UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Two-timing walleye

Two-timing walleye

RED WING, Minn. — After a bit of disappointment from a second-place finish in the 2001 Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship on Green Bay, Ranger pro Tom Keenan of Hatley, Wis., went gunning for the top spot Saturday on the Mississippi River, abandoning his productive trolling stretch on the main channel of Pool 3 and returning to the site of last year’s win by Bruce Samson, Buffalo Slough. There, Keenan trolled up five fish for 13 pounds, 5 ounces to win $300,000 and erase any sense of previous shortcoming. READ MORE »

Keenan wins $300,000 as Wal-Mart RCL Walleye champion

RED WING, Minn. – Pro Tom Keenan of Hatley, Wis., collected $300,000 cash Saturday as winner of the $1.4 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship, held this week on the Mississippi River near Red Wing. Keenan outfished six final-round competitors Saturday and caught five walleyes weighing 13 pounds, 5 ounces to emerge as the 2003 champion. READ MORE »

Quick Bites: RCL Championship, Day 4

Quick Bites: RCL Championship, Day 4

Buffalo Slough's the hot spot once again. Allar catches bigger fish, but just not enough. Plus, after a near-miss in 2001, Keenan closes the deal this time. READ MORE »

Hands solo

Hands solo

RED WING, Minn. — Now, with six pro anglers remaining in the finals of the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship on the Mississippi River, is not the time for a conservative strategy. The reason: a potential $400,000 to the winner at day’s end. READ MORE »

RCL semifinal strategy

RCL semifinal strategy

RED WING, Minn. — With at least 50 days a year on the Mississippi and the sudden ascendance of fall fishing patterns, Ranger pro Scott Allar of Welch, Minn., on Friday parlayed his hard-won river wisdom into a 15-pound limit catch and first place in the semifinals of the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship. READ MORE »

Quick Bites: RCL Championship, Day 3

Quick Bites: RCL Championship, Day 3

Keenan says Allar’s the man to beat, Hein gets on the walleye train, and how about those Twins? Catch the Twins-Yankees showdown live before Saturday’s final weigh-in! READ MORE »

Allar leads six anglers in hunt for $400,000 top prize at Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship

RED WING, Minn. — Pro Scott Allar of Welch inched one step closer to claiming the richest prize in walleye-tournament history Friday by leading the semifinal round of the $1.4 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship on the Mississippi River. Allar leads six pros who qualified for Saturday’s final round to compete for as much as $400,000 cash. READ MORE »

Semifinal warm-up

RED WING, Minn. – Mercifully, air temperatures have risen about 20 degrees for the semifinal round of competition at the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship. After launching their boats in bone-numbing sub-freezing temperatures the first two days, RCL anglers found themselves cloaked in a relative layer of warmth as the mercury hovered around 50 degrees Friday morning. READ MORE »

RCL semifinal answers

RCL semifinal answers

RED WING, Minn. — Multiple choice question: How do you make the demanding top-12 cut out of 220 pro-and-co teams in the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship on the Mississippi River? Answers: A) with consistency over two days; B) with a big first day followed by a zero the next; C) with a monstrous second-day performance after a few pounds the first; and D) all of the above. READ MORE »

Carroll leads pros into semifinal round of $1.4 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship

RED WING, Minn. — Pro Randy Carroll of Oswego, Ill., hauled in a two-day total of 10 walleyes weighing 31 pounds, 11 ounces to lead the 12 pros who advanced to Friday’s semifinal round of the four-day, $1.4 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship on the Mississippi River. The tournament kicked off Wednesday with 220 pros in the hunt for a top pro award worth as much as $400,000 cash, the richest payout in walleye-tournament history. Twelve co-anglers from the original field of 220 also advanced to Friday’s competition, after which the co-angler winner will be crowned and awarded as much as $150,000. READ MORE »

Quick Bites: RCL Championship, Day 2

Quick Bites: RCL Championship, Day 2

Thursday was a day of whales, record cold and Gary Roach talking retirement. READ MORE »

Belated RCL D-Day

Belated RCL D-Day

RED WING, Minn. — After a two-hour fog delay on day two of the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship, the 220 competitors belatedly left the launch, the truncated day forcing many of them to reconsider their game plans or to stick with what little they had going. READ MORE »

Vandersteen, Fluekiger lead $1.4 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship

RED WING, Minn. – A day of brilliant sunshine provided a stark contrast to chilly temperatures on the Mississippi River near Red Wing Wednesday as 440 anglers kicked off the four-day, $1.4 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship. Two hundred and twenty pros are angling for a top prize worth as much as $400,000 cash, the richest payout in walleye-tournament history, and Douglas Vandersteen of Lundar, Manitoba, and his co-angler partner Jarrad Fluekiger of Alma, Wis., lead the charge with a four-walleye catch weighing 22 pounds, 6 ounces. Two hundred and twenty co-anglers are in the hunt for a top co-angler award of $150,000 cash. READ MORE »

Highs, lows on manic Mississippi

Highs, lows on manic Mississippi

RED WING, Minn. — On opening day of the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour Championship, Pools 3 and 4 of the Mississippi River delivered a manic mixed bag emblematic of extreme lows and considerably less drastic highs: 53 zeros, 39 one-fish catches and 17 bags weighing in the double digits. Leading the way in the campaign for Thursday’s precious top-12 cut is the sole competitor to weigh more than 20 pounds, Douglas Vandersteen of Lundar, Manitoba, who nailed four walleyes for 22 pounds, 6 ounces. READ MORE »

Quick Bites: RCL Championship, Day 1

Quick Bites: RCL Championship, Day 1

Johnson jacks a big one, past champions struggle, and it’s not just fishing - it’s a family event. READ MORE »

Brrring on the walleyes

Brrring on the walleyes

RED WING, Minn. – Below-freezing temperatures gripped the upper reaches of the Mississippi River Wednesday morning as 220 boats left the marina at Treasure Island Resort and Casino to begin the 2003 Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship. The 440 pros and co-anglers in competition this week are vying for a $1.4 million purse. READ MORE »

Destination: Mississippi River

Destination: Mississippi River

According to Wal-Mart RCL Tour pro Gary Roach of Merrifield, Minn., there will be a decision each pro will need to make each day of the championship: whether to concentrate efforts above or below the Red Wing dam. READ MORE »