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Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship Set For Devils Lake, North Dakota, Oct. 9-11

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Ponca City, Okla.—Sept. 26, 2014—North America’s top two-person walleye-fishing teams will clash on the High Plains paradise of Devils Lake, North Dakota, Oct. 9-11 at the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s 2014 World Walleye Championship.

Along with a chance to claim the celebrated title of  “World Walleye Champions,” the event offers more than $100,000 in cash and prizes, plus sponsor contingencies including Ranger Cup, Berkley Baits, Lowrance Electronics, Optima True Blue and the Zippo Hot Hands Big Fish Award add thousands more to the total.

Teams qualified for the 2014 World Walleye Championship by earning points during the 2013 Cabela’s MWC season at 10 world-class destinations from Colorado’s Pueblo Reservoir to Lake Erie out of Huron, Ohio. Each spot in the field is by invitation-only, carries no entry fee, and is coveted among walleye tournament anglers.

Rich in fishing talent, the field is led by the 2013 Cabela’s MWC Team of the Year, Wisconsin’s Derek Navis, of Waupun, and Korey Sprengel, of Beaver Dam. Teams will compete three days for the largest total weight. They are allowed to bring their five best walleyes to the Cabela’s MWC stage each day, and under the Circuit’s catch-and-release format, the fish will be released back into Devils Lake.

Walleye fans of all ages are invited to watch the drama unfold live at the weigh-ins, which are free and open to the public. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. daily at Grahams Island State Park. Immediately following Friday’s weigh-in, the Cabela’s MWC, National Professional Anglers Association, Pure Fishing and Zippo Outdoor Brands will present a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic. The first 50 youths will receive rod-and-reel combos courtesy of the NPAA.

Adding to the excitement, on-the-water and weigh-in action will be filmed for national television airing on Federation Angler, on NBC Sports and the Pursuit Channel.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Cabela’s MWC is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2014 trail included 10 qualifiers spread across seven states. Teams showcased their skills—and sponsor products—at world-class venues such as the Illinois, Detroit and Mississippi rivers, Green Bay, Big Stone Lake, Kinzua Reservoir, and wind down the regular season on the fertile waters of Lake Erie.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is concluding its 12th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Berkley Gulp!, Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, Ranger Boats, The Walleye Federation and Zippo Outdoor Brands. Associate sponsors include: Berkley Trilene, Church Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, Optima Batteries, Rockstar Hitch Mounted Mud Flaps, T-H Marine and Sea Grant. For more information, visit, email, or call (580) 765-9031.

SWC Little Sturgeon Qualifier.

As we approached mid-July here in Wisconsin, everyone assumes we are going to be looking at several weeks of upper 80 degree temperatures and some days in the 90’s and water temps pushing upper 70’s on the surface.  That thought gets us Big Fish Walleye Chasers jacked up about finding fish hanging off the deep structures of the northern parts of Green Bay.  This strange year we are having has thrown us many curveballs so far on the water so why would we think that July 20th for our Tournament out of Little Sturgeon would be anything different.

The scuttlebutt among the ranks was that absolutely nothing was biting to the north and the water was still loaded with Baitfish and cooler temps.   There was a solid bite happening down to the south but we all had to contend with a southern boundary line and hope the active fish stayed north of that line.

Once the boats were checked in and the release was counted off almost everyone turned south around Henderson’s Point and headed for open water.

The one nice break we all caught was that the forecasted stronger south winds held off for the day until all the teams made it back to the weigh in site.

As the SWC has proven many times in the past we all can catch fish no matter what the conditions and this day was no exception with only a couple teams not weighing any fish.  Teams shared reports of fish being caught on both cranks and harnesses as they weighed in their fish. Read the rest of this entry »

Fishing is Fun! In Nebraska holds final tournaments

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The Nebraska Walleye Association Kids Fishing Clinics Charity, Inc. sponsored four tournaments in 2014.  The first two were held at the Lewis & Clark Reservoir near Crofton, NE. on May 3 & 4.  The last were held at Merritt Reservoir near Valentine, NE. on July 26 & 27.

Two totally different types of fisheries and a change from late spring to summer patterns presented challenges for the tournament teams and on all days the winning teams used different presentations to overcome that.  At Lewis & Clark the team of Jason Hettler and Brandon Shada had a two day total of 27.23 pounds.  At Merritt the team of Mike Means and Chad Warriner had a two day total of 34.63 pounds.

The top three team finishers after this four tournament format are: Mike Means/Chad Warriner, Russ Glassoff/Rich McShane, and Chuck Pavelka/Will Pavelka.  Congratulations to these teams and they will be offered the opportunity to fish in the 2015 NTC at Milford Lake.

