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In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail
LAST UPDATE 07/02/01
In Fisherman
Professional Walleye Trail

Lake Sakakawea June 27 - 29 Lund Walleye boats
Western Pro-Am
  • Press Release for June 18,2001
  • Day 1 Press Release
  • Day 1 Pro Results
  • Day 1 Am Results
  • Day 2 Press Release
  • Day 2 Pro Results
  • Day 2 Am Results
  • Day 3 Press Release 
  • Day 3 Pro Results
  • Day 3 Amateur Results
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  • First-Time Winner Terry Ryckman Claims
    Lake Sakakawea $50,000 PWT Prize

    Beulah Bay, North Dakota....After an hour's worth of natural 
    fireworks that delayed the start of the Lund Boats Western Pro-Am, 
    the contestants headed out  with expectations of another great 
    fishing day on Lake Sakakawea.  For one In-Fisherman Professional 
    Walleye Trail (PWT) angler, Terry Ryckman, Toledo, Oregon, the 
    fireworks occurred when he won $50,000.

    Ryckman caught 17.39 pounds  the final day of the June 27-29 
    tournament, for a 3-day total of 61.92  pounds.  This is his first 
    "money" finish in three seasons, while fishing the western division. 
    The PWT pro-am format allows six walleyes per boat per day, which 
    count for both pro and amateur.  Finishing second was pro Rick Olson Walleye fishing pro Mina South Dakota Rick Olson,  Mina, SD, who made this his 16th PWT top 10 place finish.  He weighed  60.58 pounds.  They won $50,000 and $15,000 respectively. 

    Mike Kulm, Rapid City, SD placed third and won $10,000 with 56.70 
    pounds, while Mike Gofron walleye fishing pro from Antioch Illinois Mike Gofron, Antioch, IL won $7,500 for fourth.  He had  56.63 pounds.  The top amateur, Scott Kolling, Dickinson, ND, towed 
    home his first prize Lund Boat, Mercury outboard and Eagle trailer 
    valued at $12,500.  A total of nearly $250,000 was awarded  in front 
    of a cheering hometown Beulah and Hazen, North Dakota crowd estimated 
    at more than 1,000 spectators. 

    Anglers fished Lake Sakakawea from Deepwater Creek to the Highway 83 
    embankment and dam.  The most popular method was jigging with 
    crawlers or minnows in back bays in two to 12 feet of water.  Rigging 
    with nightcrawlers or leeches proved the ticket on main lake points, 
    humps and shallow sand flats.  Some crankbait trolling in the 12 to 
    16 foot depths proved effective.

    Bass Pro Shops big fish of the tournament was 7.78 pounds, caught by 
    Kevin Kraft, Maple Grove, MN on day one.  He won $2,500.  The final 
    day big fish weighed 6.93 pounds and was worth $2,000 for pro Doug 
    Burns, Estherville, Iowa.  Local pro fishing his first PWT tour Jeff 
    Zbasnik, Hazen, won $1,200 for a 6.05 pound walleye.  Amateur Gary 
    Bordewyk, Pueblo West, CO, won $1,025 for a 5.83 pounder, while a 
    5.78 pound walleye earned $950 for amateur Kirk Lauer, Bismarck, ND.

    Winner Ryckman also netted the Storm Heavyweight award of $500, while 
    amateur winner Kolling won $300.  For advancing the most places, 92, 
    pro Leon Houle, Little Canada, MN, won $1,000.  On the amateur side, 
    Royal Handegard, Almont, ND, moved up 112 places and won $600. 
    Ryckman also won the T-H Marine Live Release $500 award for bringing 
    the most releasable walleyes to the scales and placing the highest. 
    Nearly 70 percent of the walleyes weighed were released.  The 
    remainder were cleaned and iced for a St. Martin's Catholic church 
    and St. Matthews Lutheran church youth benefit and fund raiser in 

    A special award honored the Beulah Park Board for the reception they 
    showed  contestants.  Bill Keller, president of the board, accepted 
    the PWT "Host Award" for the extra efforts of Beulah Bay Park 
    employees and the condition of the park.  Earlier in the week, 
    tournament committee chair Kay Ramsbacher, Beulah, ND was honored as 
    the PWT "Key Award" winner for her efforts.  Nearly 100 volunteers 
    worked behind the scenes and welcomed the PWT event to Beulah and 

    Bruce Samson, Cambridge, MN, placed first in the Dee Zee Western 
    Division, winning a Yamaha ATV.  Samson, winner of a PWT tournament 
    last month, will lead the west division into the Championship.  Also 
    qualifying are pros Jimmy Bell, Ham Lake, MN; Les Vietz, Bismarck, 
    ND; rookie Rick Walter, Casper, WY; Jim Peterson, Elk River, MN; and 
    Tom Backer, Fargo, ND. They will compete with the top 30 pros who are 
    fishing all six tournaments, the top six from the Dee Zee Eastern 
    Division and last year's Champion Ron Seelhoff, Lewellen, NE. 

    After four tournaments, the In-Fisherman Angler of the Year leader is 
    Kim Papineau, Escanaba, MI.  If he maintains that lead, he will win 
    $10,000 cash and a Mercury outboard valued at $12,000.  The PWT tour 
    stops next in Sault Ste. Marie, MI, July 18-20, then heads east to 
    Lake Erie with headquarters in Dunkirk, NY, Aug. 8-10, prior to the 

    The PWT is part of PRIMEDIA, Inc., America's leading producer of 
    targeted media headquartered in New York City.PWT sponsors include: Beulah Chamber of Commerce (701-873-4585), Hazen Chamber of Commerce (701-748-6848) and North Dakota Tourism (800-HELLO-ND).PWT sponsors include: Beulah Chamber of Commerce (701-873-4585), Hazen Chamber of Commerce  (701-748-6848) and North Dakota Tourism (800-HELLO-ND),

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    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.

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