Cass Lake hosts Cabela’s walleye tour’s world championship

Whether bass or walleyes, Minnesota will be the center of the professional fishing world this week.

While the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship returns to smallmouth bass haven Lake Mille Lacs in and around Onamia, Minn., Sept. 14-17, the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s 2017 World Championship is Sept. 14-16 on Cass Lake near Cass Lake, Minn.

Unlike the AOY event, which pits the top 50 anglers on the circuit, the Cabela’s tournament features the top 41 two-person teams from the circuit’s 2016 regular season, which included seven qualifiers in six states on a diverse selection of the Walleye Belt’s top rivers, inland lakes and big-water fisheries, the circuit said in a news release as tournament week kicked off.

Stony Point Resort will host launches and weigh-ins. Teams will take off at 7 a.m. or first safe light, and weigh-ins begin at 3 p.m., according to the release. Fans unable to attend the weigh-ins can catch the action online via live streaming video coverage and an updated leaderboard, both at masterswalleyecircuit.com. On-the-water and weigh-in action will also be filmed for Federation Angler TV, which appears on the Pursuit Channel, the release said. For Federation Angler TV schedules, visit federationangler.com.

The Cabela’s MWC and National Professional Anglers Association will present a youth and family fishing clinic immediately following Friday’s weigh-in. The first 50 youths will receive rod-and-reel combos courtesy of the NPAA.

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