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In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail
LAST UPDATE 04/24/01
In Fisherman
Professional Walleye Trail
  • South Dakota first day Results  04/26/01 Pro Standings  Am standings
  • South Dakota Press Release 04-20-01
  • South Dakota Press Release 04-23-01
  • Entry Form & Rules now on-line.  Amateur openings still available for some  tournaments
  • New PWT mailing list for ride and lodging sharing, prefishing and other important info 
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  • 04/20/01
    PWT: Professional Walleye Trail
       PWT: Prime Walleye Time in Chamberlain

        Brainerd, Minnesota....The early reports are coming in and 
    the answer is "Now!"  The question is, "When is the prime time for 
    Chamberlain, South Dakota walleye action?"

        Anglers on the Missouri River are plainly visible from 
    thousands of passers-by on Interstate I-90.  Launch ramp parking lots 
    are full of trucks from Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Minnesota, North 
    Dakota and Nebraska plus hundreds of in-state anglers. The walleyes 
    are moving up Lake Francis Case towards traditional river spawning 
    areas from Chamberlain to Big Bend Dam.

        And, despite higher spring-time flows than in recent years, 
    the fish are biting.  When the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye 
    Trail (PWT) pros and amateurs arrive, the fish will have concluded 
    their spawning rituals and should be feeding heavily.  The key for 
    the contestants fishing for nearly $250,000 will be locating the 
    highly mobile females.  Male walleyes usually remain in the shallower 
    and warmer water after spawning and make up the bulk of the catch.

        The PWT crowd, competing in the PowerBait/MinnKota Midwest 
    Pro-Am April 25 - 27, will be on the water for several days to 
    determine the best tactics, then each will put the best game plan 
    into action.  The winning pro earns $50,000 including a Lund 20-foot 
    boat and 200-hp Mercury outboard on an Eagle trailer.  The top 
    amateur, after fishing with three different pros in the combined 
    boat-weight event, claims a $12,500 Lund/Mercury boat package.

        All activities including the morning start and the 3 p.m. to 
    6 p.m. afternoon weigh-in festivities take place at Cedar Shore 
    Resort in Chamberlain.  Weigh-ins are free of charge and a great 
    place to learn more about walleye fishing and meet the best walleye 
    anglers in the world.  To "watch" from home or work, check the PWT 
    website real-time scoring: www.in-fisherman.com, or, select your 
    favorite pros and play the Fantasy Walleye Challenge game at 

        The PWT is part of PRIMEDIA, Inc., America's leading producer 
    of targeted media headquartered in New York City.  PWT sponsors 
    include: Aqua Vu, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley PowerBait, Berkley Trilene, 
    Blue Fox Tackle, Carhartt, Coleman, Cotton Cordell, Daiichi hooks, 
    Dee Zee, Dodge truck, Eagle Claw, Eagle Trailers, Evercel, Flambeau, 
    Guest chargers, Lindy Little Joe, Lowrance Electronics, Lund Boats, 
    Mack's Lure, Marinco, Mercury Outboards, MinnKota, Rapala Lures, 
    Northland Tackle, Oceanwave sunglasses, Pinnacle rods and reels, 
    Plano, RAM, Raytheon Marine, Real Tree,  Shimano rods, Storm Lures, 
    T-H Marine, Yamaha all terrain vehicles, Cedar Shore Resort, 
    605-734-6376 and the Chamberlain/Oacoma Chamber,

    Anyone looking for a ride, rider, or someone to share lodging and expenses with, can be posted on the PWT info bulletin board.  Please provide your name, city, state and dates of travel, and any other pertinent notes you wish to include on your board posting and Email it to pwtinfo@aol.com. Since this will be public information, it will be up to you on how much information you wish to display on the board, such as addresses and phone numbers. After a note is posted and an arrangement is requested, we will forward the name, address and phone number to the appropriate party(ies).   This information will not be disseminated with out the consent of the parties involved. The point person coordinating the bulletin board information is Randy Tyler, can be reached at home at (708) 425-0996  Future possibilities for the website could include information like travel tips, lodging information, landings, local bait stores, etc.  Hopefully, this “networking” will make traveling for all contestants’ easier, more cost effective, and safer, as well as promoting PWT fellowship.  Your input, comments and suggestions are welcome and appreciated.

