Walleye Fishing Challenge Offers Cash Prizes Across Midwest

Walleye Fishing Challenge Offers Cash Prizes Across Midwest

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The Michigan Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has partnered with MyCatch by Angler's Atlas to launch the 2024 Midwest Walleye Challenge, a statewide fishing tournament running through June 30. The event, which includes all inland waters, aims to encourage anglers to share fishing report data with Michigan DNR biologists using the MyCatch mobile app.

Anglers participating in the challenge can compete against other Michiganders for biweekly prizes, while catches from across the Midwest qualify for grand prize drawings at the end of the event.

The total prize value for those who pay the $25 entry fee is $25,000. Participants can also choose a free entry option to qualify for noncash prizes.

The fishing tournament is part of a larger fisheries research project funded by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, involving several states across the Midwest and into Canada.

The MyCatch app will log anonymous location data, allowing anglers to keep their fishing spots confidential while helping biologists better assess and manage walleye populations throughout Michigan.

Seth Herbst, manager of the DNR Fisheries Division's Research Section, expressed enthusiasm for the challenge, stating that it provides a unique opportunity to supplement survey data and gain a better understanding of walleye populations across the state.

Herbst also noted that the DNR is particularly interested in learning whether walleye stocking efforts are resulting in successful trips for anglers.

To participate in the 2024 Midwest Walleye Challenge, anglers must download the MyCatch app by Angler's Atlas and adhere to all Michigan fishing rules and regulations. The event runs from May 1 through June 30.

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