The Leech Lake Walleye Tournament is a team tournament. Contestants must enter as two-person teams (no “Partner TBD” or unknown partner names on the registration site) and must fish together from the same boat. Fishing alone is discouraged. If a situation arises where only one member of the team can participate, proper notification must be made to the Leech Lake Walleye Tournament directors as soon as possible. Upon approval, the director may provide an observer.
All registrations for 2023 will be processed through the 2023 LLWT Tournament registration portal at using the “FishDonkey” link aboce. (No refunds after May 16, 2023). Registration will be done in 3 phases and will include the Participation Agreement releasing, Leech Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, and Leech Lake Walleye Tournament’s officers, agents, employees, and sponsors from all damages must be signed and dated by both team members.
Any person 17 years of age or younger must be teamed with a parent or guardian. No persons under age 12 may participate as contestants. A team must consist of one contestant 17 years of age or younger to be eligible for the Adult/Youth division prizes.
The Leech Lake Walleye Tournament reserves the right to refuse entry to any individuals who have been barred or disqualified from any tournament for rules violations.
Registration begins on January 1, 2023, for returning intact teams from 2022 (same two people as last year). Intact 2022 teams receive priority to enter the 2023 Leech Lake Walleye Tournament on a first come first served basis. To receive priority for participation in this year’s tournament, your completed Tournament Entry along with the Entry Fee of $450.00 per team must be received on the tournament website by January 15, 2023.
Open for a returning 2022 registered angler with a new partner. Registration for Phase 2 will open Jan 16, 2023, and must be completed by January 31. These openings will be filled on a first come, first served basis.
Any team openings remaining on or after February 1, 2023, will be opened to the public on a first-come-first-served basis. During Phase 3, a waiting list will be established for any teams over 155.
All photos must be taken throvugh the FishDonkey app and measurements must be on a “Judge” measuring board.
“Judge” measuring boards will be inspected on both mornings prior to tournament launch. Board length markings must be clearly legible. No alterations or enhanced lines will be allowed.
- Fish should be recorded immediately, and measurements noted by length.
- All submissions must include at least two photographs and 1 video: 1) Photo Scoring Shot – pic of fish on measuring board 2) Hero Shot – A pic of you holding the fish. 3) A release video of the fish going back into the water.
1st photo Scoring Shot
- Place the fish on the Judge ruler with the left side up, the belly of the fish down (facing the team member) when measuring the fish
- You may not insert anything inside the gill plate of the fish while measuring.
- Open mouth will be an automatic ½ inch deduction.
- Absolutely NO hands, fingers, or props are allowed under the fish to alter fish length.
- The partners agree on the length of the fish to ¼ inch accuracy.
- If the tail fin touches or crosses a graduation line on the ruler the official length of the fish for scoring purposes will be lengthened to the next one quarter of an inch line of the ruler.
- Example: 19 ¾” Fish will count as a 20” Legal “under” fish.
- Example: 20” fish will count as a 20 ¼” Legal “over” fish. It will be considered one of your “overs”
- Minimum size for walleyes is 14 inches.
- Legal fish must be at least 14”.
- Example: A 13 ¾” is not a legal fish – will not be rounded up.
- While the fish is being held on the ruler – take the scoring photo which clearly shows the overall length of the fish.
- The head and tail of the fish must be included and show clearly.
- The photograph must be taken of the left side of the fish only.
- A photo that does not clearly show the overall length of the fish including head and tail and the left side of the fish on the ruler will not be scored.
- Take as many photos as needed to assure you get a clear photo including all requirements.
2nd Photo – Hero Shot
- Photo must be taken of the fish being held up by one team member.
- Fish must be released immediately, once photos have been successfully submitted by the App.
- These photos will be used for technical evaluation and may be used on stage during the awards ceremony or posted to media outlets.
- Failure to submit a hero shot will be an automatic ½ inch deduction.
3rd Release Video
- A video must show the live release of the fish back into the water.
- Failure to submit a release video or a careless release video will be an automatic ½ inch deduction.
- Reference the videos on the LLWT website on correct pictures and videos.