    Late Spring Snow Storm Greets
    PWT Anglers in South Dakota

        Chamberlain, South Dakota...."That boat cover was a great 
    idea," said PWT winner and touring pro Norb Wallock, Conover, 
    Wisconsin, as he watched fellow pro anglers shovel half a foot of 
    snow from their boats.  Wallock was in no hurry to head out into the 
    35 mph north winds with temperatures still below freezing at 9 a.m. 

        None of the other competitors in the PowerBait/MinnKota 
    Midwest Pro-Am were in a hurry either, since the 3-foot snow drift 
    and parking lot was being plowed out at Cedar Shore Resort, 
    headquarters for the $250,000 In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail 
    tournament.  The good news is that with Bass Pro Shops 100 mph 
    Gore-Tex foul weather suits, anglers could remain dry and warm.

        However, Mother Nature may provide her own warmth, based upon 
    weather forecasts of high 70-degree temperatures during the 
    Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, April 25-27 competition.  Prior to 
    the late spring storm, the walleyes in this stretch of the Missouri 
    River and Lake Francis Case had spawned, and water was warming above 
    the 46-degree range.

        Touring pro Daryl Christensen, Montello, Wisconsin, said, 
    "This is one of the best bites ever, and I've lived on rivers in 
    springtime my entire life.  I can't find a spot where the fish don't 
    bite."  Strong words indeed from a past PWT winner and one of the 
    top-rated jig fishermen in the country.  Anglers have found a 
    combination of live bait tactics, primarily jigging and rigging to 
    produce numbers.

        The tactic that has helped pros dial into the bigger walleyes 
    is trolling edges of flats near the main river channel.  These 
    methods include deep-diving crankbaits and leadcore line or heavy 
    weights to get lures deep.  While jigging from 3 to 12 feet is the 
    preferred depth, trollers are working from 22 feet and deeper.

        The Midwest Pro-Am, with great local support from the 
    Chamberlain/Oacoma Chamber of Commerce, will conduct weigh-in 
    festivities each afternoon from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m.  April 25-27.  The 
    public is invited to join the fun on the lawn of Cedar Shore Resort; 
    admission if free.  On Friday, the awards ceremony brings a 
    "tell-all" from the pros of what they did, where they caught their 
    fish and how.

        The PWT is part of PRIMEDIA, Inc., America's leading producer 
    of targeted media headquartered in New York City. PWT sponsors are

    Lund Walleye boats Mercury Outboard Motors The Water Calls

    Eagle Trailers

    Aqua Vu The underwater viewing system
    Carhartt Shimano
    Lowrance Electronics Plano Tackle Systems
    Daiichi The Sharpest hooks on the Market Flambeau Tackle Boxes Storm Fishing Lures
    Lindy Little Joe Fishing Tackle systems
    R-A-M The only way to mount your electronics Just say RAM IT
    Walleye Angler Eagle Claw Hooks
    Off Shore Tackle and Trolling products for serious walleye fisherman Northland Tackle Stren Fishing Line
    Minn Koto trolling motors Manns Bait Company Energizer
    Rapala the walleye pro's choice Polar Wrap Heat Exchanger Berkley Power Bait (Fish won't let go)
    Bomber Lures COTTON CORDELL
    Blue Fox Tackle
    Coleman America's first choice in camping gear
    Raytheon Electronics GUEST Marine Products DODGE TRUCKS
    Very Fine Juices
    Mack's Lures
    Ocean Wave Sunglasses
    Yamaha Outboard Motors
    All Terrain Vehicles
     Real Tree
    Boat Buckles

    Cedar Shore Resort, 605-734-6376 and the Chamberlain/Oacoma Chamber, 

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