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2001 Schedule and results
Date Sponsors Location Town State
March 24-25
Tournament Info 
North American Fishing Cub Illinois River Spring Valley Illinois
April 21+22
Rescheduled Sept 8+9
Motorguide trolling motors Mississippi River Dubuque Iowa
May 1-5
Rescheduled Oct 16-20
Tournament Info 

Treasure Island Casino and Resort
Mississippi River Red Wing Minnesota
May 19-20
Berkley Trilene Big Stone Lake Ortonville Minnesota
June 23+24
Tournament Info 
Mercury Outboard Motors The Water Calls Little Bay De Noc Escaba Michigan
May 19-20
Berkley Trilene Big Stone Lake Ortonville Minnesota
June 23+24
Tournament Info 

Lowrance Electronics the walleye pro's choice
Green Bay Oconto Wisconsin
August 11+12
Lindy Little Joe Fishing Tackle systems Lake Erie Geneva Ohio
September 22+23 
Tournament Info 
Ranger Building one boat at a time Lake Pepin Lake City Minnesota

Contact:     Pete Wuebker, Wildlife Forever

MWC 2001 Championship Lake Pepin
Fish Flesh Worth More Than Gold To 2001 World Walleye Champions
Don Solis and Bert Wilson

Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Red Wing, MN - Although gold is at just
under $300 an ounce, slightly more than an ounce of a walleye was worth
$10,000 to the 2001 World Walleye Champions Don Solis (Perronville, MI) and
Bert Wilson (Gladstone, MI).

According to Pete Wuebker, Director of Wildlife Forever's Masters Walleye
Circuit, This was perhaps the closest finish in the sixteen years of the
Masters Walleye Circuit Championship."  Solis and Wilson won the World
Championship by one tenth of a pound and took home $20,000, while the second
place team pocketed $10,000.

The three-day walleye tournament started slow for the team. Their first day
weight of 10.21 pounds put them at just 25th place. But increasingly greater
catches each day moved them up rapidly. Solis and Wilson's basket on day 2
came in at 19.94 pounds, the fourth heaviest of the day and enough to move
them from 25th to 4th place. Their basket on Saturday was the heaviest of
all the teams and just enough to send them to the winners' circle.

Less than four tenths of a pound separated the top three teams. Nick Johnson
and Curt Poquette (Both of Elmwood, WI) lead the Championship field from day
one taking a commanding lead of nearly five pounds by Friday. But the team
failed to put a fifth fish in the basket on Saturday weighing only four fish
for 9.26 pounds. Their final weight was 53.51 pounds putting Johnson and
Poquette in third place for $5,000.

Second place was taken by the team of Mike Bringdahl (Fruitport, MI) and Tod
Conner (Hopkins, MI). Bringdahl and Conner's weight of 10.82 pounds on day
one put them in the closely contested spot of 17th place. Their weight on
Friday was the biggest basket of fish of the Championship. At 28.81 pounds,
Bringdahl and Conner had a strong hold on second place with a total of 39.63
pounds. The team's final basket of fish was a moderate 14.17 pounds but
enough to hang on to second place and $10,000.

The Husband/Wife Team of the Year, Glenn and Carol Chenier weighed the
heaviest fish of the Championship. Their 9.08-pound walleye earned them a
pair of Motorguide trolling motors and helped them finish in 20th place.

Wildlife Forever's World Walleye Championship catch and release tournament
weighed a total of 614 walleye and sauger over the three days, returning 99%
of all fish to the water. An 85% return rate is considered very good. Nearly
¾ of a ton of fish were weighed.

The daily weigh-in was watched online across the country on the live leader
board hosted by walleyecentral.com.

In addition to their financial sponsorship, The Frontenac Sportsman Club
volunteered their time to run the World Championship tournament for the
second year in a row. This was also the second year that the world event was
hosted by Treasure Island Resort and Casino.

Wildlife Forever is a national fish and wildlife conservation organization
with projects in all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. The Masters Walleye
Circuit, a division of Wildlife Forever, is a venue to promote and support
aquatic conservation while enjoying the great outdoor recreational pursuit
of fishing.

Wildlife Forever's Masters Walleye Circuit is supported by Berkley Trilene,
Lowrance Electronics, The North American Fishing Club, Lindy Little Joe,
Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Motorguide, Panther Goldeneye and Walleye

For more information, visit the Wildlife Forever web site at:
www.wildlifeforever.org or  www.wildlifeforever.org or the Masters
Walleye Circuit web site at: www.walleyecentral.com
For more information Contact: 
Pete Wuebker
Wildlife Forever
Wildlife Forever's Masters Walleye Circuit is supported by these 

Ranger Building one boat at a time Lindy Little Joe Fishing Tackle systems
Motorguide trolling motors Mercury Outboard Motors The Water Calls
North American Fishing Cub Berkley Trilene
Lowrance Electronics the walleye pro's choice
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