Mosquito Lake Keeps Anglers Off Balance in OWF’s First Tournament

The Ohio Walleye Federation held its first tournament of the 2016 season on Sunday April 17 at Mosquito Lake.  Thirty five teams took to the water to compete for $5,400 in prize money.

After a mild winter, and having snow and cold the weekend before, high pressure and warm weather set the stage for Sunday’s event.  Water temperatures  were in the mid to upper 50 degree mark, and the walleyes were on verge of finishing their post spawn resting period to beginning their pre-summer feeding patterns.  Some fish were caught in deep water in the early part of week, but as outside temperatures warmed to 60 to 70 degrees, walleye began their migration into the warming shallow water the day prior to the tournament.  This transition kept anglers off balance while they pre-fished.

The team of Chad and Cody Troyer from Orwell, Ohio took top honors with a 1st place finish with 5 fish at 10.56 lbs.  Second place was earned by Paul Kerr and Brian Davies with 10.47 lbs.  Third place went to Clayton Allhouse and Chris Romano with a creel of 10.39 lbs.  The teams of Christopher Durkin and Anthony Naples 10.12 lbs and Robert Burkholder and Marion Erb 9.57lbs rounded out the top five.  Big fish weighed in at 4.10lbs and belonged to Robert Burkholder and Marion Erb, who caught the fish jigging in 20 feet of water on the south end of Mosquito.

The top five teams reported catching their fish jigging in 2 to 5 feet of water, targeting weeds and warmer water temperatures.  1/8 oz. Samantha’s Jigs and Northland’s Fireball jigs tipped with minnows, crawlers and leeches dominated the bite.    The team of Allhouse and Romano also reported using blade baits in deeper water to land a portion of their creel.

The Ohio Walleye Federation will hold its next event on Berlin Lake May 1st.    The OWF events are made possible because of our sponsor support from Ravenna Marine, Vic’s Marine, Haine’s Marine, Worldwide Marine Insurance, Canyon Cooler, and Goschinski’s Fin Feather and Fur along with many others.  For more information please visit or e mail

The general public is welcome to attend our weigh-ins beginning at 3 pm the day of the event.  The OWF promotes “Fishing, Family, Friends and Fun!”


Ohio Walleye Federation – Mosquito Lake Tournament


1st – $2000            Cody Troyer and Chad Troyer

2nd – $1000           Brian Davies and Paul Kerr

3rd – $800             Clayton Allhouse and Chris Romano

4th – $600            Anthony Naples and Chris Durkin

5th – $400           Marion Erb and Robert Burkholder

Big Fish $200       Marion Erb and Robert Burkholder


Raffle Prizes:

  1. $25 Kames Gift Card
  2. Reef Runner Box
  3. Ambassadeur Line Counter Reel
  4. Bay Rat Box
  5. 2 sets of Rednek Weights
  6. Church Board with Flag kit
  7. Mepp’s Box
  8. Fish Usa Shirt


$50 – 2nd big fish Gift Card

2 – $25 gift cards for the kids


$150 – “Thank you for fishing” random draw prize

$150 – “Family Team” random draw prize


Special Thanks to all our sponsors:

Ravenna Marine-OWF’s ILC Title Sponsor

Vic’s Sports Center -OWF’s Lake Erie Title Sponsor

Haine’s Marine

Worlwide Insurance

BayRat Lures

RS Nets

Fin Feather & Fur

Reef Runner



Fish USA

Church’s Tackle


Canyon Cooler

Bay Rat Lures


Rodmaker’s Shop

Less’s Bait

Redneck Outfitters


Without the support of our sponsors our tournaments would not be possible.

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Cappelli, Jackson from WT6 Win Walleye Madness Mosquito Lake Presented by Buckeye Sports Center

Cortland, Ohio, April 26WalleyeMadness, 2016—Sam Cappelli and Ted Jackson lead the way to capture the first event of the season on Mosquito Lake. “It feels great to come out on top against so many great fisherman”, said Cappelli.

“It feels good to have our program come together.”

A sold-out field of 42, two-person teams competed on Mosquito Lake on a picturesque day. Sunday was quite different than previous days. Anglers had to adjust their fishing styles to stay on the bite.

“It’s a satisfying feeling,” added Jackson. “We got the right bites today.”

Cappelli and Jackson sacked a 5-fish limit weighing in 15.25 pounds. Anchored by the big fish of the day, the nearest team was nearly 3 pounds away.

They focused their morning jigging in 4’-6’ of water on the south end of the lake where they caught 3 nice keepers. After the jig bite slowed they switched gears to trolling the north end of the lake. Reef Runner Mini-Reefs and #5 Berkley Flicker Shads behind leadcore, focusing on 12 feet of water at a speed of 2.3 was key as they were able to upgrade 2 fish.

Cappelli and Jackson collected $2850 in winnings, including the $2650 first-place cash award plus the $200 Buckeye Sports Center Big Fish bonus.

All the teams placing used different techniques to catch their fish. Second Place team of Erb and Murphy jigged up a nice bag of 11.90-pounds. Erb and Murphy collected $1600 in winnings, $1300 for second and $300 for being the highest finishing Lund Boat. Third Place team of Allshouse and Dailey trolled their way to a total check $1150. They were also the highest finishing Mercury equipped boat good for $200. Matt Cook and Chris Jordon pulled worm harnesses to capture Fourth. Anthony Naples and Chris Durkin rounded out the top 5.

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

We also would like to thank our contributing sponsors: Mepps, Reef Runner, Surf Monkey Gear, Oakley, Opti-Tackle, Vibe, Rednek Outfitters and AirWave Pedestal. Next up on the Walleye Madness Tournaments schedule is May 8th on Berlin Lake. For more information please visit Email or call 440-390-8054.


2nd Event in the New TWF Open Series Heads to Lake Winnebago May 15


Grassroots fishing –  Only a $200 per team entry fee-   Win CASH & paid entries into the Cabela’s Master’s Walleye Circuit, as well as, berths into the Cabela’s National Team Championship!!

TWF Open’s had a great start in Dubuque, now they set their sights on Lake Winnebago May 15 in Menasha, Wisc.

For full details of the event click HERE or contact us at 580.765.9031;

TWF Member Opens are open to all two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation, however, all anglers must be members of The Walleye Federation or join at the time of registration. Payouts are based on the number of paid teams fishing each event.

Registrations MUST be received by noon on Friday before the event, you can pay at the ramp, but it will be with a $25 late fee and you MUST have your membership card with you or be charged for a membership.  So, best way is to pre-register online!)

.If you need a new membership card just contacts us Monday through Friday and we can email you one ASAP.


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