Welcome to the 2021 Anglers Cup!

Joe McWilliams
Lakeside Leader

Thanks to various factors – one of them being the COVID pandemic – there won’t be much to see of this weekend’s Canadian Tire Anglers Cup. Unless you’re directly involved, probably as good as it gets is checking out the results boards during the course of the two-day event.

According to Tracey Crain of the organizing committee, one board will be posted at the pump station on Lesser Slave River; the other will be at Canadian Tire. The pumphouse is the weigh-in station. Competitors weigh four fish per day. The highest total weight of walleye after two days wins the top prize. Other cash prizes are handed out for other categories; biggest fish each day, for example.

Other than that, all the action will all be out on the lake – June 18 and 19 if the weather is okay on the Friday. If it’s too windy, the dates will be the 19th & 20th.

As of early last week, Crain said it looked as if there would be “65 – 70 teams,” entered in the tournament. At $1,000 per team entry fee, that will make for some very nice prizes. The top team in 2019 took home $20,000.

Proceeds above the prize money will be donated to the Firefighters Society; that organization is providing volunteer help at the event, a long-standing arrangement that helps both parties.

2019 Anglers Cup champs Steve Werstiuk and Doug Shea react to the news they just weighed in the biggest fish on Day 1 of the tournament.

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