Join the Midwest Walleye Challenge!

The spring/summer results are pending....stay tuned! Plans for the 2025 Illinois Walleye Challenge are in the works, but anglers don't have to wait until 2025 to participate. There will be another opportunity to participate in a second competition in the Fall 20203 that will last from September 28 – October 31.

Get ready for some fun competition with the Midwest Walleye Challenge!

Illinois anglers who chase walleye, sauger or saugeye are invited to participate in the virtual Midwest Walleye Challenge in 2024!

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has teamed up with other states, provinces, and developers and researchers at Anglers Atlas to launch this year's competition, beginning March 30, 2024 and continuing through June 30, 2024.

The Midwest Walleye Challenge uses the mobile app MyCatch to record the length of each fish caught. Anglers take a picture of the fish on a measuring device using the app, and once the fish is reviewed by the catch team and meets the rules, it appears on a live leaderboard where anglers can see who is in the lead.

It's a win-win: Anglers get to have a fun competition and the information gathered through the competition will assist Illinois in providing anglers with important data and add to biologists' knowledge of various waterbodies.

All ages are invited to participate. Review the rules and event information here! You can also scan the QR code below to be taken to the event site. Download the app and get ready for that March 30th start date!