Baudette, Minnesota: Willie the Walleye - Walleye Capital of the World
40-foot-long Willie the Walleye statue, positioned as if leaping from the lake and at your car, gives substance to Baudette's claim as "Walleye Capital of the World." Roadsideamerica.com Report...
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In addition to "Willie the Walleye," there is a totem pole, bobber, and steer on a sign in Baudette -- but they pale in comparison to Willie.[Holly Diestler, 04/23/2008]
Willie has been luring fish fans to Baudette since he was unveiled in 1959.
Baudette claims to be the Walleye Capital of the World and they most certainly win if the statues are the competition, as their downtown Walleye Statue is huge.[Sumoflam, 09/05/2007]
Baudette, Minnesota is making a bold move in the normally slow, simmering fracas between at least seven towns over the location of the "Walleye Capital of the World." The small, lakeside town in northern Minnesota is in the process of trademarking the phrase, which might prevent other fish-crazed communities from making the same claim.... [03/10/2007] Complete News Story
The sign by the fish states, "Welcome to Baudette, Minnesota; Home of Willie the Walleye; Walleye Capital of the World." Anyone who has ever been near Baudette in the winter knows that the city has expanded into nearby Lake of the Woods because of all the ice fish houses.[Shane Delaney, 11/11/2001]