DeeZee East Division
Bass Pro Shops Eastern Pro-Am, Lake Erie, Port Clinton, Ohio, April 19-21.
MinnKota/Stren Northeast Pro-Am, St. Mary's River, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., June 21-23.
Lund Mideast Pro-Am, Saginaw Bay, Bay City, Mich., July 12-14.
DeeZee West Division
Lowrance Midwest Pro-Am, Lake Sharpe, Pierre, S.D., May 10-12.
Pinnacle Central Pro-Am, Lake of the Woods, Baudette, May 31-June 2.
Power Bait Western Pro-Am, Fort Peck Reservoir, Glasgow, Mont., Aug. 2-4.
Dodge Truck/Mercury Outboards Championship & Sportshow, Missouri River, Bismarck, N.D., Sept. 14-16.
Preparations for the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail are being made at a feverish pace by a record number of Minnesota's professional anglers.
This year's PWT tour begins in April at Lake Erie, Ohio, and includes stops at Lake Sharpe, S.D.; Lake of the Woods; St. Mary's River, Mich.; Saginaw Bay, Mich.; and Fort Peck Reservoir, Mont. The tour ends in September with the championship on the Missouri River at Bismarck, N.D.
The 2000 purse exceeds $1.5 million, with $50,000 going to each individual tournament winner and $100,000 to the championship winner.
Minnesota's representation includes three anglers who each has three PWT victories: Chris Gilman, Chisago City; Perry Good, Eagan; and Steve Fellegy, Aitkin. Two-time winners include Pete Harsh, Sauk Centre, and Gary Roach, Merrifield. One-time winners include Scott Fairbairn, Walker; Ted Takasaki, Brainerd; Dave Hanson, Bemidji; John Peterson, Bemidji; Bruce Samson, Cambridge; Vaughn Cornelius, St. Cloud; and Leon Houle, Little Canada.
The Minnesota contingent of 57 pros is the largest from one state in PWT history. All have been invited to participate based on their credentials. Four Minnesota anglers -- Houle, Roach, Gilman and Fairbairn -- have captured the prestigious In-Fisherman Angler of the Year title.
Minnesota anglers have won the coveted Remington/Stren Top Gun award seven times in the tour's 10-year history. Gilman won it twice while Roach, Fellegy, Takasaki, Good and Scott Glorvigen, Grand Rapids, each has won it once. Good, Gilman and Takasaki rank among the top five in all-time PWT money winnings.
After a season of hectic tournament competition the top-ranked anglers will head to the Missouri River at Bismarck, N.D., for the 2000 Dodge/Mercury Championship. This dramatic event brings thousands of fishing fans to the Bismarck Civic Center on Sept. 14-16.
The PWT is now online with a dedicated Web site. Information about all the tournaments, daily results, contestant and alternate lists (with home towns), winners, important links and more will be available for fans. Check out the action at www.in-fisherman.com and follow the tournament links.
PWT tournaments run Wednesday through Friday. News releases, statistics and overall results will help walleye fans track their area anglers. Advance information will also be posted.
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