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MANUFACTURER'S WALLEYE COUNCIL NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS. A national fishing tournament (consisting of two five-tournament divisions), drawing competitors from throughout the United States. The top twenty point accumulation teams from each division qualify for the MWC World Walleye Championship.

The national championship was awarded to Dubuque in December 1987. The tournament, a culmination of eight qualifying tournaments held in five states, began on Thursday, September 15, 1988, and lasted three days. Teams were allowed ten fish with a twelve-inch limit. The first place team won $10,000.

Dubuque was chosen as a site for a qualifying tournament in 1989 and again played host to the national tournament. Contestants competed for thirty thousand dollars in prize money over a course one hundred miles long stretching from Guttenberg, Iowa, to Fulton, Illinois. Launchings and weigh-ins were held in Dubuque.