Baudette back in the running for ‘Ultimate Fishing Town’ status

The voting only got underway Tuesday, but Baudette, Minn., sits in eighth place in the World Fishing Network’s “Ultimate Fishing Town” competition.

Willie the Walleye (Lake of the Woods Historical Society photo)

Last year, the northern Minnesota community, home of “Willie the Walleye,” placed third out of more than 300 nominees for “Ultimate Fishing Town” bragging rights. The only Minnesota town to finish in the top 20 last year, Baudette received $2,500 for its third-place finish.

Waddington, N.Y., on the St. Lawrence River, which placed second in last year’s competition, is the runaway leader to date with 2,239 votes as of this morning. Baudette is in eighth place with 233 votes.

Rounding out the top 10 are Cape Hatteras, N.C., second, 1,480 votes; Olcott Beach, N.Y., third, 683 votes; Bridgeport, Calif., fourth, 666 votes; Crystal River, Fla., fifth, 498 votes; Cocodrie, La., sixth, 355 votes; Dillingham, Alaska, seventh, 263 votes; Baudette, eighth, 233 votes; Morehead City, N.C., ninth, 230 votes; and Clearwater, Fla., 10th, 228 votes.

This year, a record 750 towns across the United States and Canada are in the running for the “Ultimate Fishing Town” prize. There’s more than bragging rights at stake, as one town from the U.S. and one town from Canada will receive $25,000 to promote fishing-related causes.

In the Canadian portion of the contest, Hastings, Ont., sits in first place with 712 votes. Cranberry Portage in Manitoba and Ignace in northwestern Ontario are in fifth and sixth place with 329 and 313 votes, respectively.

Voting continues until 5 p.m. CDT May 31, so there’s still plenty of time to place your vote for Baudette or any other town of your choosing. To vote, click here:

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