Baudette again reaches ‘Ultimate Fishing Town’ finals

It’s come up short in previous attempts, but Baudette, Minn., again is back in the finals in the World Fishing Network’s “Ultimate Fishing Town” competition.

Along with Grand Rapids, Minn., Baudette is among 19 communities — 11 in the United States and eight in Canada — still in the running from a field of 700 U.S. and Canadian towns that initially were nominated for the distinction.

The winning town will receive $25,000 it can use to promote fishing-related causes.

U.S. finalists by region are as follows:

Northeast: Point Breeze on Lake Ontario, N.Y.; Walton, N.Y.; and Waddington, N.Y.
Southeast:  Cape Hatteras, N.C.; and Cocodrie, La.
Central:  Baudette and Grand Rapids, Minn.
Southwest:  Grand Lake, Colo.; and Ferron, Utah.
West: Bridgeport, Calif. and Bishop, Calif.

Canadian finalists by region:

Eastern: Hampstead, New Brunswick; and Woodstock, New Brunswick.
Western: Flin Flon, Man.; and The Pas, Man.
Ontario: Port Colborne, Campbellford, Ganaoque and Deseronto.

Voting for the finalists began  at 1 p.m. CDT today and continues through 12:59 p.m. CDT  May 24. You can vote at up to four times in one 24-hour period.

U.S., Canadian and regional winners will be announced June 4.

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:

Devils Lake, Warroad and Baudette among ‘Ultimate Fishing Town’ nominees

The communities of Devils Lake, along with Warroad and Baudette in Minnesota, are among the 650 nominees in this year’s Ultimate Fishing Town competition.

The World Fishing Network, which bills itself as “the only 24/7 television network dedicated to all segments of fishing,” coordinates the Ultimate Fishing Town contest.

The WFN is accepting nominations for the contest until April 30, and the public will be able to vote on their favorites from May 1 to May 31. The WFN then will announce the results in June, and one town from the United States and one from Canada each will win $25,000 to be used to boost fishing and tourism in their respective communities.

Last year, Baudette came close, placing third among more than 300 nominations and receiving $2,500. Roscoe, N.Y., known as “Trout Town USA,” won last year’s contest, while Waddington, N.Y., placed second.

To view the list of nominees, nominate a community or follow the contest, click here: