Bago Walleye Club Results
Sherman Best of Midwest Event October 19-20, 2019 – Nebraska Walleye Association
Kevin J Murray Memorial Tournament
Lewis and Clark Lake
The Kevin J Murray Memorial Tournament was a huge success. A total of $14,000.00 was raised for scholarships for Wayne State College. The fishing was also excellent as we had the best total weight to date of all the tournaments taken with a total of 231.56 lbs of walleye caught! The weather cooperated with the exception of the high wind the anglers had to deal with the whole day. In general, it was a great tournament and the third location on the Nebraska Walleye Trail.
Congratulations to the winners Jeff Ivey and Chris Cozad with a total weight of 15.14 pounds. Second place team Todd Acheson and Josh Junge had 14.3 lbs. Third place team Jeff Wendte and Jeff Benjamin had 13.81 lbs. Fourth place team Reggie Itochstein and Kent Itochstein had 13.34 lbs. And fifth place team William McGannon and Brian Hunke had 12.42 lbs and also caught the largest walleye at 6.01 lbs.
Walleye could be caught along the dam and along the South Dakota shoreline from Midway beach to the Yankton Marina. The fish were anywhere from 15-25’ deep and crank baits where the bait of choice. The top four teams fished on the west end of the lake in the Merkel flats area using either crank baits or bottom bouncing with ½ to ¾ of a worm. They were generally located in the middle of the Merkel Flats.
Nate Stender D.C.
June 22-23, 2019
The third stop for this years Nebraska Walleye Association tournaments was at Calamus reservoir. Once again, the anglers had to fight through some rain but at least we did not have the nasty wind like at Sherman. Overall, it was a great turnout and fishing was good. In total 160 walleye were caught for a total of 288.14lbs for both days.
Fish were caught throughout the entire lake system. A lot of the nicer fish were caught on the north side of Nunda Shoals on the break using crank baits. The west end also produced well using crank baits in the 8-10 feet range. Some fish were caught using bottom bouncers and night crawlers as well. The white bass and drum were also wanting in on some action as anglers had to fight through them to get to the Walleyes.
Congratulations to the all the teams who placed in the money and especially to the winners! Saturday, Bill McGannon and Brian Hunke won with 13.83lbs. Ken Seffron and Karen Class got second, Steve Williams and Dustin Whitmire got third. Jake Whipple and Austin Svoboda got fourth. Nate and Landon Stender got fifth. Jake Basak and Brady Harrington got sixth. Rich McShane and Rich Losee got seventh. Rick and Dan Waldron got eighth.
Sunday Mike Woerth and James Paul won with a total weight of 13.61lbs. Rich McShane and Rich Losee got second. Jason Hettler and Ryan Verba got third. Damon Allbee and Brian Weber got fourth. Nate and Landon Stender got fifth. Ken Seffron and Karen Class got sixth. James Hesse and Doug Hesse got seventh. Steve Williams and Dustin Whitmire got eighth.
We would like to give a shout out to all our sponsors including Bass Pro Shops/Cabelas and Lowe’ded Bar for sponsoring our big fish prize. Also, a special thanks to the volunteers including Jim Anderson, Dave Nadgwicks niece and nephew, and all the help at the scales and throughout the tournament.
Nate Stender D.C.