SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (May 23, 2023) – The 2023 Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s National Walleye Tour presented by Progressive is halfway over. Last week, 144 Pro-Anglers and Co-Anglers competed on Lake Winnebago, where after two days of competition Mercury Pro Todd Zemke walked away the champion collecting just shy of $90,000 in cash and prizes.
Looking into the rest of the season, the Progressive Angler of the Year race is already starting to get hot and heavy. Leading the way right now is Wisconsin angler and Mercury Pro Justin Schneider. Justin has captured a 7th (Spring Valley) and 11th (Oshkosh) finishes so far for 2023 leading into Pickstown, SD next month. But not too far behind him is veteran angler Roy Vivian in second, just four points behind. And, rounding out the Top-3 in Progressive Angler of the Year points currently is the 2022 National Walleye Tour Angler of the Year Duane Hjelm.
Current Top-10 in Progressive Angler of the Year Points:
1 JUSTIN SCHNEIDER MALONE, WI- 384
2 ROY VIVIAN MCFARLAND, WI- 380
3 DUANE HJELM PIERRE, SD- 378
4 MATT SCHIEFELBEIN SOBIESKI, WI- 368
5 TOM HUYNH WOLVERTON, MN- 366
6 ZACHARY AXTMAN RUGBY, ND- 365
7 JOHN HOYER WAYZATA, MN- 361
8 JASON PRZEKURAT STEVENS POINT, WI- 359
9 ERIC MCQUOID KEWAUNEE, WI- 355
10 DYLAN NUSSBAUM ST MARYS, PA- 352
Leading the Progressive Co-Angler of the Year points is Oshkosh, WI angler Tim Zirbel, who in 2023 has already accomplished a Top-20 and a Top-5 finishes.
Current Top-10 in Progressive Co-Angler of the Year points:
1 TIM ZIRBEL OSHKOSH, WI- 380
2 JASON KRUEGER CRIVITZ, WI- 366
3 TYLER KROUPA LAKE PRESTON, SD- 364
4 MICHAEL HALL ANTIOCH, IL- 360
5 JACOB GARRELTS ARMSTRONG CREEK, WI- 360
6 JESSE GLINES BUFFALO, SD- 359
7 BRETT KALTENBACH CANISTOTA, SD- 358
8 GREG FISCHER APPLETON, WI- 353
9 TRINITY SCHAFF FARGO, ND- 350
10 TIMOTHY BERG PALISADE, MN- 348
The next event for the 2023 Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s National Walleye Tour presented by Progressive season is on Lake Francis Case in Pickstown, SD, June 22-23rd. Registration is still open, and the office is still taking calls for Pro-Angler entries until June 9th.
To register, click the link: https://outdoorteamworks.com/trail/nwt/registration/
About National Walleye Tour
National Walleye Tour (NWT) is part of the Outdoor Team Works family of fishing tournaments. The OTW brand offers a wide range of fishing events from professional tournaments to grassroots fishing derbies. All events are supported by some of the top companies in the nation and include on-site activation and activities, as well as extensive media support. For live updates and information, follow NWT on Facebook and Instagram or visit https://outdoorteamworks.com/ to catch up on all the action.
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