The Williston Convention and Visitors Bureau is looking to entice fisherman to the area for an upcoming competition.
The Lewis and Clark Big 10 Showdown is a new walleye tournament the CVB is hosting, and with most of the major fishing tournaments held elsewhere in the state, CVB Director Amy Krueger said the board of directors sought to create a tournament that would bring anglers to the western part of the state and highlight the Williston area.
"Our board of directors really wanted to see some fishing tournaments launch closer to Williston," she said. "We are excited to see how this tournament does this year, and hopefully grow tournaments on this end of the lake."
Set to launch out of Lewis and Clark State Park on October 6, the inaugural fishing tournament can accommodate 100 two-man teams. The Big 10 Showdown is a catch-and-keep tournament, with each team permitted to have up to ten fish in their boat. Teams will then bring their five largest fish to be weighed. For those with the largest catch, there is a guaranteed first place prize of $10,000, with additional prizes based on the number of teams registered.
Anglers looking to reel in some prize money must be registered before 6 p.m. on Oct 5, and at least one team member must attend the rules meeting that evening in order to participate. A complete list of tournament rules can be found at www.visitwilliston.com/calendar/2018LewisClarkBig10Showdown. Early entry ends Friday at midnight, so those looking to take advantage of the lower fee only have a few days to act. After Friday, the team registration fee goes from $275 to $325.
The tournament will be held at Lewis and Clark State Park the morning of Oct. 6, with Oct. 7 as an alternate day in case of inclement weather. The fishing area itself will be from the Lewis and Clark Bridge to the New Town Bridge. For more information or to register for the Lewis and Clark Big 10 Showdown, visit www.visitwilliston.com/calendar, call 701-774-9041 or stop by in person at the CVB Visitors Center at 212 Airport Road.