Not too long ago, the walleye population in the Bays de Noc was in trouble. Due to illegal poaching and other factors, the number of walleyes inhabiting the bays was declining. That was bad news. Anglers who fished for walleye in those waters - billed as one of the best walleye fisheries in the world - were taking notice of their reduced catches. On a larger scale, the local economy was on the verge of taking a severe blow as well. Walleye are an important part of the local economy. They stimulate tourism - ranging from the casual angler to the national professional fishing tournaments that visit the bays each year. They spend money at area hotels and motels, restaurants, and a host of other businesses.