Clarence Mitchell Jr. holds his winning walleye in the 2018 Fall Brawl. (Craig Lewis, Erie Outfitters)

High school students who love to fish could win $1,000 scholarships from the Walleye Fall Brawl.

The scholarships will be awarded by the Fall Brawl to one girl and one boy, who write 500-750 words on “why they enjoy fishing and how they may
help improve the activity in the future.”

Entries are due Nov. 15, and you don’t have to enter the brawl, the fishing derby which starts Oct. 18.

The brawl began 2010, with 50 guys who threw a couple bucks in a pot. Now the massive endeavor has dozens of sponsors, events and a food drive. 

About 6,400 anglers signed up last year, from states as far as North Dakota and Colorado.

The premise is simple. Pay $30 to register in the Brawl and fish any time in the Ohio waters of Lake Erie — off the shore or a boat — during the contest. Bring any walleye you catch to Erie Outfitters in Sheffield Lake to weigh. The biggest fish wins.

A three-member Fall Brawl committee will decide the winners, who will be notified before the December brawl awards banquet. They can use the scholarship money for college tuition, books and supplies or for a 529 college fund.

Please include the following:

  • Full name
  • High school
  • Graduation year
  • City, state
  • Phone number

Entries can be sent by mail or email, at [email protected]

See the official rules here.