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Thunder Bay Walleye Club by Walleye Central

Thunder Bay Walleye Club
P.O. Box 812 Alpena, MI 49707

The Thunder Bay Walleye Club is located in Alpena, MI and strives to help the wonderful walleye fishery of the area. Our club has over 150 committed members and is involved in activities such as:

  • assisting the MDNR with the James Farm rearing pond 
  • volunteering for work at the Alpena Brown Trout Festival 
  • providing educational seminars and speakers regarding the many aspects of walleyes and walleye fishing
    o Jan 2008 – John Gillman
    o Feb 2008 – Mark Romanack
    o Mar 2008 – Ed Retherford
  • informal monthly meetings
  • annual members banquet in March
  • sponsoring tournaments and activities throughout the year

11th Annual "Nite-Eyes" Challenge - May 30th & 31st, 2008 - Thunder Bay

Fish the Nite-Eyes Challenge on Thunder Bay in Lake Huron with some of the most accomplished night fishermen in the area on May 30th & 31st . This annual event is a unique tournament that starts at 7:00 p.m. and goes through 2:00 a.m. each night. It is not uncommon for the average fish weights to be 5-6lbs or more - yes, I did say average. The field is limited to 120 boats. We have a low entry fee - $30/person - with a 10 place payback. Please contact us for an entry form or more information.

Local Club Tournaments

Fish in 11 local/area tournaments over the spring, summer and fall with the members of the club. These are very informal tournaments where people actually share information and techniques. This is a great way to learn more about our local fisheries in a fun and mildly competitive atmosphere. The schedule this year is set as follows:


May 3 - Lake Huron - Thunder Bay at night

May 18 – Lake Winyah on the Thunder Bay River – above 7 Mile dam

May 30-31 – Lake Huron, Thunder Bay…”Nite-Eyes” event

June 8 - Van Etten Lake – Oscoda

June 14 – Lake Huron, Thunder Bay – “Riverfest” day tournament

June 28 – Hubbard Lake – Night 6p-2a

July 13 – Lake Huron, Thunder Bay

July 19-20 Lake Huron “Brown Trout Festival” 2-day walleye event - $200/boat, non-club tournament

August 3 – Saginaw Bay – Au Gres

August 17 – St Mary’s River, Sault Ste Marie

September 7 - Hubbard Lake

September 21 – Lake Huron, Presque Isle

Entry fees are $10/person. For a complete schedule and rules, please contact us for more information.

Member meetings are on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 7:00 p.m. at Alpena Community College, room BTC 112.

Membership is $15/year for single or $25/year for a family membership. You will receive a monthly newsletter, a hat, and other benefits.

Ways to contact us:

Jim Leeseberg, President 989-595-3013

Dave Birmingham, Tournaments Director 989-356-3764

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Mail can be sent to: TBWC, Box 812, Alpena, MI 49707


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