It might seem the Canadian Tire Anglers Cup walleye tournament is a sure thing, year after year, but that’s not exactly the case. It needs provincial approval each year, without which it doesn’t go ahead.
But it is in 2017!
“We got our approvals and registrations are going well,” says Ken Carpenter, one of the chief organizers of the event. “The field is about half full already.”
A full field this year will be 125 boats – down by 25 from the usual number. Since the 150 was seldom if ever reached, the group thought it might as well reduce the number.
At $1,000 per-boat entry fee, that translates to some nice prize money. Last year the winning duo of Kevin Schafer and Chris Kindraka earned a $32,000 cheque for their first-place finish. No doubt they’ll be back to see if they can do it two years in a row.
The tournament is scheduled for June 16 and 17 – the usual Friday/Saturday scenario, with Sunday reserved in case of bad weather.
Carpenter says the river level is looking good – it was very low last year and was making boat launching difficult. The recent moisture was good news in that regard – although rain would have been preferable to snow.
For more information on the 2017 Canadian Tire Anglers Cup, see anglerscup.ca.