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Walleye Teen Dance

Back by popular demand in the Walleye Teen Dance on Friday, May 26th from 8:00 - 10:00 pm upstairs at the Emo Arena. Party Rock DJ will be there pumping out the hottest tracks, playing games and tossing out prizes! The dance is open to anyone in grades 5-8 and costs $5.00 to get in. Parents/Gaurdians must sign a waiver (avialable below) and all teens must be signed in and out of the dance by an adult. Last years dance was so hot we set off the fire alarm! You don't want to miss out this year!

2017 Emo Firemen's Big 5 Raffle

The 2017 Firemen's Association Raffle tickets are noe on sale! Only $10.00 each for your chance to win 1 or ALL prizes! Prizes this year include:

2017 Updates

The ice is breaking up and flowing down the river, a sure sign that spring is right around the corner. With spring comes the 16th annual Emo Walleye Classic!

Early Bird Registration

In 2015, the Emo Walleye Classic lost one of its founding committee members, Nevin Bonot. The passion and enthusiasm that Nevin brought to our tournament was a powerful driver, and we honor his efforts through the Nevin Bonot Memorial Award. This award, donated by the Emo Walleye Classic, is awarded to one team randomly selected from those who register prior to the early bird date. This year, that date is Janurary 31, 2017. Nevin was a powerful advocate for the tournament, and for all the teams fishing in the EWC.

2016 Champs Ted Heyens and Kelvin Caul!

They were behind the eight ball coming into day two, but former champs Ted Heyens and Kelvin Caul found the "hog" on the river to make their bag – and win – for day two! Congratulations to all the anglers who fought challenging conditions on day two! You can find the full results here -- thanks to everyone who made the 2016 Emo Walleye Classic another success!

2013 champs lead the pack after Day One!

A beautiful day on the Rainy River netted 148 fish for 37 teams, and a top weight of 13.55 pounds for previous champions Les Morrison and Oliver Gibbons! Day one saw previous champions scattered across the flights, and a number of rookie anglers who turned in some impressive results. You can check out the results from the day on our 2016 results page here! Day two will be just as exciting, as we bring the top ten teams through the arena for the weigh-ins -- boats and all!

Day One a beautiful start to the 2016 EWC!

 It's on! Gorgeous weather and glassy water made for a very successful launch of the 2016 Emo Walleye Classic! We'll be posting all day, and livestreaming at Twitch for the weigh-ins. Come on out to the Emo Walleye Classic weigh-ins at the Emo LaVallee Arena starting at 3:30, or you can also hear our live broadcast over the airwaves at K-104 Country! Thanks to all 74 anglers, over 100 volunteers and our fantastic sponsors for making the 15th year happen! 

New prizes at the 15th annual EWC!

Hey! New prizes for this year's tournament, including prizes for both flights, and the top weight for two, three and four fish each day! Check out the new Rookie Award (Top finishing team where one team member has never fished the Emo Walleye Classic before), sponsored by New Gold and Causeway Insurance. 30 teams registered right now -- check out the prize payout for the 2016...

Early bird registration ends February 19th!

Last year, the Emo Walleye Classic lost one of its founding committee members, Nevin Bonot. The passion and enthusiasm that Nevin brought to our tournament was a powerful driver, and we honor his efforts through the Nevin Bonot Memorial Award. This award, donated by the Emo Walleye Classic, is awarded to one team randomly selected from those who register prior to the early bird date. This year, that date is February 19th, 2016. Nevin was a powerful advocate for the tournament, and for all the teams fishing in the EWC.

Register now for the 15th annual EWC!

The 2016 registration form is now available! Download it here! Year 15 will be better than ever -- stay tuned for more updates!

Back-to-back wins for Godin & Galusha

It was a near thing right down to the very end, but Bill Godin and Ralph Galusha managed to pull out a win for the 2015 Emo Walleye Classic, dethroning former champs Dale Hartlin and Dan Pollard at the very end of day two! Bill and Ralph brought back a bag of 4.62 lbs, which was just enough to snatch victory from Hartlin and Pollard, who had a strong day two catch of 7.29 lbs, keeping them in the New Gold hot seats for the majority of the top ten! Many thanks to all the anglers who participated, the volunteers, and the sponsors of the tournament, for making 2015 our best tournament ever.

Defending champs take day one!

The teams came through with numbers, but lighter weights were the theme for day one of the 2015 Emo Walleye Classic! It was an exciting first day as the anglers brought their fish to the Emo/Lavallee Arena. But lower weights mean that the tournament is still anyone's to take! You can find the full Day One results here. Look for big shifts in places tomorrow, as Day Two of the tournament starts from the Emo dock at 8:00 Saturday morning -- and weigh-ins starting at 3:30!

Eight hours to launch!

