Great addition

The inaugural Emo Walleye Classic, which runs May 31-June 1 on the Rainy River, is a welcomed addition to the fishing circuit around Northwestern Ontario.
In fact, the Emo derby already has scored a coup—before the boats have even hit the water—by being sanctioned as a qualifying tournament for the 2002 Wal-Mart RCL Championship later this fall on the Mississippi River near Red Wing, Mn.
Instant prestige, and added excitement during the final weigh-in!
Plus, by joining forces with the Rainy River and District Chamber of Commerce Live-Release Walleye Tournament there in September, the creation of the “river champions” title (and $1,200 prize) is sure to boost entries in both derbies—and ensure strong futures for each of them.
A perfect example of district co-operation at its finest.
Coupled, of course, with the hugely-successful Fort Frances Canadian Bass Championship each July on Rainy Lake, not to mention the myriad of other derbies from Lake Despair to Morson to Sioux Narrows and beyond, the ever-growing fishing circuit presents an excellent opportunity to showcase Rainy River District to visiting anglers as a place to vacation—and perhaps even invest in.
The Emo Walleye Classic is one more asset we can build on. And while it’s the top anglers who will reap the short-term benefits this weekend, the whole district wins in the long run.
Good luck to the anglers, and best wishes to the organizing committee for a great tournament this weekend—and many more years to come.