AIM Weekend Walleye Series, Great Lakes Division Qualifier April 19 on Detroit River

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For Immediate Release, April 13, 2015


Tens of thousands of deep-bellied pre-spawn walleye literally lining the bottom of both Canadian and U.S. waters of Michigan’s Detroit River will be the targets Sunday, April 19 for teams who will slug it out to be the top dog in the first-ever Great Lakes Division qualifying tournament in AIM’s Weekend Walleye Series.

There is no doubt that many fish to be posted to the leader board will be h-u-g-e due to the event’s timing.

"We at AIM are very excited about the inaugural event in the Great Lakes Division, and the season’s schedule is designed to put fishermen on the big bites all summer long,” said Denny Fox, AIM Weekend Walleye Series National Tournament director. “AIM will have media coverage on Facebook and so the fans of our sport can follow what is happening worldwide. AIM is owned and run by anglers, thus everything we do is for the angler." 

The field, limited to 100 boats, will take off at 7 a.m. from Lake Erie Metro park, at the Detroit River’s mouth, in two flights 15 minutes apart. Anglers must return to check in at the marina starting at 3 p.m. in two flights, 15 minutes apart.  Registration for the tourney closes on Wednesday, April 15, at 11:59 p.m. CST.

Entrants must fish only in the Detroit River proper, and both Michigan and Canadian waters are open. Those fishing Canada must follow Canadian and U.S. Customs procedures, and possess a valid Canadian fishing license.

“This time of year, the spawn is on,” explained Greg Warsow, AIM Great Lakes Division tournament director. “The best time to catch walleye is from now to the end of April, and there are a lot of fish in the river. We fully expect to see some very big fish weighed in under AIM’s Catch-Record-Releaseä rules.”

Weigh-in takes place at Lake Erie Metro park’s Great Wave pool and food pavilion, and fans are welcome to attend and cheer on their favorites.

Two of those competing on the river are 51-year-old David Kolb of Rockford, MI, and Chad Schilling, 43, of Baltic, Ohio.

Kolb has partnered with Robert Hoover of St. Clair Shores, MI, to solve what the bite will be, either traditional jigs, which the river’s gnarly bottom has a particular penchant for snagging, or something else.

It will be Kolb’s first experience with the Weekend Walleye Series, but he’s no stranger to tournaments. With a new charter captain’s license, he’s hoping to make fishing on the river and nearby waters his business.

“The AIM tournament is close to home, and here, this time of year, everyone’s equal regardless of your experience. Fishing this river can be pretty humbling, so I’m looking for this to be very competitive,” Kolb said. “And I think the C-R-R format is pretty cool. I don’t keep many fish anyway, so it’s great for me.”

Schilling, who has fished the Detroit River about four seasons, agreed. He’s fishing with North Olmstead Ohio resident Joe Boewe, and also expects lots of local company on the water that weekend.

“I feel more comfortable seeing these fish go back into the lake using C-R-R,” said Schilling, who is also fishing his first AIM tournament. “I like the format. You don’t have to drive as far to fish an AIM event, and since it’s just one-day, us working guys can pre-fish on Saturday, be in the tournament Sunday and head home. So it’s great for us who can’t afford to run across the country fishing tournaments. I’m sure there will be a lot of regular fishermen on the river that weekend, too. It can be like bumper boats out there but it’s a lot of fun because you often see locals right beside you catching bigger fish than you are.”


Anglers Insight Marketing LLC (AIM™) is a unique tournament organization created and owned by many of the most accomplished and recognizable professional walleye anglers, along with others who share the mission of advancing competitive walleye fishing and making it sustainable into the future. AIM is committed to marketing excellence on behalf of its tournament competitors, the tournament host communities, and the brands that partner with it. AIM is also committed to maintaining healthy fisheries across the nation by the development of the exclusive AIM Catch-Record-Release™ format which is integral to its dynamic events and unparalleled consumer engagement. For more information about AIM™, AIM Pro Walleye Series™, AIM Weekend Walleye Series, AIM sponsors and AIM anglers, visit


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