Welcome to the Walleye Anglers Trail

Developed in 1996, the Walleye Anglers Trail is the premier competitive team walleye fishing circuit in the Iowa-Wisconsin-Illinois tri-state region.
Consisting of four one-day qualifying events and a season championship contested mostly on the iconic Mississippi River, the W.A.T. provides the ultimate test of angling skill in a variety of often changing conditions.
Some of the sport’s most accomplished anglers fish the W.A.T., including Professional Walleye Trail champions, Masters Walleye Circuit World Walleye champs and Cabela’s National Team Championship winners.
But it’s also made up of father-son, father-daughter, husband-wife and brother-brother teams who embrace the competition and the challenge, but also the camaraderie, the experience and the memories that are made on the water.
Why W.A.T.? Why not?

“I like the people, number one, and the camaraderie. And it’s a constant learning experience. It’s fun to watch these young guys get into fishing and develop an interest in it. All the guys in the W.A.T. are very skilled river fishermen, but they’re helpful, too.”
— Kevin Oyen, current W.A.T. owner, angler

“Our fishery is better now than it was 20 or 25 years ago. You catch a lot of big fish, and you can go out and catch a limit or two of fish every day. That should interest young people. It’s a good learning process, too. You see everything.”
— Maury Schmerbach, five W.A.T. Team of the Year titles

“It exposes you, I feel like, to five different levels of walleye fishing — water level, water clarity, wind factor, structure and current. If you can catch walleyes on any chain of moving water in a river system, I feel like it’s a lot easier to adapt to a lake.”
— Harry Miller, original W.A.T. founder and nine-time winner

“I want to learn more about the river, and the competition is incredible!”
— Tommy Skarlis, 2017 & 2018 World Walleye Champion,  PWT, MWC , W.A.T. champion

June 5th , 2020

Good Morning Anglers,


I have worked with the Iowa and Wisconsin DNR over the past 2 weeks to get our tournaments rescheduled for 2020.  I have attached a revised copy for your review.  While Wisconsin seems to be a little more relaxed on the guidelines, we will start the year in Genoa on July 12th.  We will be launching at 6 am instead of 7am in an effort to beat some of the heat and summer recreational boat traffic in both Genoa and Clinton.  That means we will have check-in back at 2 pm for each site.  Clinton is rescheduled for August 16th.  We will have to see if Iowa relaxes some of its fishing guidelines by the time we have our tournament.  If they do not, all Anglers will have to wear a face mask or face shield and we will have to practice social distancing at both locations.  We may have to reformat the weigh in at Lyons Tap if the restrictions do not relax by then.  The Iowa DNR plans to be at the ramps during take off and check in to make sure we are following their guidelines and we will not be able to accept sign up on site.  All sign ups for the Clinton tournament will have to be made by August 15th.  Our rules meeting will more than likely be an email or outside gathering where we can practice social distancing for Clinton.  I will send out more details about Clinton or discuss further at the Genoa tournament.  Genoa will be run just like the normal tourney with the exception of the launch and check-in times.  Rules meeting will be at Tuna’s on Saturday, July 11 at 5 pm.  All registrations must be turned in by 4:45 pm on the 11th.   


I know some of you have expressed concern about the NTC being rescheduled but we are unable to move our fall tournaments with all the other disruption to our schedule.  Hope you can understand.


Thanks again for your patience as we worked to get these rescheduled and hope everyone is safe and healthy!


Jason Hughes

Tournament Director

Walleye Anglers Trail

Revised 2020 WAT Schedule (002)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact our Tournament Director Jason Hughes at watdirector@gmail.com

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