The 2023 Warrior Boats David A. Andersen Memorial Walleye Tournament Highlight Show

Warrior Boats logoThe Warrior Boat Company located in Melrose, MN once again held their 11th annual dealer meetings called the Warrior Rally and the 8th Annual David A. Andersen Memorial walleye tournament on Lake of the Woods this past week.  Although Warrior dealers and boat owners stayed at numerous resorts in the area, Wigwam Resort was the official headquarters again for these events.

143 Warrior boats with teams of two people competed for cash and prizes.  The week was filled with unveiling new boats, some business meetings, friendships, a big tournament and a company that looks as their boat owners as one big family.

“This is definitely one of my favorite weeks of the year,” explained Kent Andersen, National Sales Manager for Warrior Boats.  “Spending time with the Warrior family is definitely the highlight.  Having this event up at Lake of the Woods is a big part of the success.  There is something special about this area, the wilderness feeling, it’s peaceful, no big cities.  It’s  just the entire atmosphere.”


“We always have test rides and introduce new products at this event.  We had more than 20 different models of boats on the water for demoing this year.  We have people looking at Warriors come from neighboring states to try out various models on big water like Lake of the Woods.  It is the perfect atmosphere,” explained Andersen.


2022 Warrior Boat David A. Andersen rules meetingThe one criteria you had to have in order to fish this tournament, you needed to be fishing out of a Warrior Boat!  This tournament has grown from 34 boats when it first began in 2016 to the 143 Warrior boats this year.

In asking Andersen how fishing was overall, without hesitation, it was good.  “Anglers caught good numbers and lots of big fish.  It goes to show the slot works.  We love AIM running our tournaments and doing the Catch Record Release format as well.”

The CRR is a format where anglers take two pictures of a walleye they want to register.  One photo is a measurement of the walleye on an official bump board handed out at the beginning of the day by tournament officials.  The second photo is a “hero” shot, showing the markings of the fish so it cannot be used a second time.

Anglers also receive a score card to record their lengths.  At the end of the day, anglers determine their 5 longest walleyes and use the conversion chart to covert the inches to weight.

This format does a couple of different things.  First, it allows walleyes in a protected slot to be counted as fish are being released.  Second, it allows the tournament anglers to release the fish back into the water.

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Jake Caughey and Jared Erickson got the win in this tournament with a eye catching weight of 43.38 lbs for 5 walleyes.  That is over an 8lb average per walleye!

This tournament draws a lot of great anglers from across the Midwest.  Some of them have fished Lake of the Woods in the past.  For some, they have always wanted to and this is a great reason to come.

The bottom line, a lot of walleyes were caught and a lot of big walleyes were caught.  The lake is health and these anglers know how to fish!

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2023 big fish 30.25 inches

It was a good week and special week for the Warrior family up at LOW.  Andersen spoke about how the Warrior family loves coming to Lake of the Woods.  “We would like to thank Wigwam and the entire Lake of the Woods resort and small business community for such a nice welcome to our Warrior Boat family.  We are very appreciative and look forward to 2024!”


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