Get hooked on the Rainy River Walleye Tournament

Jack Elliott
Special to the Times

The Rainy River Walleye Tournament Committee held its first meeting of 2020 Monday, Jan 20 at the Royal Canadian Legion, Br 54 in Rainy River Ontario.

It takes an army of volunteers every year to host this event. . . or did you a think it just happens? This is the 22nd year for the RRWT.

Richard Trenchard, president, chaired the meeting through an extensive agenda prepared by secretary Krista Brusven.

Although rules for 2020 are generally unchanged, consideration is being given to changing the daily catch to one large fish and three smaller vs. two large and two small.

This is to insure post-release mortality of larger fish is minimized.

It follows the lead taken by the Lake Of The Woods Walleye Challenge, in Morson last fall. RRWT participants are being asked to submit their opinion to the Committee.

Deadline for submission of the $600.00 entry fee per team is March 31, 2020 for anglers to maintain their team number and ranking.

Entry numbers will be awarded to new teams after that date.

Free entry

A draw will be held for a free entry into the 2021 RRWT for all entries received by the March 31 deadline.

Last year’s winner for free entry in 2020 was daughter/father team of Teri and Melvin Major.

The Rainy River Baudette Borderland Lions Club confirmed they will be operating this year’s raffle with a grand prize of a Princecraft Cruising Pontoon Boat.

Tickets are expected to be on sale around March 1.

All profits from the raffle are dedicated to charitable efforts in the community focusing primarily on youth activities and facilities.


Other committees of the RRWT are being struck with discussions around fundraising, The Kids Fishing Tournament, catering, entertainment, and the milieu of other details the RRWT event entails.

To volunteer contact Krista Brusven at Krista. 807-276-1213 -OR- Email:

Step up and do your part.