualifying process via TWF sanctioned walleye clubs all across the US and Canada and co-produces the event alongside the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Marketing Sponsorship Team. Qualifying is going on now, for details on how to earn a spot in the 2019 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s NTC or to get your walleye club signed up. Visit walleyefederation.com, or call (580)765-9031.