Although Cabela's had held fishing tournaments on the Allegheny Reservoir years ago, the company has teamed up with the Masters' Walleye Circuit to return to the reservoir this weekend. It will be presented by Zippo Outdoors, according to a press release from Cabela's.
The deadline for registration has already passed.
On Friday and Saturday, July 11-12, a regular season tournament will be held on the lake as one of the qualifiers for the 2015 Cabela's MWC Championship, which is scheduled for October 2015 out of Huron, Ohio on Lake Erie.
Two-person teams will be allowed to weigh five fish per day, and the team with the heaviest two-day total will win the championship. Prize amounts will be based on the number of teams registered plus the MWC Big Fish Pot.
Teams are allowed to have eight walleyes in the boat even though only five are weighed, and once in the boat, no fish may be "culled," according to "Grizzly" Gary Wert. He said that the winning team will probably weigh-in with 15 pounds of fish or more.
Sponsor bonus prizes from Ranger Cup, Berkely Baits, Lowrance Electronics, Optima True Blue and the Zippo Hot Hands Big Fish award will add thousands to the total.
The weigh-ins will be held at 4:30 p.m. both days at Giordano's Corydon Hotel in Bradford, and are open to the public. Immediately following the weigh-ins, Cabela's MWC the National Professional Angler's Association, Pure Fishing and Zippo Outdoor brands will present a Youth and Family Fishing Clinic. The first 50 youths will receive rod and reel combos, courtesy of the NPAA.
The 2014 trail includes 10 stops spread across seven states in the Walleye Belt. Teams showcase their skills-and sponsor products-at world-class venues such as the Illinois, Detroit and Mississippi rivers, Green Bay, Big Stone Lake, Allegheny Reservoir, Cass Lake and Lake Erie.
Teams fishing at least three qualifiers also compete for Team of the Year awards, including a $25,000 "Living the Dream" sponsorship package, which includes fully paid entries to the Cabela's National Walleye Trail as a pro and co-angler, use of a 600 series Ranger boat, travel stipends and more.