This organization is a 501 (c) (3) public charity that promotes fishing education and conservation in Nebraska to over 2000 youth annually.  Fishing is Fun! is the catch phrase used to conduct 15-20 kids fishing clinics across the state.  Each participant receives hands on fishing instruction from state certified volunteers and is given a free rod/reel/tackle box combination to take fishing.  The only entry required to fish in these tournaments is to volunteer at the kids fishing clinic held at the tournament site. At the Lewis & Clark Crofton Clinic 45 kids learned how to fish and one of them Eli Anderson 3 years old won a youth lifetime Nebraska hunting/fishing permit courtesy of the Fishing is Fun! kids’ charity.  At the Merritt Reservoir the kid’s charity partnered with the Nebraska Game & Parks, The Bass Federation, and the Nebraska Walleye Association to sponsor a Family Fishing Event. This allowed families to come and enjoy the sport of fishing as all equipment, bait, and instruction was available free of charge. The Nebraska State HS Bass Fishing Championship and the Nebraska Walleye Association State Championship were both going on during this weekend which provided a unique opportunity and backdrop for this event.

Crofton Fishing is Fun!

Lucky Eli Anderson









A big thanks to all who make: Fishing is Fun! in Nebraska.

Merritt Open and State Championship


The Nebraska Walleye Association held its last qualifying tournament and state championship of the 2014 season at Merritt Reservoir near Valentine Nebraska on July 26 and 27.  The tournament was held in conjunction with The Bass Federation’s high school state championship on Saturday June 26.  Rules meeting for the event were held at Beed’s Landing on Friday night June 25.  The rules meeting for this weekend included a fish fry, sides and cold beverages for all the participants provided for by the NWA tournament division.

27 teams participated at the tournament on Saturday June 26.  The weather was very stable and the bite for the entire field was very good.  The 1st place team on Saturday was Green and Anderson with a weight of 25.73 lbs, 2nd place went to the father/son team of Hankla’s with a weight of 23.53 lbs. and rounding out the top three were the team of Smutny/Smutny with 23 lbs.  Congratulations to these top teams.

Saturday was the last qualifying point’s tournament for the NWA.  This year’s Top Gun winners were the team of Brandon Shada and Jason Hettler.  Jason and Brandon had a fantastic year and barely beat out the father son team of Rick Smutny and Dalton Smutny.  Congratulations, goes out to these fine men.

The second day of the tournament is the NWA’s state championship.   Sunday brought cooler conditions and a slower bite.  The top team on Sunday was the father son team of Rowland/Rowland, who participated in the bass tournament on Saturday.  2nd place honors went to Chad Warriner and Lane Werner.  Round out the top team were the team of Hankla and Hankla.  Congratulations, goes out to these fine teams.

The first tournament for the 2015 season for the NWA will be held October 5, 2014 at Harlan Reservoir.  Saturday, October 4, at The Beach Bar and Grill will be the rules meeting.

The NWA had a very fun year fishing around the state and nation together but we did have some serious bump in the road.  Two very good friends of the NWA lost their lives this year.  Big prayer for Rick Hesse and Austin Olivier as you both will be missed but never forgotten.  God Bless you two.






Big Mac NWA/CWA Tournament


The Nebraska Walleye Association and the Colorado Walleye Association joined forces to run a tournament together on the largest reservoir in Nebraska.  The two one day tournaments were held June 28 and 29.  The rules meeting were held at Admiral’s Cove Resort on Friday June 27.  61 of the top teams from Nebraska/Colorado entered the tournaments.

Saturday brought warm weather and a hot bite.  There were a variety of tactics being used to catch the elusive walleye.  Jigging, Trolling and Lindy rigs were all on the docket today.  The top team of Mueller/Mueller brought in a healthy basket of 27.95 lbs., 2nd place went to father son team of Ericson/Ericson 24.9 lbs, and finishing out the top three were the team of Richardson/Hazen with 23.21lbs.

The fourth place team of Bill McGannon and Brian Hunke had a very nice weight of 22.79lbs.  Bill and Brian were the top qualifying team for the TWF sidepot.  The TWF team wins a guaranteed paid spot into the 2015 NTC being held at Milford Lake.  Congratulations to all the top teams from Saturday.

Sunday brought the same warm weather and a hot bite.  Many of the competitors were chomping at the bit to go fishing after Saturday’s large weights.  The father/son team of Bosard/Bosard brought in the largest basket of the day at 28.88 lbs., the team of Ericson/Ericson came in at 27.68 lbs. and rounding out the top three were the team of Presley/Otte with 23.38lbs.  Congratulations to these fine teams for the impressive weights and professionalism shown.

