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The KC Walleye Classic - presented by Acme Tools, Milwaukee Tools & Honda Power Equipment - presented checks totaling $104,671 to the beneficiaries of the tournament. This brings the total donated to $1,033,497 for the 21-year run of the event. The total was boosted by the boat raf2022 Champions Jace Peterson and Charlie Peterson joined the Knights in handing out the checks!

  • RECORD YEAR - $104,671!
  • RAFFLE WINNER - JULIE DEMPSEY Lund Angler Boat/50hp Mercury Outboard/Shoreland’r Trailer package courtesy of Ray’s Sport & Marine of Bemidji.
  • ALL PRO DAD All Pro Dads is represented by Barry Karpinski & Terry Belanger
  • BEMIDJI YOUTH BASEBALL Youth Baseball is represented by Robin Peterson and Chase Tolkinen
  • BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA Boy Scouts are represented by Brad Olson, Steve Inkel and Colleen Inkel
  • FISHING HAS NO BOUNDARIES FHNB is represented by Vance and Susie Balstad
  • LET'S GO FISHING Let’s Go Fishing is represented by Al Killian
  • TAKE A KID FISHING TKF is represented by Christina Rigas and Joy Barkley
  • WOUNDED WARRIOR GUIDE SERVICE Wounded Warriors is represented by Brent Steinmetz
  • SPECIAL OLYMPICS Special Olympics is represented by Shannon Murray, Athlete Terri Melhus, and parents
  • MN DNR BEMIDJI FISHERIES MN DNR is represented by Edie Evarts Area Fisheries Supervisor
  • BEMIDJI LUMBERJACK FISHING TEAM BHS fishing is represented by Chris Haley



2022 Tournament through the lens' of Monte Draper, Above the Horizon Drone Service, and members of the KC's

2022 KC Walleye Classic Champions


2022 KC Walleye Classic Raffle Winners!

Congrats to Julie Dempsey on winning the Lund Angler, Mercury 50hp 4-stroke, with Shoreland'r trailer, Helix electronics and Minn Kota trolling motor from Ray's Sport and Marine!

2022 K.C.W.C. Raffle Winners

$100Robert Maher (Bemidji)

$100 Shawn Sandmeyer (Bemidji)

$100 Kent Johnson (Bemidji)

$100 Dave Mueller (Bemidji)

$100 Dave Evenson (Arizona)

$100 Briana Frenzel (Arizona)

$100 Claude Sand (Park Rapids)

$100 Margaret Janke (Cass Lake)

$100 Kyle Schulke (Bemidji)

$100 Kristy Bjerklie (Thief River Falls)

$100 Joshua Illies (Buffalo)

$100 Jesse Rue (Rugby, ND)

$100 Steven Swor (Akeley)

$100 Scott Huderle (Shevlin)

$100 Tom Luft (Illinois)

$250 Steven Swor (Akeley)

$250 Erik Roed (Fosston)

$500 Jeff Zander (North Dakota)

$1,000 Kari Czapiewski (Bemidji)

Grand Prize Julie Dempsey (North Dakota)

2022 Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic Has Filled 100 Team Field - Waiting List Open

Tuesday, March 8, 2022; Bemidji MN. Tournament Registration Chairman Brent Rud announced that the tournament has filled the 100 team field for the 21st annual KC Walleye Classic.

Registration continues to be open for the waiting list, those anglers will be called on first-come, first-served basis if registered teams drop out before the June 11, 2022 event.  The process is to click Registration button and add your information. You will not need to enter any payment info. Timestamp on registration determines order of calling.

The KC Walleye Classic, in it's Million Dollar Year hopes to hit $1M in monies raised for community charities. 

KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS Announces 2022 fundraising goal for Community Beneficiaries

DID YOU KNOW? Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers and sponsors over a 21-year tournament history, the Kraus Anderson/Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic has distributed a total of $933,428 to great community causes!

Our 2022 goal is to surpass $1 Million dollars to our beneficiaries.



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The Knights of Columbus Committee sent invitations to the 2021 Captains this past weekend.  If you were a Captain last year and are planning to return to the tournament with your same partner you can register your INTACT TEAM beginning on February 1st, 2022.  That morning at 8AM a button will appear on the upper left side of our home page where you can Click to begin the process.  Entries are being handled on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED basis.  Your Captain letter has the required code to allow your entry into the tournament.  This tournament is limited to 100 boats.

