WESTFIELD, NY (WNY News Now) — Planning is underway for this year’s annual walleye tournament in northern Chautauqua County.
The WNY Walleye Classic, which was first held in 2021, will return to the Town of Westfield this spring with thousands of dollars on the line.
At a town board meeting on Wednesday night, organizers shared ideas for this year’s venue with elected leaders and members of the community.
Frewsburg-based Primitive Patriot Outdoors will again be hosting the event at the Barcelona Harbor as a part of the summer’s Lake Erie Walleye Series during the first weekend in the month of June.
Along with the fishing tournament, organizers are hoping to incorporate more activities that will attract a larger audience to the area.
At Wednesday’s meeting, Primitive Patriot Outdoors owner Josh Larsen stressed the need to show the nation what Westfield, and all of Chautauqua County have to offer.
“You want to basically showcase what Westfield and the local area has to offer. The big thing here is grapes and wine,” Larsen explained. “Walleye on Lake Erie, it’s not showcased enough in this area. But if you go to Ohio, walleye is huge down there, they have walleye fests, and nothing’s really capitalized on that here in New York state.”
Organizers are still in the early stages of planning the event, and involvement from members of the community is encouraged.
For more information on the WNY Walleye Classic, you can visit their Facebook page.