Sunday sadly didn’t meet the required amount of teams for the TWF Side-pot.  The NWA and CWA would highly recommend that all of the anglers participating in our tournaments to check out The Walleye Federations side pot program and the benefits, it brings to our tournaments.

The weekend spent with old friends and new ones was awesome.  A big thank you to both the NWA and CWA volunteers that made these combined tournaments a wonderful success.  Here is hoping that these combined tournaments can keep growing and working together into the future.



















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CWA Side Pot Standings Sat July 12

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Walleye Madness in Geneva


Hot temps and calm water conditions didn’t hurt the bite on Lake Erie as the full 40 team field battled in the Walleye Madness  Tournaments  Geneva  event held on June 28th.  Finding the right school of walleye proved to be critical as the top 4 teams were separated by less than 1.5 pounds.

First place was captured by the team of Chris and Isaiah Shipman. The Shipman’s brought a five fish limit of 38.30# in their victory.  Second place was awarded to Sam Cappelli and Ted Jackson with a 37.70# bag. Sam and Ted also brought home Mercury Marine and WT6 contingency bonuses.

Third place went to Don Lint and Don Johnson with  a 37.25# bag. Jason Kopf and Rodger Riggs 37.00# captured  fourth  place.  Jason  and Rodger were also awarded the Buckeye Sports Center Big fish Bonus with a 9.70# walleye. Rounding out the top 5 was the team of Jerome Dorlack and Randy Eyre with 36.80#. Father and son team of David and Travis Hartman were awarded the Lund Boats contingency bonus for finishing as the top Lund boat.

The prevailing pattern of the day was targeting suspended fish in 55-72 feet of water. Presentations included trolling worm harnesses with variety of weights to achieve proper depth. Changing blade color and lure depth were critical factors in producing catches throughout the day.

Walleye Madness Tournaments are sponsored by Buckeye Sports Center, Lund Boats and Mercury

Marine. The series offers no-membership fee required 100% payout tournaments, plus $700 per event

in sponsor bonuses.  Cabela’s National Team Championship qualifying is provided by the series affiliation with the national organization The Walleye Federation.  Next up on the Walleye Madness Tournaments schedule is the WMT/WT6 Berlin Lake Trifecta on September 13th and 14th


For more information contact:
Greg Bentz
Tournament Director – Walleye Madness Tournaments

Harlan Anglers Club Walleye Tournament

The Harlan Anglers Club walleye tournament (1 day)  was held Sunday June 1,2014  on the Harlan County lake located near Alma & Republican City Nebr. with forty nine two man teams fishing the tournament. Although the fishing was fantastic the thunderstorms made it interesting to say the least. A big Thanks to Patterson Beach Bar for allowing all the fisherman to file in to the beach bar for shelter as the rain and wind became severe and allowing the Harlan Anglers Club to give  out all the awards to the winners.

The Club would also like to Thank the area businesses for their donations as these items are used for Raffle items and the club was able to give away two free lifetime fishing permits in a free drawing for all kids under the age of sixteen at the rules meeting which was held at Simmy’s bar and Grill.  There were 153 fish caught in the Harlan Anglers one day Walleye  tournament for a total weight of 501 lbs and all fish were released back in to the lake.

There were ten walleye checked in that were 8lbs and above with the biggest weighing 9.05 lbs. All of these fish would have made the criteria for Master Angler in Nebraska and were released back in to the lake.IMG_20140601_163347_297








The first Place team winners were Ryan Miller from Holdrege Nebr and Bryan Nickelson from Kansas with a total weight of 23.40 lbs and had a big fish of 8.35lbs.









2nd Place Jeremy Meyers Hastings Ne. & Jeremy Suck Kenesaw Ne. with 21.90 lbs and a big fish of 8.10 lbs.

3rd Place Jermy Collins and Luke Hendersons from Doniphan Ne. with 21.50lbs and a big fish of 9.05 lbs. Their big fish won the big fish award for the tournament.

4th Place Karl Detmers and Gus Stunkard 21.50 lbs with big fish of 8.05 lbs

5th Place Bill and Dick Nelson 21.45 lbs big fish 7.45 lbs

6th Place Chris Wissing & Randy 20.40lbs big fish 8.45 lbs

7th Place Bryan Bashore & Chris Augastine 20.05lbs big fish 8.05 lbs

8th Place Greg Belgum & Greg Mekelburg 19.20 lbs. big fish 8.0 lbs

9th Place Sean Temashek & Byeen Gillming 18.60 lbs big fish 7.50 lbs

10th Place Rod Hoard & Bo Land 18.60lbs big fish 6.70 lbs

In event of a tie the tie breaker is broke by which teams has the biggest big fish.

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