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.

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

The Copper Country Walleye Association would like to thank you for your past membership and ask you to consider renewing your membership for the 2017 Membership Year which was recently changed from July 1 to June 30th. Your membership in CCWA allows us to have a voice for the Copper Country when working with the DNR and other organizations for improvement of the walleye fishery. Below is a brief summary of CCWA’s activities from 2015 and plans for 2016 and enclosed is a membership form for your convenience. Alternatively, information for renewing can be found at or by email


CCWA 2016 Year-In-Review


Assisted Michigan DNR with release of walleye fry and fingerlings into the Portage and Torch Systems.  2016 was the fifth year of stocking facilitated by CCWA volunteer effort and membership advocacy.  20 volunteers helped distribute fry throughout the Portage and Torch Systems.  This volunteer support is essential to helping the Fisheries Division stock our waters.

A summary of walleye 2016 stocking in copper country waters can be found at and 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 also continued with our annual assistance to the Chassell VFW Post with their youth and adult tournaments ice fishing tournaments.   CCWA volunteers helped with organization, fundraising, clean up, and weigh-in support to assist with allowing for timely live release of fish.

Organized and ran 5th annual Angler Young Angler Tournament with 16 teams including 25 youth anglers from 4 states.  The winning team took home a Lund 12 foot boat motor and trailer package.

Organized and ran 2nd annual CCWA Members fall tournament and member picnic.

CCWA 2016 Plans

Announcements will be posted to CCWA’s Facebook account and sent out by email to all members with email addresses on file.



February 27th, 2016 Chassell VFW Ice Fishing Tournament

July 29th, 2017 Angler and Young Angler Fishing Tournament

Summer 2016 (Date TBD) Youth Shore Fishing Tournament

October 1st, 2016, Fall Member Tournament and Cookout

Tentative Veterans Tournament


Volunteer Projects (watch email and facebook for dates)

Spring fry plant

Summer fingerling collection and plant

Boston Pond dam maintenance (in collaboration with Calumet-Keweenaw Sportsman’s Club)

If you have a project that you want to champion and that would benefit the fishery please let us know. We can spread the word and recruit volunteers to help make it happen.


Member Meetings

Watch email and facebook for dates, locations, and topics


Copper Country Walleye Association

Board Members and Terms

As of Calendar Year 2014


Board Member Term Ends
Ross Rinkinen, President December 2019
J.R. Baker, Interim Secretary December 2019
Gerry Lucier, Vice President

Scott Dewar

December 2019

December 2019

Brad Beaudette December 2017
Ron Wiitanen December 2017
Brent Leonard December 2017
Ron Racine Sr. December 2018
Ron Racine Jr. December 2018
Mark Butke December 2018
Dan Dube December 2018


Current Projects Volunteer and Help by request of the MI DNR in spring walleye plant in Portage Lake.

AYA Tournament

Date: July 29th, 2017
Fishing Location: Portage and Torch Lakes
Meeting Location: Chassell VFW Post
Rules Meeting and Breakfast: 7:00-8:00 am
Fishing Hours: 8:30-2:30
Awards and Bar-B-Q: 2:30-4:00

Entry Form On “Tournaments” Link from Main Page

Michigan Fishing Guide
CC Walleye Facebook

CCWA will be hosting its Third Annual Fall Members Tournament and Cookout on Saturday October 7, 2017

The Tournament will be held from 8:00-2:00. The full list of rules is below.

The cookout will be at the Chassell Boat Launch starting at approximately 2:30 and is open to all members regardless of whether you fish in the tournament.

Please RSVP for the tournament and/or the cookout by noon on Wednesday October 4th to help us plan for food.

Tournament Rules
- Must be CCWA member to fish (you can sign up for membership the day of tournament)
- Anglers compete as individuals.
- No limit on participating anglers are allowed per boat however all anglers must net their own fish and trolling anglers must select a lines to run as their own for the day. Anglers alternating lines will be disqualified.
- Tournament hours are from 8:00 (lines in the water) -2:00 (lines out of the water)
- Anglers may fish any body of water they choose but must be at the Chassell boat launch for weigh-in no later than 2:30.
- Live release (all fish must be alive and released to count)
- Total weight with 3 fish limit.
- Michigan fishing rules apply
- There is no fee for the tournament and no cash prize.

Any questions - email

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2017 AYA Results

1st place
Brad, Carli, and Bernie Fortin

2nd Place
Gerry Lucier, Paul Lorenzetti, and George Butvilas

3rd Place
Ross, Helene, and Cal Rinkinen

4th Place
Buster and Keedin Roberts and Jace Deforge

5th place
Luke, Emma, and Cooper Stout

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Thanks to all of our great sponsors and volunteers for putting together another great Angler and Young Angler Fishing Tournament. ...

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AYA tournament is underway! ...

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