The 2014 Border Walleye Challenge was another huge success as over 30 of the 94 teams brought a 6 fish limit to the scales. With water temps in the mid 50’s most anglers worked the spawning patterns fishing the walleyes in 1-6 foot of water with a jig and minnow and caught primarily the male fish on the north half Big Stone Lake. However, this years tournament winners Guy Dittel and Travis Sherod of Ortonville, MN used not only the shallow water techniques to get their tournament winning fish, they also trolled firetiger colored shad raps on the far north end of the lake in the dirty 58 degree water to get their 18.64 pounds for 6 fish and their 7.34 lb big fish and were crowned the 2014 Border Walleye Challenge champions! As weather has been a challenge in the BWC in many of the past years, this year the anglers fished 20-30mph southeast winds as the temps rolled into the mid 50’s. Coming off a few calm days, many anglers commented that the winds had turned the bite on. A total of 261 walleyes averaging 1.8 pounds were caught and every single fish was released alive! The largest fish of the tournament at 8.41 pounds was caught by team Issac and Todd Pauly of Arlington, MN and Omaha, SD. In the border battle of the states between Minnesota and South Dakota, Minnesota was this years winner as they had more contestants in the top 15. The Border Walleye Challenge would like to thank its sponsors Doug’s Anchor Marine, Skeeter Boats, Reef Runner Lures, St. Croix Rods, Navionics, Pizza Hut, Ortonville Liquor Store, Matador Supper Club, Minnesota Tournament Trail, Big Stone Lake area Chamber of Commerce and Artie’s Bait & Tackle. The 8th annual Border Walleye Challenge tournament will be held April 25, 2015 next year.
The boats are out in the water – expect to see the first flight coming in after 2:30. Here are some highlights from this morning –
Press Release: The Big Stone Walleye club is pleased to announce it will again be hosting the Border Walleye Challenge on April 26, 2014. This years tournament will host a maximum of 125 teams with an entry fee of $150. Entries will go out in the mail Monday Feb. 10th to all teams that were registered last year. New teams will be able to register by printing off an entry from www.bigstonewalleyeclub.com which will be available to the public on Monday Feb. 17th. Teams can also pick up an entry form at Artie’s Bait & Tackle on or after Feb 17. The club would also like to thank Doug’s Anchor Marine of Watertown, SD for their continued sponsorship of the Border Walleye Challenge!
Today, Feb 1, 2013 entries were mailed out to the first partner of every team from last year. South Dakota entries were sent from the Milbank, SD post office and the Minnesota entries were sent from Ortonville. 25 boat flights will be filled on a first come first serve basis and all entries must be mailed in, no hand delivered entries. Entry forms will be available online and open to the public Friday Feb 8th. The Big Stone Walleye Club still has 5 entries available for this years NTC in Sault St. Marie Michigan in August. Call Eric Brandriet for more details (605)880-8892.
The 7th annual Border Walleye Challenge will be held on April 27th this year. The format will remain the same with 125 teams competing and $150 entry fee. This years tournament will again be covered on national TV through MidWest Outdoors thanks to our great sponsors! Entry forms will go out on Feb 1 to last years teams and opened to the public with online applications available on Feb 8th.
Look for the 2012 border walleye challenge to air this weekend on midwest outdoors tune in at 9:30am sat. June 23rd On fox sports north (fsn) to see the coverage. It also airs sat on kstc tv 45 @ 10:30am in central minnesota including mlps-metro area for complete market airrings log on to midwestoutdoors.com