Lake Wissota Set to Host 2009 FLW Walleye League Finals
Sep 9th, 2009 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Sep 9th, 2009 at 12:00 AM
CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (Sept. 9, 2009) – The 2009 FLW Walleye League Finals will be held Sept. 17-19 at Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls, Wis., where the top walleye anglers in the country, representing the league’s Heartland, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin divisions, will compete for a $53,000 Ranger 621 powered by either an Evinrude or Yamaha outboard, while co-anglers are competing for a $22,000 Ranger Reata 1760 that includes a Minn Kota trolling motor, Lowrance electronics and Ranger Trailer.
Boaters and co-anglers who finished in the top 30 in final points standings after three qualifying events in each FLW Walleye League division have advanced to this no-entry-fee tournament. Boaters and co-anglers are randomly paired for the event and fish for a combined boat weight. Boaters compete against other boaters, and co-anglers compete against other co-anglers. The winners are determined by the heaviest three-day accumulated weight, with only the top 10 boaters and top 10 co-anglers fishing on day three.
Anglers will take off from Chippewa Rod & Gun Marina at 16160 74th Ave. in Chippewa Falls at 7 a.m. each morning. Thursday’s and Friday’s weigh-ins will be held at Chippewa Rod & Gun Marina beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday’s final weigh-in moves to the Walmart store located at 2786 Commercial Blvd. in Chippewa Falls beginning at 4 p.m. The community is invited to attend the free takeoff and weigh-in festivities each day.
Anglers competing in the no-entry-fee League Finals may also participate in an optional payout that could boost boater winnings by $36,000 and co-angler winnings by $18,000 based on 120 boaters and co-anglers participating. The fee for participation in the optional payout is $300 for boaters and $150 for co-anglers. Qualifiers may elect to participate any time after qualifying through the Sept. 16 FLW Walleye League Finals pretournament meeting. Please check the online rules to view the payout table.
The boater and co-angler point’s champions from each division also advance to the no-entry-fee 2009 Walmart FLW Walleye Tour Championship in Bismarck, N.D., Sept. 30-Oct. 3 for a chance to compete for as much as $150,000 in the Pro Division and $20,000 in the Co-angler Division.
The Walmart Walleye League Finals is hosted by the Eau Claire Area Sports Commission and Chippewa Rod & Gun Marina.
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