Changes Coming To Iowa's Virtual Walleye Challenge

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(Des Moines, IA) -- A virtual walleye fishing challenge in Iowa will begin in a little over a month from now. The Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is partnering for a third year with MyCatch by Angler’s Atlas for the challenge starting March 30 through June 30.

Participants use the MyCatch mobile app to record the length of a fish. Anglers take a picture of the fish on a measuring device using he app, once it's reviewed by the catch team, and meets the rules, the longest fish and most waterbodies fished entries will appear on a live leaderboard. (locations of catch locations will not be included)

Iowa anglers will compete against other Iowa anglers for biweekly prizes. Catches from across the Midwest will qualify for grand prize drawings at the end of the event. Grand prizes so far include a week long Canadian fishing trip as well as fishing equipment.

This year’s walleye challenge has been expanded to other states across the Midwest and into Canada as part of a larger fisheries research project funded by the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies. 

Anglers can register for the Midwest Walleye Challenge at New this year, participants can choose the free entry option to qualify for non-cash prizes or pay a $25 fee to qualify for all prizes including cash payouts.

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