Otter Street Fishing Club

@otterstreetfishingclub

fishingclub.otterstreet@gmail.com

Clubhouse Address

1204 Ceape Ave • Oshkosh, WI 54901

Mailing Address

PO BOX 271 • Oshkosh, WI 54902

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Otter Street • Battle on Bago

CRR WALLEYE TOURNAMENT

In partnership with Battle on Bago, Otter Street is proud to put on a conservation-first, angler-first, Guinness Book of Records-breaking Walleye Tournament - right here in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

Otter Street has been holding our annual summer Walleye Tournament since the early 1980's and continues the tradition to this days!

A RECORD-BREAKING EVENT

Our major fundraising event of the year is our annual walleye tournament, which is held on Father’s Day weekend each year.  The Walleye Tournament has evolved over the course of many decades, and is now a thriving joint tournament between the Otter Street Fishing Club and Battle on Bago. We have grown the tournament and are proud to say that as of 2014, it is the largest in the nation in number of boats attended, and our 2020 event earned us a Guinness Book of World Records!

Being a fishing club with our mission strongly rooted in conversations, every angler that fishes the tournament pays a conservation fee that is added to their entry fee.

A flight of boats take off during our Otter Street - Battle on Bago Walleye Tournament

Image from our Angler Guide, demonstrating bump-board use

CONSERVATION FOCUSED FORMAT

Unsurprisingly, supporting the betterment of our fishing on our systems, and conservation is of utmost importance to our Club, so in 2021 we were proud to champion the CRR format for our annual Walleye Tourney. The CRR format will be the format proved to be the right model for our anglers, our conservation efforts, and our Club, and it will continue to serve as our model each year, moving forward.

CRR stands for Catch-Record-Release, which essentially means that when a fish gets caught, they are measured, recorded for the angler’s tournament weigh ins and released immediately…dramatically reducing the kill rate of the fish, while still providing a fun and competitive tournament.

FAMILY-FRIENDLY FUN

Our tournament weekend is always a wonderful family oriented event; hundreds gather each day to support their loved ones and watch as the standings and ranks come in, and this year with our new format there will be TV screens showing anglers in their boats, so you can see real-time how things are playing out. Subscribe to our blog and follow us on Facebook for all of the details and deadlines!

Early photo from one of our early Walleye Tournaments - our events remain family friendly to this day!

2022 Tournament Results

Thank you to all teams who fished our 2022 tournament and congratulations to all teams who placed! Congratulations to all who placed, and to our first place team for 2022: Craig Lemieux and Steve Henning • they took home $20,000 and the title of champions with a 2-day total of 43.10#.

 

Click the buttons below to view the results of this year’s CRR Walleye Tournament. (Note: to see FULL results, click the button and start on page 6).

Highlights of the top 10 teams + big fish winners for 2022.

Frequently Asked Questions

WHAT IS THE COST TO FISH THE TOURNAMENT?

$400 per team (teams are comprised of two anglers). Entry fees are subject to increase with noticed, based on Board approval and Tournament Director consent.

WHERE CAN I FIND THE TOURNAMENT RULES?

Rules are always clearly explained within the application, and rules for 2023 will be available when the applications go-live online in March. Follow Otter Street on Facebook, or subscribe to our blog for the most up-to-date tournament news and deadlines.

WHAT IS "CRR" AND WHY ARE YOU DOING IT?

Great question, and the answer comes down to conservation. CRR stands for Catch-Record-Release. To learn more about CRR, why we elected to champion the format, check out the FAQs and CRR section within the Angler Guide. Note: the guide is from 2022, and will be updated to reflect any and all changes for 2023. Subscribe to our blog and follow Otter Street on Facebook for notices of updates!

DO I HAVE TO BRING MY OWN CAMERA?

Yes, it is the responsibility of the angler to bring their own digital camera. You can use any digital camera that is compatible with the SD card shown in the Angler Guide (linked here) - Page 1.

WHAT'S THIS ABOUT HOLDING A GUINNESS RECORD TOURNAMENT?

Oh yes! Exciting stuff. Otter Street and Battle on Bago have grown the Walleye tournament exponentially and are proud to say that as of 2014, it is the largest in the nation in number of boats attended, and our 2020 event earned us a title in the Guinness Book of World Records!

WHERE CAN I FIND WINNERS FROM PREVIOUS YEARS?

Courtesy of Casey Nelson

ABOUT OSFC

Otter Street is a 100% volunteer club focused on the betterment of fishing on the Lake Winnebago system. Founded in 1961, we have six decades worth of conservation and community-based giving.

Contact

PO BOX 271 • Oshkosh, WI 54902

 fishingclub.otterstreet@gmail.com

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