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RCL Championship the biggest Walleye purse in history

Dan Plautz wins Saginaw Bay RCL event
Mark Martin leads the way into final round of RCL at Saginaw Bay
John Campbell leads anglers into semi final round of Saginaw Bay Event
Rick Olson takes lead day 1 Saginaw Bay Event
Wal-Mart RCL tournament anglers eagerly await Saginaw Bay
Wal-Mart RCL tournament anglers eagerly await Saginaw Bay
RCL 2001 Bay City  Schedule and information
RCL Saginaw Bay Lodging
RCL Pro angler entry fee and purse
RCL Co-angler entry fee and purse
Contact Information

Contact Information
  • Operation Walleye
  • 88 Moors road
  • Gilbertsville Kentucky 42044
  • Phone 270-36205225
  • Fax 270-362-9856
  • website  www.operationwalleye.com
  • Tournament director Sonny Reynolds
  • E-mail Sonny Reynolds 

  • RCL 2001 Schedule of events Saginaw Bay
    Date:   June 13-16, 2001
    Location Saginaw Bay Bay City, Michigan
    Host Bay Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
    901 Saginaw Street
    Bay City, MI 48708
    Phone: 888-229-8696
    Marina Hoyles Marina
    135 South Linwood Beach
    Linwood, MI 48634
     Phone: 517-697-4415
    Registration June 12, 2001 3:00-6:00 p.m.
    Pre -Tournament Meeting 6:30 p.m.
    Kawkawlin Township Hall
    1836 Parish Road
    Kawkawlin, MI 48631
    Phone: 517-662-0019
    Housing AmericInn & Suites
    3915 Three Mile Road
    Bay City, MI 48706
    Phone: 517-671-0071
    More information Results

    For additional information, please contact: 

    Brian G. Sayner, Vice President, Communications, (270) 

    Dave Washburn, Communications Specialist, (270) 362-5213



    BAY CITY, Mich., (June 13, 2001) — Pro Rick Olson of Mina Lake, S.D., and his opening day partner David Crawford of Maybee,
    Mich., landed a five-walleye limit weighing 38 pounds, 2 ounces Wednesday on Saginaw Bay to lead the second tournament of the
    new $2.9 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Circuit—the world’s most lucrative walleye fishing series. 

    If Olson can maintain his lead throughout the four-day tournament, he will collect $50,000 plus a Mercury-powered Crestliner boat.
    The win would be the biggest of his 10-year career as a fulltime professional walleye angler. Crawford is fishing for a top co-angler
    award of $15,000. Both men will be challenged by 96 competitors in their respective divisions. 

    “I feel pretty good right now,” said Olson, the 2000 Professional Walleye Trail Angler of the Year. “I don’t really have to catch
    anything (Thursday) because the cut is at 6 pounds, so I’m going prefishing in case the weather turns rotten and I can’t make my

    Olson and Crawford caught eight walleyes over 7 pounds by 11 a.m. after making a 50 mile run and trolling with wired spinners
    tipped with live bait. 

    “It’s pretty incredible to fish for this kind of money,” said Olson, who finished 11th at the first RCL Circuit tournament in Port Clinton,
    Ohio, earlier this season.

    Pro John Campbell of Walker, Minn., and co-angler Paul Fallaw of McHenry, Ill., finished opening day in second place with five
    walleyes weighing 37 pounds, 1 ounce. Rounding out the top five were pro John Pratt of Roberts, Mont., and co-angler John May of
    Forestville, Wis., with five walleyes weighing 35 pounds, 6 ounces; pro Jason Przekurat of Stevens Point, Wis., and co-angler Mark
    Schuitema of Jenison, Mich., with five walleyes weighing 33 pounds, 4 ounces; and pro Jim McGowan of Niles, Ohio, and co-angler
    Dave Scroppo of Traverse City, Mich., with five walleyes weighing 31 pounds, 7 ounces.

    Competition resumes at 7 a.m. Thursday at Hoyles Marina located at 135 South Linwood Beach in Linwood, Mich., when
    competitors from 15 states and Canada takeoff for the final day of the opening round. Following Thursday’s 3 p.m. weigh-in at the
    marina, the field will be cut to the top 60 pros and top 60 co-anglers. These anglers will advance to the one-day semifinal round
    Friday where they will compete for a spot in the final round. Only the top 12 pros and top 12 co-anglers will advance to Saturday’s
    final round. Catch weights are carried over during the opening round, but anglers will start the semifinal and final rounds from zero.
    The final weigh-in will start at 3 p.m. Saturday at the Wal-Mart Supercenter located at 1392 Wilder Road in Bay City.

    Run by Operation Walleye and named after retail giant Wal-Mart and boat manufacturers Ranger, Crestliner and Lund, the Wal-Mart
    RCL Walleye Circuit features four regular season tournaments each with a $390,750 purse and a championship with a $1.4 million
    purse. The third tournament will be July 25-28 on the Mississippi River near La Crosse, Wis., followed by a tournament on Devils
    Lake in Devils Lake, N.D., Sept. 5-8.

    After the four regular season tournaments, 200 pros and 200 co-anglers will compete in the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship for
    top awards of up to $400,000 in the Pro Division and $150,000 in the Co-Angler Division. The championship will be held on the Fox
    River and Green Bay in Green Bay, Wis., Oct. 2-6. Green Bay hosted the inaugural Wal-Mart RCL Championship last year when
    Scott Glorvigen of Grand Rapids, Minn., won $300,000 and instantly joined the sport’s top all-time money winners. 

    Entry fees for each regular season tournament are $1,250 for pros and $500 for co-anglers.
    Sponsors of the tournament series are

    Mercury Outboard Motors The Water Calls
    Lund Walleye boats
    Ranger Building one boat at a time
    Wal Mart Always low prices
    MinnKota trolling motors


    Everstart batteries
    Crestliner Walleye fishing boats
    Yamaha Outboard Motors
    Coleman America's first choice in camping gear
    Garmin Electronics
    Poulan weedeaters

    Pro Entry Fee $1,250
    1st  $50,000 + a fully rigged boat
    2nd $30,000
    3rd $25,000
    4th $20,000
    5th $15,00
    6th $10,000
    7th $9,000
    8th $8,000
    9th $7,000
    10th $6,000
    11th -15th $5,000
    16th- 20th $4000
    21st- 25th $3,000
    26th- 30th $2500
    31st- 40th $2,000
    41st- 60th $1500
    total payout $302,500
    Co-Angler  Entry Fee $500
    1st  $15,000
    2nd $10,000
    3rd $7,500
    4th $6,000
    5th $5,000
    6th $4,000
    7th $3,000
    8th $2,000
    9th $1500
    10th $1250
    11th -15th $1000
    16th- 20th $900
    21st- 25th $800
    26th- 30th $700
    31st- 40th $600
    41st- 60th $500
    total payout  $88,250

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