Mercury Marine National Walleye Tournament
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Mercury National Tournament announces cancellation of 2020 event
FOND DU LAC, Wis. (May 13, 2020) — Event organizers today announced cancellation of the 2020 Mercury National Tournament, a walleye fishing competition originally slated to take place June 12‑14 on Lake Winnebago. This is the first cancellation of the annual event, a fishing tradition that began in 1978.
The event’s cancellation is due to the COVID‑19 pandemic and conforms with the state of Wisconsin’s “Safer at Home” prohibition of certain business activities and public gatherings.
“Our Mercury Marine team and collaborators at the Walleye Federation arrived at this difficult decision after assessing current public‑health recommendations and considering forecasts of when social‑distancing imperatives might relax enough to allow for a successful event,” said Mercury Marine Senior Manager of Competitive Angling Michelle Kilburn. “We concluded that the timing does not work in the event’s favor or the public’s trust. With less than a month remaining before the tournament’s scheduled start, there is too much uncertainty about whether we would be able to include essential elements that define this event, bring people together and make it something special for the community.”
The Mercury National Tournament has traditionally taken place in conjunction with Walleye Weekend, a community festival for the greater Fond du Lac region. Late last month, festival organizers announced a postponement of the event until the final weekend of August, citing concerns about large public gatherings amid the COVID‑19 outbreak.
Kilburn explained, however, that the fishing tournament could not follow suit. “This is a catch‑and‑release tournament and we’re very proud of our sustainable practices to promote the survival of the catch after weigh‑in. Walleye tournaments are typically recommended for cool weather, when catch‑and‑release survival rates are better.”
She added that an attempt to reschedule would create scheduling conflicts during the active fall competitive‑ and championship‑fishing season.
Mercury Marine and the Walleye Federation plan to relaunch the event next year. Next year’s dates are slated for June 12-13, 2020 with a mandatory rule meeting and check-in on Oven Island, Friday evening, June 11th.
You don’t want to be left out on this limited 300 boat tournament!
Paper registration forms will NO LONGER be mailed out. All registration will be done ONLINE via the website – MercuryNational.com.
This year’s Mercury National will have many of the same elements anglers and fans have come to expect from this historic owner’s tournament event. The full purse will be paid out based on 300 teams with the grand prize being a Tracker Targa V-18 WT powered by a Mercury 150hp AND $4,000 CASH (Total value over $35,000). Prizes from Mercury and MotorGuide will be awarded for teams finishing 66-80, cash prizes for teams who finish 65 or better! As another great bonus, big fish prize each day will once again be a Mercury 9.9hp kicker!
As a reminder, this is an “Owner’s Tournament” all engines (including kickers) are required to be Mercury/Mariner to participate.
For more info and to register go to MercuryNational.com or contact the walleye federation at firstname.lastname@example.org or 580-765-9031