South Peace News
A major fishing tournament in the High Prairie region returns as the 32nd annual Golden Walleye Classic is set for Sept. 3-4 at Shaw’s Point Resort.
The event on Lesser Slave Lake was cancelled the last two years by COVID-19 restrictions.
“We’re coming back!” says longtime event co-ordinator Ken Sperling.
“We’re taking a maximum 65 boats.”
A $65,000 cash payout will be up for grabs based on a maximum number of boats with two people on a team.
Special prizes will also be given to contestants for the heaviest fish on each of the two days, the top male-and-female team, the youngest angler and the oldest angler.
Each team is allowed to catch a maximum four walleye per day and bring them in two at a time to be measured at the weigh-in station.
“We’ve already got a few teams registered,” Sperling says.
“Teams can still register right up to the event.”
Entrants may sign up with a registration fee of $1,000.
He says the event will have other activities, such as a silent auction.
“Whatever donations we get, we will appreciate,” says Sperling, co-ordinator for about 20 years.
An awards banquet will start at 6:30 p.m.
The 2019 event drew 36 teams of two, down from 58 in 2018. The winning team shared top prize of $30,000.
Teams from High Prairie, Slave Lake, Peace River, Fairview and other parts of Alberta particiapted.
The Captain and Kids Fishing Tournament for children ages 16-and-under returns Sept. 2 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
For more information on both events, phone Sperling at  751-3906 or his cell number at  523-7385 or connect to the event website online at www.goldenwalleyeclassic.com.