Tomorrow, 29 teams will take off from Emo for the 14th annual Emo Walleye Classic! We'll have live video and Twitter updates all through both day one and two -- keep eyes out for updates from our team throughout the weekend!

We're getting close...

We're fewer than 72 hours out from the 2015 Emo Walleye Classic -- 28 teams competing for over $15,000 in prizes! We've had great support from our tournament sponsors and volunteers, and this year will be one of our best yet! Checck out our event schedule for this weekend -- and come check out one of the hottest tournaments in the Rainy River District!

Two weeks to go!

The 14th annual Emo Walleye Classic is gearing up for an even better tournament this year than ever! Teams from across the District and beyond are preparing to bring the big fish in to the weigh-ins on June 5th and 6th -- but it's not just for the anglers! We've got events all weekend for everyone, from the Emo Walleyedol vocal competition, and the Saturday kids activities, to the beer garden and the dance on Saturday night featuring not one but two DJs! See you at the 2015 Emo Walleye Classic!

Nevin Bonot Memorial Prize

For 2015, the Emo Walleye Classic organizing committee has created a new angler prize, in memory of our friend and committee member Nevin Bonot. Always a tireless supporter of the tournament, we felt it most appropriate to honour Nevin in a way he would have wanted – by encouraging more teams to fish in 2015. All teams that register by April 1st, 2015 will be entered into a draw for $500 – essentially making their tournament entry free!

In Memory of Nevin


The directors of the Emo Walleye Classic extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Nevin Bonot, one of our founding directors – and one of our dearest friends.

Nevin was a part of the group that came together to create the Emo Walleye Classic, and gave his time, his talents and his energy to our committee every year for the last thirteen years. Always a smiling face behind the bar, Nevin was one of our most reliable and dedicated committee members.

Whatever we had to do, wherever Nevin was needed, he was there.

Mark your calendars for 2015!

In 2015, the Emo Walleye Classic will have a new weekend for anglers to ply their skills on the Rainy River!

Emo Firemen's Association Raffle Winners

Many thanks to all the sponsors for supporting the Emo Firemen's Association!

2014 YAMAHA 700 VIKING EPS WITH UTILITY TRAILER AND 4000 LB WINCH courtesy of Tompkins Hardware Ltd. - Ted Halverson

It's a three-peat! Godin and Galusha on top!

It took a healthy day two bag, but previous champions Bill Godin and Ralph Galusha toughed it out at the very end of the tournament to take the 2014 EWC crown! Locals Ted Heyens and Kelvin Caul snatched the lead from Les Morrison and Oliver Gibbons, but couldn't hold on to the lead when the day one leaders came across the stage with a day two catch of 8.22 lbs. Morrison and Gibbons held the lead for most of the top ten before being bumped by Heyens and Caul at the eleventh hour.

Two-time champs top Day One!

On one of the hottest days of this spring so far, Bill Godin and Ralph Galusha of Devlin, Ontario, turned out to be the hottest, with a one-day catch of 9.62 pounds tot ake the lead at the 2014 Emo Walleye Classic. Godin and Galusha had four fish for the day, though the big fish for the day was taken by  2012 champions Rod Woodgate and Dylan Swire, weighing in at 3.45 pounds. All but one team came back from the river today with fish in their live wells, and tomorrow has the potential to be even better.

33 teams take off for the 2014 EWC!

Thirty-three teams from across Northwestern Ontario and Minnesota took off at 8:00 this morning, in search of the monster walleye in the Rainy River. The 13th Emo Walleye Classic had a successful launch this morning, with 17 teams heading West, and 16 teams heading East, a significant change in stragety from other years, when the majority went East. Expect a shakeup of who brings in the big bag today at 3:30pm at the Emo/LaVallee Arena, as this year especially, it's anyone's tournament! Stay tuned for live udpates all day and a live video feed from the Arena today and tomorrow!

Local recording artist on tap for EWC 2014!

The 2014 Emo Walleye Classic has tapped a hugely talented local recording artist for this year's national anthems. Maverick Judson is Emo born and raised, but has international renown for his soulful lyrics, fantastic voice, and eclectic mix of top 40, dance, acoustic and metal tunes. We're so pleased that Maverick will be blowing away the anglers and spectators both days at this year's tournament. Check out his music at Soundcloud!

New sponsor prize for 2014!

There's a new prize for anglers in the 2014 tournament, contributed by new sponsor Fish Hunter. Every team that catches four fish both days will go into a draw to win two Fish Hunter fish finders

2014 Emo Firemen's Association Raffle!

The Emo Walleye Classic is pleased to once again highlight the Emo Firemen's Association raffle draw, to be held at the Emo Walleye Classic weigh-ins on Saturday, May 31 at 7PM. Tickets are available at retailers throughout the Rainy River District! At $10 a ticket, the ticket offers ten prizes at ten awesome prizes! Check out this year's prize list:

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