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The first ever Women’s Walleye Weekend, run by Wisconsin Women Fish and World Walleye Association, commences this weekend in Winneconne. The letter “W” on my computer will get worn out during this article!

The tournament is on Mother’s Day, and will feature a women only field. The event host is Woodeye’s in Winneconne, and the participants will be fishing on the Winnebago system, Lake Winneconne/Poygan and the Wolf River.

There is no need to have a partner or a boat for this tournament.

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Participants indicate their experience level (experienced, average or beginner) and are teamed with another angler for the tournament. If you opt to bring a boat, valet boat launching will be available. Yes, valet boat launching! In addition the event will hold a pro style weigh-in for all participants to experience a live interview.

This event is not just about fishing a tournament--there will be an educational day on Saturday to teach aspiring female anglers how to trailer a boat, make their own jigs, use and understand their electronics, and fish for the elusive walleye. The cost is $60 to attend, which also includes dinner.

Marianne Huskey and Theresa Meade, who are veteran professional walleye anglers, will share their knowledge with participants. Huskey was the Angler of the Year in 2012 for the Aim Professional Walleye Circuit.

Not fishing the tournament? Activities for those not involved in the fishing event include visiting the Winneconne Historical Society or taking a boat ride on the “Mothers Day Steamboat Cruise”, which includes brunch.

Looks like Winneconne is in for a great event.

Mark Schram is an avid tournament fisherman, focusing most of his efforts on the Winnebago System in East Central Wisconsin. Mark's blog will focus on the current fishing conditions and selected topics related to the Lake Winnebago region, outdoor sports and life in general. As an angler, he ultimately strives to educate new and established fishermen on the joys of nature. Mark is the founder of www.myfishingpartner.com, a published outdoor writer and an active member of many fishing organizations including the National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA #182).

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