South Dakota Walleye Classic announces tournament changes

AKASKA, S.D. – The South Dakota Walleye Classic (SDWC) tournament is making a few changes to its 4th annual event.

Major changes include a TEAM/ Co-Angler set-up and a new format. The tournament will move from the catch record release format started by Anglers Insight Marketing, to a “take tournament” per South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks regulations.

The annual Walleye Classic and Festival will be held August 10-14 in Akaska and the AIM International Pro-Am tournament will be held one month later, September 11th-13th.

“Akaska will be hosting the AIM International Pro-AM tournament in mid September so a new format became necessary for the annual event” says George Kessler, Tournament Director.

The new format will mean a different co-angler will be placed in a Pro’s boat each day of the three day event.

“To my knowledge, this format is new to major tournaments” Kessler says. “The idea of the co-angler will be to allow local anglers the opportunity to fish with regional and national teams.”

The AIM International Championship will again launch from the Swan Creek boat ramp near Akaska.  The team pay-outs will total $60,000 based upon a full field of 60 boats. The co-angler payouts will total more than $7,500. The entry fee will be $1,000 per team and $300 per co-angler.

Kessler says Akaska will continue to do its popular and successful festival surrounding the tournament. The Festival will be held August 10th – 14th and will feature the Johnny Holm Show as well as a street dance, Bull-O-Rama, numerous vendors, kids’ fishing day and arts in the park.

For SDWC entry and registration information, visit:; for festival information, visit:

— From a South Dakota Tourism news release

Tags: Fishing, Walleye

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