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, PWT, MWC and W.A.T. champion

2018 WAT Schedule

Tentative WAT Schedule for 2018, we are working to secure the Permits with the DNR to make it official. Please note the Genoa Tournament is now June 24th, not July 24th. 


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

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New for 2017


  • Joining forces on tournaments in Spring Valley, IL and Clinton, IA
  • IWT running the Spring Valley tourney and WAT running the Clinton tourney
  • Larger tournaments with bigger Payouts & Prizes



  • More ways to increase the take home money


  • $150.00 per team – 100% PAYOUT   (50% for 1st, 30% for 2nd, 20% for 3rd)


  • $500.00 per tourney to the highest finishing qualified Lund Boat team
  • Also have the Ranger Cup qualified team money in 2017


  • Get printed tournament results and Year to Date standings after each tournament
  • Weigh-In Slips to each team before we start the weigh-in presentation so we can verify team weights
  • Tourney pics sent to Anglers via email after each tourney

2017 W.A.T. End of the Year Championship Changes – 100% payout

  • Fish all 4 events and automatically qualify for the Championship with a 50% discounted entry fee
  • Fish 3 of the 4 events and automatically qualify at the regular price entry fee
  • The new 2016 substitution rule will still allow a team to use one sub for a partner during 1 tourney
  • Overall Champion will be crowned using their top 4 finishes out of the 5 tourneys
  • Loyalty bonus points will also be used in the points total – If you fish all 5 tourneys, you get to take your best 4 out of the 5 tourneys for the overall points total


  • New Team of the Year Format – Champion crowned at the Championship
  • Small Increase in 2017 Tournament Entry Fees to $250.00 per team
  • New Rules Meeting Seminar – 7:00 PM on Saturday night before the tourney
  • New WAT tournament director – Jason Hughes
  • Rotation on Take-off positions for Platinum Team Members only