Return Of Walleye Weekend Draws Record Participation; None Of The 10 Tagged Fish Were Caught, However Extended Contest Continues

Mon 5-3-2021

(Arnolds Park)-- This year's Walleye Weekend is one for the record books. Kylie Zankowski of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce says a record number of people registered for this year's event, which returned after last year's absence due to COVID-19...Walleye Weekend Wrapup01 (2) 

"You know we had a record year this year with 2,246 anglers that showed up for this weekend's tournament, so it was a huge success. We were glad with the weather we had. Unfortunately, a tagged walleye was not caught so all 10 remain for the extended contest. But it was a really great weekend."

Zankowski says a record number of people also signed up for this year's extended contest...Walleye Weekend Wrapup02 (2) 

"We had just over 1,500 people register for that which again was a record year. The first fish that's caught this year, we do pay out three, but the first one will be worth over $4,000. So we're really hoping that people catch those tagged walleyes this summer and we're looking forward to next year."

Zankowski also thanks all of the sponsors, volunteers, and bait shops that helped make the weekend possible. She says a portion of the proceeds from this year's event will once again be donated to a local non-profit organization. Zankowski says they'll be announcing that in coming weeks.

              Here's a rundown on results from the weekend: In the heaviest stringer of Bullhead category, 1stplace went to Jared Fuller at 14.27lbs. For the heaviest Northern Pike, 1st place went to Leonard Schiller at 15.27lbs. In the heaviest stringer of Walleye (under 17”) category, 1st place and the Charlie Shuck memorial award went to Laef Lundbeck at 4.94lbs and for the heaviest stringer of Panfish, 1st place went to Ryan Gilson at 6.33lbs.

              To see a complete list of this year’s winners, visit The Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce website at or their Facebook page (okobojichamber).