WAL-MART FLW WALLEYE LEAGUE TO VISIT ARKDALE ARKDALE, Wis.
(April 12, 2005) – The Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League Wisconsin
Division will stage its first tournament of 2005 on Petenwell
Lake in Arkdale April 23. The tournament is expected to draw
as many as 200 weekend walleye anglers to the area, with Boater
Division competitors casting for a top award of as much as $4,000
and co-anglers in the hunt for a top award of as much as $2,000.
Anglers will take off from Petenwell Park at 7 a.m., and the
weigh-in will be held there beginning at 3 p.m. The community
is invited to attend both the takeoff and weigh-in, which are
free and open to the public. Boaters and co-anglers are randomly
paired for the event and fish for a combined boat weight. Cash
payouts are based on a full field of 100 boaters and 100 co-anglers.
Boaters compete against other boaters, and co-anglers compete
against other co-anglers. The winning boater will earn as much
as $3,500 cash for the win, and if the winner is a registered
owner of a Ranger boat used during the event, the winner receives
a $500 Ranger bonus for a top award of $4,000 cash. If the winning
boater uses only Garmin electronics with at least one unit being
a qualifying unit, the winner will also receive a $1,000 bonus
from Garmin for a total award of $5,000. The winning co-angler
will earn as much as $1,750 and if the winner is a registered
Ranger owner, the winner will receive a $250 bonus for a top
award of $2,000. Three FLW Walleye League divisions – Michigan,
Minnesota and Wisconsin – each feature three one-day events
and one two-day Super Tournament during the regular season.
Every angler who receives weight credit earns points, with 200
points awarded to the winner, 199 for second, 198 for third,
and so on, except for Super Tournaments, which award 300 points
to the winner, 299 for second, 298 for third, and so on. These
points determine angler standings. The top 35 boaters and 35
co-anglers from each FLW Walleye League division advance to
the $115,000 Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League Finals, set for Sept.
8-10 on the Mississippi River in Winona, Minn. Anglers finishing
in the top 10 in each division also receive priority entry into
the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour for 2006. The Wisconsin Division’s
second stop will be held on Green Bay May 14, followed by the
Wolf River Chain event June 4 and the Super Tournament presented
by Evinrude July 9-10 on Lake Winnebago. If the April 23 tournament
on Petenwell Lake is not yet full, entries will be accepted
at tournament registration, which will be held April 22 from
4 to 6 p.m. at Petenwell Park located at 2004 Big Horn Drive
in Arkdale. Entry fees are $150 for boaters and $75 for co-anglers.
The Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League was created to provide the grassroots
walleye angler a chance to compete in professionally administered,
close-to-home tournaments with lucrative cash awards. Named
after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood,
FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League and
seven other national tournament circuits offering a combined
$30 million in awards through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old
organization is the purveyor of America’s largest and most prestigious
fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart
Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament
Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League
Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series.
For more information on FLW Outdoors and its tournament programs,
visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. Wal-Mart and many
of America’s largest and most respected companies support FLW
Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as title
sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor
of all FLW Outdoors events. For more information on Wal-Mart,
visit Wal-Mart.com UpNorthOutdoors.com.