LAST UPDATE 04/26/01
Professional Walleye Trail
PowerBait / Midwest Pro-Am.
Chamberlain South Dakota April 25-27 2001
Walleyes Thrill PWT Contestants
Chamberlain, South Dakota....Fishing under "summer" skies, the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) anglers enjoyed South Dakota weather today. The boats departed this morning to a brilliant sunrise, and the day just got better, with light breezes and 80-degree temperatures.
For some anglers, the fishing was better; others scratched
released alive once again. Prevailing patterns included jigging the shallows, running
bottom bouncers with single hooks and minnows and some crankbait trolling. Many male walleyes were hanging shallow, some tight against the rocks in a foot of water. The Missouri River was rising, and has come up about a foot during the past two days, primarily due to snow melt. Over the weekend a foot of snow covered the area, and in four days, the landscape switched from winter to summer.
Bass Pro Shops big fish awards went to pro Mark Broderick, East Bethel, MN, with a 5.13 pound walleye. The top spot pays $2,000 daily. In second was amateur Paul Wright, West Point, IN with a 4.98-pounder. He won $1,200. Third and $1,025 went to Parsons who had a 4.96-pounder, while a 4 1/2 pound walleye was worth $950 for amateur John Flaherty, Thornton, CO.
The third and final day weigh-in takes place Friday at Cedar Shore Resort on the shores of the Missouri in Chamberlain at 3 p.m. The festivities conclude with distribution of a quarter million dollars. Pros share their tactics and "hotspots" following the weigh-in, and the public is invited to the free spectacle.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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