The Ohio Walleye Federation – Ashtabula OH

The Ohio Walleye Federation held its last event of the year out of ARU in Ashtabula OH on Sat August 22nd Sponsored by Vic’s Sports Center. When the anglers made it outside the break wall in Ashtabula they were met with an unusual site calm water on Lake Erie, and this would be the case for the entire day with waves remaining 1ft or less with bright sunny skies. As this was the last event of the year there was a lot at stake for a few of the anglers competing for the Ohio Walleye Cup. As the event came to a close it was the team of Fenstamaker and Thorp weighing in at 39.2lbs taking 1st place. Coming in a close 2nd place was the team of Jobes and Wilmot bringing in a 5 fish limit of 37.84lbs and rounding out the top 3 was the team of Davies and Kerr weighing in at 36.22lbs. Teams reported catching there fish using dipsys and worm harness in the morning and in the afternoon resorting to crankbaits and wire line. Read the rest of this entry »

The Ohio Walleye Federation – Vic’s Challenge

The Ohio Walleye Federation held the first annual Vic’s Challenge out of Geneva State Park (Lake Erie) on July 18th 2015. This was the OWF’s first Lake Erie Event this year which was open to anyone no membership required. With an over 110% payback including bonuses for Family, Ranger / Starcraft, Big Fish, and Big Sheep head sponsored by Vic’s Sports Center In Tallmadge OH. There was a lot on the line when the 40 boats hit the water including a $4000 1st place payout. After an unusually cool summer so far, the fish were reported to be in a later than normal summer pattern meaning long boat rides, even with water temps in the lower 70s. Weather forecasters predicted that wind conditions would be light and variable giving the anglers waves of 2 ft or less which was not the case when the anglers arrived at the ramp. So with lake conditions in the 2-4 ft range and some 5 ftrs mixed in there the anglers knew they had their hands full with both fishing and driving the boat. Finishing First Place was the team of Kopf / Riggs / Shoroune who brought in the Big Fish and Big basket  weighing in at 39.64lbs. Taking Second place was the team of Duffus / Loveland / Romano with a weight of 38.78lbs and rounding out the top 3 was the team of Pelz / Bird / Bird with a weight of 37.86lbs. All three teams reported catching their fish with similar methods of worm harnesses on 3 oz inline weights and dipsys. One thing was the same for all 3 boats they made long boat rides to find the right fish. We would like to thank all our sponsors for making these events possible please see for complete results and to support our sponsors. Remember…….. HAVE FUN AND FISH!!

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Walleye Madness in Geneva

Walleye Madness Tournaments held their fourth and final tournament of the year July 25, 2015. The sold-out field launched out of Geneva State Park looking for Lake Erie gold. Teams spread throughout the lake looking to score a record setting $3000 first place prize.

The team of Matt Whitacre and Jim Gywnn took top honors with 32.60# bag. In a close second Zak Jobes and Dan Niese with 32.00#. Zak and Dan were also the top finishing Mercury outboard team which earned them additional $150. Tied for third place was the teams James Dean/Jeff Metzger and Frank Burkhart/Clint Kendrick with 31.55#. Dave Maholic and Mike Minton finished in fifth place with 31.20#. Jim Cooper and Steve Fielder took top Lund Boat Honors. Father/son team Ed and Nick Oleksy took Buckeye Big Fish with a 9.35# walleye.

Teams spread throughout the central basin from Geneva to Conneaut. Teams fished anywhere from 55 to 76 feet of water. Both deep diving crankbaits and worm harnesses worked well. Many teams reported using dipsey divers to get down to the fish lower in the water column. Deep Huskey jerks and Reef Runners also worked well. For full results please go to

Walleye Madness Tournaments are sponsored by Buckeye Sports Center, Lund Boats, Mercury Marine, Oakley and Mepps. The series offers no-membership fee required 100% payout tournaments, plus $500 per event in sponsor bonuses. Cabela’s National Team Championship qualifying is provided by the series affiliation with the national organization The Walleye Federation.

For more information contact:
Greg Bentz
Walleye Madness Director

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