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

Nearly 8,000 anglers are competing in the 2020 Walleye Fall Brawl, the most ever in the 10th annual fishing derby.

All those competitors make for the biggest prizes in the history of the brawl.

  1. Warrior V208 boat, worth about $100,000
  2. HewesCraft 210 Sea Runner boat, worth about $75,000
  3. $45,000
  4. $35,000
  5. $25,000

Kids Division, 15 and under by Dec. 1

  1. $500
  2. $400
  3. $300
  4. $200
  5. $100

The brawl began 2010, with 50 guys who threw a couple bucks in a pot. Now the massive endeavor, which runs Oct. 18 through Dec. 1, has dozens of sponsors, events and a food drive. There’s a kids division, a scholarship contest and all sorts of bonus prizes from sponsors. And the event expects to raise $5,000-$7,000 to donate to police organizations.

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.

In the last few years, winners have caught their fish in the last couple days of the contest: a 13.7-pound, 30.5-inch fish near the Cleveland crib last year and a 14.97-pound walleye near the East 72nd Street marina.

Who knows what kind of trophies you’ll catch this year?