Returning anglers with a new partner will be eligible to register for remaining slots beginning at 8AM March 1st, 2022. Entries handled on a FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS.

The event will open to the public on March 1st at 8AM for remaining slots.  A wait list will be created once the tournament fills.

Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic Prepares for 21st KCWC Fishing Tournament

2022 LUND 1650 Angler SS


The June 11, 2022 Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic, presented by Acme Tools/Milwaukee Tools/Honda Power Equipment- angler registration is approaching fast! Our committee has been meeting through the fall and has been busy planning for our next event!

We have been working to evolve this tournament to catch/photo/release format with more and better features. 

We are planning to provide fantastic opportunities for anglers’ families, friends and the community to follow the tournament live at the waterfront and online at the KCWC Facebook page, @KnightsofColumbusWalleyeClassic.

Angler registration begins on February 1, 2022, with returning, intact teams from 2021.  Returning 2021 anglers with a new fishing partner are eligible to begin registration on March 1st, 2022.

Remaining slots will be open to the public on March 8, 2022. 

Continue to monitor this website and our Facebook page for additional updates as the tournament approaches. Last year's Captains will be receiving a sign-up  reminder in the mail in just over a week.

This year the KCWC will be raffling off a 2022 Lund 1650 Angler SS with a 50 HP Mercury engine and trailer which is being donated by Ray's Marine, Lund boats and Mercury motors.  The committee and Ray's Marine are working on an electronics package- yet to be determined- to be included with the boat. 

Please also remember to support the tournament by buying raffle tickets  when they become available shortly.  We will announce the locations to purchase tickets soon.

If you have questions, please contact Tournament Director John Marcum at

Registration for 2022 KC Walleye Classic Begins February 1

The 2022 Knights of Columbs Walleye Classic will begin registration for returning intact teams from 2021 starting February 1, 2022.  There is a countdown timer on the right side of this page to let you know how many days remain before registration opens. 

If you are a 2021 returning angler with a new partner, you will be able to register on March 1st, 2022.  The remaining spots available after March 7th can be filled by the public starting on March 8th. 

We look forward to having all of you return this year for a great Tournament!!

2021 KCWC Distribution to Beneficiaries!!

On November 18th, 2021, The Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic distributed $68,826 to eleven different charitable beneficiaries.

Tournament revenues were earned through tournament entry fees, sponsorships, donations, and the annual raffle sponsored by Ray’s Marine/Lund/Mercury.

The beneficiary organizations listed below support the tournament by providing thousands of hours of volunteer service toward event planning, raffle ticket sales, and tournament operations.

Bemidji Youth League Baseball

Wounded Warrior Guide Service

Bemidji Area Special Olympics

Fishing Has No Boundaries

Let’s Go Fishing

Take A Kid Fishing

Bemidji Scouts – Voyageurs Area Council

DNR Fisheries

All Pro Dads

Knights of Columbus Council #1544

Bemidji High school fishing league

2021 KC Walleye Classic Tournament Results!

The 20th annual Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic (KCWC), a competitive, live-release walleye-fishing tournament held Saturday, June 12, 2021 on Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving, is reporting official results.

This year, 120 two-person teams competed for more than $60,000 in cash and prizes for this 20th anniversary celebration. First prize winners Kelly and Rylee Curb took home the $20,000 Championship and the Legacy prize as our top ranked father and son team. The Curbs submitted the tournament limit of five fish for a total weight of 20.00 pounds.

Cash prizes were awarded to the top 15 teams, with a variety of custom rods and other prizes for select spots in the remaining field. The “Big Fish” prize went to the team of Rick and Justin Whittington for a 7.18 pound fish. A full listing of all tournament anglers and their official results is attached below with a complete press release.

2021 KCWC Raffle Winners!

Congratulations to John Halcrow, winner of the 2021 Lund 1600 Fury SS with 25 hp Mercury and Shoreland'r trailer, courtesy of Ray's Sport and Marine, Lund, Mercury and Shoreland'r, as well as the winners of 19 cash prizes! The full winner list is attached below.

Thank you to all of those who purchased raffle tickets for this year's Walleye Classic, as well as the beneficiaries and sponsors that helped make it successful!

KCWC 2020 Distribution, Thank You and Director Announcement

The Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic recently distributed $44,352 to 11 different local charitable organizations, all of whom are active participants in tournament activities and raffle ticket sales. Thank you to our many sponsors, raffle ticket sellers and volunteers who make this generous  community support possible!

For 2021, the Classic is excited to welcome John Marcum, incoming Tournament Director. Previous director Joe Czapiewski is shifting his focus to sponsorship development after serving five years in the director role.

See the fun video below for full details!

2020 KCWC Raffle Winners Announced

Winners of the 2020 Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic, presented by Acme Tools/Milwaukee Tools/Honda Power Equipment, have been selected! Congratulations to Steven Johnson of Bemidji for winning the 2020 Lund 1600 Fury SS with 25 hp Mercury motor and Shoreland'r trailer, sponsored by Ray's Sport and Marine! 

The full list of winners is attached below. A sincere thank you to everyone who purchased tickets this year, as well as the many beneficiary organizations and sponsors that helped sell them!

Watch the drawing as it happened on Facebook Live from June 13, at the Bemidji Tourist Information Center. Thank you to Mikey Love from Ray's Sport and Marine for helping with the drawing!

2020 Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic Notice of Cancellation

The Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic Committee announces the cancellation of the 2020 Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic fishing tournament, originally scheduled to be held June 13.

Tournament organizers are already making plans to celebrate the 20th Anniversary Walleye Classic, presented by Acme Tools/Milwaukee Tools/Honda Power Equipment, on June 12, 2021 at the Lake Bemidji Waterfront.

The public still has the opportunity to support the tournament's charitable beneficiaries this year by purchasing KCWC raffle tickets, sponsored by Ray's Sport and Marine. 

See the attached document for details.

Update on the 2020 KC Walleye Classic

The KCWC Committee met this week to review information and consider our options for the June 13, 2020 Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic.

Right now the planning environment is very complex and changing quickly. The committee was able to identify several potential scenarios and is busy developing contingency plans for our main goal, which is to go ahead with the tournament if we can do so within public health protocols. No decision has been made on how to proceed and we plan to keep our options open until a later date.

We are thankful for the continued support of our anglers, sponsors and beneficiary organization volunteers across the community and region. Our dream for the 20th Walleye Classic is to provide a tournament that is special and memorable. We still hope to do that - even if in ways we couldn't have imagined! Please stay tuned for more information as it becomes available.

Oh, and be sure to get your raffle tickets at Lueken's North, Northwoods Bait and Tackle, or from your favorite Bemidji Youth League Baseball player, BHS fishing team angler, or Knights of Columbus member!

Open Registration for 2020 KC Walleye Classic Begins March 8th!

20th Anniversary Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic

Registration for the 2020 Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic will open for the general public at 8:00 am this Sunday, March 8th, 2020. Two-person fishing teams can register on a first-come, first-served basis on the tournament website

A list of rules, including fees and registration requirements, can be found on the website. Once registration is full, anglers can opt to join a waiting list in the event of any team cancelations.

This year’s tournament field has been expanded by 20 teams to a total of 120 in celebration of the tournament’s 20th anniversary. Anglers will be competing for a once-in-a-lifetime top prize of $20,000. This is the largest prize in the history of the tournament, as well as the largest field of anglers. Combined with activities for the entire community to enjoy, this one-day tournament is the premier celebration of summer fishing in northern Minnesota.

See the attached release for additional information.

2019 Champions Larry Sundquist and Steve Holley

The 2020 KCWC Championship promises to be the biggest one yet!

20th Anniversary KCWC Announces Top Prize of $20,000!

The Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic, presented by Acme Tools/Milwaukee Tools/Honda Power Equipment, will be celebrating its 20th anniversary with a top prize of $20,000! One hundred twenty 2-person teams will compete for the largest prize in the history of the tournament. This year's tournament is June 13th, 2020. Registration for returning teams begins on February 1, and will open to the public on March 8th at 8AM. 

Check the attached press release for more details!

The 2019 KC Walleye Classic Distributes Nearly $63,000 to Charity Partners

The Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic, presented by Acme Tools/Milwaukee Tools/Honda Power Equipment, distributed $62,706 in proceeds from the 2019 tournament to ten community charities. Over 60 people attended the December ceremony. Over a 19 year tournament history, the Kraus Anderson/Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic has distributed a total of $820,250 to great community causes!

2019 KCWC Raffle and Activity Prize Winners!

One of the best parts of the KC Walleye Classic is the opportunity for the entire community to get in on the fun! This year we held a raffle for a Lund boat, Mercury motor and Shoreland'r trailer, courtesy Ray's Sport and Marine, as well as several cash prizes sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. A separate drawing was also held for a fantastic Ontario fishing trip to Duck Bay Lodge! This year we also gave away a youth prize package as a part of the kids activity area, sponsored by All Pro Dads. Here's the list of winners!


  • Boat - Chris Mills, Stephen, MN
  • $1,000 - Barb Mountain, Bemidji, MN
  • $500 - Hunter Meyers, Bemidji, MN
  • $250 - Tim Kassa, Bemidji, MN
  • $250 - Christian Knutson, Bemidji, MN
  • $250 - Lynda Drietz, Anoka, MN
  • $100 - Mike Albrecht, Bemidji, MN
  • $100 - Shelley Ausk, Cass Lake, MN
  • $100 - Brian Mustonen, Bemidji, MN
  • $100 - Jennifer Monehant, Bemidji, MN
  • $100, Richard James, Laporte, MN

Trip to Duck Bay Lodge - Kelly Juelson, Blackduck, MN

Youth Prize Package - Leah Peterson, Witchita, KS

KC Walleye Classic Distributes More than $63,000 to Community

The Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic distributed $63,016 on Nov. 15, 2018 to 11 different charitable beneficiaries.

2018 KNIGHTS OF COLUMBUS WALLEYE CLASSIC Distributes More than $63,000 to Community

The 2018 Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic, presented by Acme Tools/Milwaukee Tools/Honda Power Equipment, distributed $63,016 to eleven different charitable beneficiaries, an increase of over $16,000 over the previous year. 

See the attached release for more information.

    KCWC Drone Footage

    2017 KC Walleye Classic Snapshot of the Days Activity

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    Countdown to the 2023 KC Walleye Classic


    21st Knights of Columbus Walleye Tournament Set

    The Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic will be conducting the 21st event on Saturday, June 11, at the Lake Bemidji Waterfront! This will  once again be a CATCH/ PHOTO/ RELEASE tournament using a phone APP to document your catches.

    More information about this tournament will be posted on ur website and FACEBOOK page soon.


    Brian and Luke Hendricks took 3rd Place honors in the 2021 KC Walleye Classic and won $3750 with 19.05 Lbs in their 5 fish limit bag!  Congratulations!!


    Paul Schummer, KCWC Chairman John Marcum, Mike Amble and their little helper

    Congratulations to Paul Schummer and Mike Amble who took the second-place championship to win $5000 with a five fish bag of 19.62 LBS.  

    2021 CHAMPIONS

    2022 FATHER AND SON CHAMPIONS       Congratulations to Kelly and Rylee Curb, who won the $20,000 Championship and the Legacy prize as  our top ranked father and son team. The Curbs submitted the tournament limit of five fish for a total  weight of 20.00.

    Kelly and Riley Curb- 2021 Champions

    Congratulations to 2021 KCWC Raffle Grand Prize Winner John Halcrow!

    John Halcrow takes a look at his new Lund fishing boat, courtesy of Ray's Sport and Marine. Pictured are KCWC Tournament Director John Marcum, JOHN HALCROW, Ray's manager Mikey Solheim, and KCWC Raffle Chair Terry Belanger.

    Congrats to Larry Sundquist and Steve Holley, first ever KCWC repeat champions!

    Sundquist and Holley, who also won the KCWC in 2004, claimed the championship with 13.86 pounds. Duane and Travis Peterson took second and the Legacy prize with 13.38 pounds. Big Fish prize went to Kurt Knott and Marty McSharry with a 5.81 pound fish!

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    KCWC News

    • 2021 KC Walleye Classic Winners

    • By Bemidji Pioneer 02/08/2022, 10:45am CST
    • After a long Saturday out on the waters of Lake Bemidji, father and son team Kelly and Rylee Curb secured a first-place win and took home the $20,000 grand prize at the Knights of Columbus Walleye Classic’s 20th anniversary tournament.
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    2018 Champions, Toby and Dean Kvalevog
    2017 KCWC Winner Harold Johnson and Marv Sandbek