LIVE – 2020 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship, from Oshkosh, WI., Sept 24-26, 2020 at 3:00pm CT
Presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s
Ponca City, Okla.—August 25, 2020—The 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team
Championship will launch from the shores of Lake Huron and Saginaw Bay next July for the
first time in its storied history.
With a summertime event on Lake Huron the choices will be large and the decision making will
be intense as thousands of dollars in cash and prizes await the final teams in this three-day
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).
This will be the 20th anniversary of the famed event that typically draws 200 or more teams from
all of the United States and Canada.
AuSable Township and the surrounding area is excited to show the walleye world what they
have to offer in the way of accommodations and of course, the fishing. “It’s a unique place to be”
Says Jack Baker, NTC tournament director. “Making your home base in AuSable will allow
anglers to travel north or south, both of which could be the winning direction at that time of year.
If you lodge too far south, you’ll likely miss out on something you needed to learn to the north
and vice versa.”
The entire field will compete the first two days. 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 and also filmed for national
television. Exact dates and air times will be announced at walleyefederation.com.
Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s wants to reward clubs and their anglers who are out there spending
time in the outdoors and fishing by providing this premier event. Walleye clubs anywhere can
earn themselves a spot or spots in the 2021 NTC by signing up their club with TWF before the
end of this year and holding events. Full details on how are on walleyefederation.com. For all the existing clubs now is the time to make sure your club is active and to start scheduling and
holding side pot events to qualify into this lucrative event. Renew, recruit and fish on!
The Walleye Federation, based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, verifies and 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 this 20th annual event. Visit walleyefederation.com, or call (580)765-9031
New Indiana Walleye Club and Tournament Series, Crossroads Walleye Trail, has its first ever event at Brookville Lake!
Brookville Lake – August 9, 2020 – Crossroads Walleye Trail (www.crossroadswalleye.com) embarked on their first ever Brookville Lake walleye tournament this past Sunday. The event drew 24 teams of walleye anglers from all over Indiana and Ohio, some traveling from as far away as the IN / IL border! However, it was Connorsville, IN father and son team Luke & Mark Isaacs that were crowned the champions of the August 9th event. Luke and Mark weighed in 3 of 5 walleye for 12.38lbs! They also won the “big fish” prize with a 5.51 Brookville Lake walleye! Luke & Mark made a clean sweep of the event and also earned a sidepot bid at the Bass Pro Shops / Cabela’s National Team Championship in 2021. Second place went to Rushville, IN brother team Mike & Bobby Chandler who brought in 6.88lbs. Third place was captured by Brookville, IN team Leroy Arvin & Matt Brennan. See the full results below.
Founded in 2019, Crossroads Walleye Trail, LLC (CWT) is a sanctioned club member of national organization The Walleye Federation. Wanting to build something fresh with a focus on its club members and state level walleye biology, CWT’s founding members set out to create a club that offers a new option to anglers throughout Indiana and the Midwest region. “We are dedicated to professionalism, great camaraderie, and exceptional competition,” says PR Director, Joey Buttram. The organization aims to help bridge the gap between area anglers and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources. In their first year this series has averaged 21 boats per event, and have registered over 70 members from 4 states to their club.
CWT has completed its regular season leading up to the August 9th Brookville event with tournaments at Prairie Creek Reservoir – Muncie, IN on May 31st, Winona Lake – Warsaw, IN on June 14th, and Summit Lake – New Castle, IN on July 19th. You can visit their website at crossroadswalleye.com to see those results.
The next CWT event is their 2-day championship at Brookville Lake on October 10th & 11th, which is an invitational only event. The championship will have a live weigh in on Facebook, but the series encourages interested parties to come be a part of the festivities. Weigh times and more information can be found on their website.
Nebraska Walleye Association
McConaughy Reservoir Open
Lemoyne, NE July 18-19, 2020
McConaughy came with its own challenges as the weather was projected to be extremely hot, but overall, the heat stayed away, and some great fishing occurred. The trees were hungry as well as they ate a lot of bait the past weekend. I think they are sponsored by a lot of bait shops and do a great job helping them out.
A total of 137 walleye were caught for a total weight of 465.21 lbs. for this tournament. On Saturday, Marie Wadas and Curt Baker landed a nice fish of 7.17 lbs. to win the big fish prize. Sunday’s big fish was 8.55 lbs. caught by Randy Stamp and Tom Sammons.
For this tournament we paid five positions. In fifth place, Rick and Richard Waldron had 31.81 lbs. with 8 fish. Fourth place team Jim Knaggs and Chris Colindres had 33.54 lbs. with ten fish. Third place team Adam Miller and Timothy Bartz had 34.86 lbs. with nine fish. Second place team Jeff Shilousky and Jeremy Palacz had 36.72 lbs. with ten fish. Winning the tournament was Damon Allbee and his wife Julie. They caught ten fish for a total weight of 39.07 lbs.!
A lot of the fish were caught on the west end of the lake across from Sandy point near Cedar View. Number 4 Salmo hornets were highly effective as well as flicker shads. A few of the fish were also caught pulling spinners through the trees at approximately two miles per hour.
Thanks for all the help at the scale and the anglers for helping abide by the extra rules in place because of the covid requirements. We would not be able to do this without your help.
Tournament Directors Nate Stender D.C. Dave Nadgwick