Copper Country Walleye Association (CCWA)

The copper country walleye association was established to organize volunteer efforts  by a group of walleye anglers, business owners, community members and sportsmen.

Our mission is to work to conserve, protect and restore a vibrant and sustainable walleye sport fishery in the greater copper country area of Michigan.

We have assisted the Michigan DNR with rearing and release of walleye fry and fingerlings into copper country waters.  In particular volunteers from CCWA have helped distribute fry throughout the Portage and Torch Systems to help place fish in warmer waters with likely food sources and to distribute the planting to mitigate depredation of young stocked fish.  This volunteer support is essential to helping the Fisheries Division stock our waters.

A summary of DNR stocking can be found at and a summary as of 2018 is summarized below:

Portage and Torch Lakes:  1.1 million fry and 110,704 fingerlings

Prickett Dam Backwater:  10,750 fingerlings

Lac La Belle:  27,636 fingerlings

Lake Fanny Hooe:  2,102 fingerlings

We are also committed to youth angling and bringing up the next generation of passionate outdoors men and women.  We provide support to the Chassell VFW Post for their youth and adult ice fishing tournaments including active help with organization, fundraising, clean up, as well as weigh-in support to assist with allowing for timely live release of fish.

We organize and run an annual Angler Young Angler Tournament with featuring a Lund 12 foot boat motor and trailer package to the wining youth angler.



Copper Country Walleye Association

Board Members and Terms


Board Member
Ross Rinkinen, President
J.R. Baker, Interim Secretary
Gerry Lucier, Vice President

Scott Dewar

Brad Beaudette
Ron Wiitanen
Brent Leonard
Ron Racine Sr.
Ron Racine Jr.
Mark Butke
Dan Dube

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AYA Tournament

Date: Saturday July 31st, 2021
Fishing Location: Any lakes in Houghton, Baraga, and Keweenaw Counties.

Entry Form On “Tournaments” Link from Main Page