1. Duane “Dewey” Hjelm got 2nd at the NWT Championship.
Winning ANOTHER new boat, and I believe that was enough to push him into the Angler of the Year title?! I’ll confirm deets next week. Way to go, Dewey! Amazing.
2. OH: Lake Erie Fall Brawl kicks off Oct 15.
Heads up: The Fall Brawl is under new ownership…which sounds like a positive thing.
Costs just $35 to register in the Brawl and fish any time (during Oct 15 – Nov 27) in the OH waters of Lake Erie – from the bank or in a boat – single biggest fish wins. There’s some insane prizes, like: A couple of fully-rigged Ranger boats ($125K and $110K value) going to 1st and 2nd, hundreds of thousands of dollars, even a chance to win a truck just by registering and not even catching a fish – wild.
They also have a new kayak division this year.
3. OH: National Fishing Expo’s ‘Walleye Slam’ also starts Oct 15.
They’re giving away a $175K Warrior Boat package to the heaviest walleye caught thru Nov 27. Sounds like the derby actually coincides with the Fall Brawl (mentioned above) so you could potentially win both at the same time (🤯2 boats!) if you register for both.
4. MN: “Chili Bowl” walleye derby happenin’ Oct 15.
12th annual tourney hosted by Border View Lodge on Lake of the Woods’ Rainy River.
Catch-measure-release format with 100% payouts and prizes, followed up with a chili dinner/celebration afterwards…and I haven’t met a bowl of chili I didn’t like hahaha! Especially after a day of fall fishin’, so I just signed up to fish it with my bud Nick Lindner.
Btw here’s the tourney boundaries:
> Tourney boundaries: “The North Concrete ramp of the public access at Wheelers Point there will be an imaginary line going straight across the river. Ending at Manitou Rapids there will be an imaginary line going north to the CAN border. All fishing must be done in MN waters between these two points.”
Bunch more info here.
5. MB: New Traverse Bay boat launch is ready to rip.
Believe it’s about 20-ish miles up from Pine Falls towards the main lake (Winnipeg), which gets rolling so any wind block seems clutch. Dock will be going in next year: