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In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail
LAST UPDATE 09/15/01
In Fisherman
Professional Walleye Trail 2001 Championship
Septmeber 13-15 2001

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  • Mike Gofron Wins 2001 PWT Championship
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  • Day 2 Full Results
  • Mike Gofron takes day 1 lead in Championship press release
  • Day 1 full results
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  • Top 10 Reasons to Attend PWT Championship Fun & Festivities
  • Walleyes Swim to Main Stage at Bismarck Civic Center September 13 - 15
  • In-Fiisherman Pro bios's and photo's
  • Pre Championship  tournament press release 08/22/01
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  • Schedule of Events
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  • 2002 Tournament Schedule
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  • 2001 PWT Championship roster
    Rank First Name Last Name City  State
    1 Gary Gray Walleye fishing pro Oshkosh Wisconsin
    Gray Oshkosh WI
    2 Pete Harsh Professional Walleye trail touring Pro
    Harsh Sauk Centre MN
    3 Perry Good
    Good Eagan MN
    4 Chief Kim Papineau walleye pro of Escanaba Michigan
    Papineau Escanaba MI
    5 Todd Frank Pulaski NY
    6 Norb Wallock pro walleye fisherman Conover Wisconsin
    Wallock Conover WI
    7 John Kolinski Pro Walleye Fisherman
    Kolinski Menasha WI
    Brumbaugh Arcanum OH
    9 Rick Olson Walleye fishing pro Mina South Dakota


    Olson Mina SD
    10 Gary Parsons walleye fishing pro Shenwood Wisconsin
    Parsons Glidden WI
    11 Bill Ortiz Dodgeville WI
    12 Dave Hanson Bemidji MN
    13 Keith Kavajecz walleye fishing pro Kaukauna Wisconsin
    Kavajecz Kaukauna WI
    14 Tommy Skarlis
    Skarlis Walker MN
    15 Eric Naig pro walleye fisherman
    Naig Cylinder IA
    16 Dan Stier Pierre SD
    17 Doug  Burns Estherville IA
    18 Dave Kraft Bismarck ND
    19 Ted Takasaki 1998 PWT Champ
    Takasaki East Gull Lake MN
    20 Mike McClelland hall of fame walleye fisherman Pierre South Dakota
    McClelland Pierre SD
    21 Daryl Christenson Walleye Pro Montello Wisconsin
    Christensen Montello WI
    22 Rick Lacourse Walleye pro Oregon Ohio
    LaCourse Oregon OH
    Puccio Madison WI
    24 Mike Gofron walleye fishing pro from Antioch Illinois
    Gofron Antioch IL
    25 Jeff Taege walleye fishing pro Rhinelander Wisconsin
    Taege Rhinelander WI
    Fairbairn Walker MN
    27 Johnnie Candle Devils Lake ND
    28 Will Lage Rapid City SD
    29 Jim Myzskevich walleye fishing pro
    Myszkewicz Burlington  WI
    30 Mark Broderick East Bethel MN
    31 Mark Martin Walleye fishing articles
    Martin Twin Lake Mi
    32 Ron Seelhoff 1999 PWT Champion
    Seelhoff Burlington CO
    33 George Barach Barryton MI
    34 Bruce Samson Cambridge MN
    35 Dean Miller Walleye fishing pro Stevens Point Wisconsin
    Miller Stevens Point  WI
    36 Jimmy Bell Ham Lake MN
    37 Bill St Peter walleye fishing pro Bay City Michigan
    St Peter Bay City MI
    38 Les Vietz Bismarck ND
    39 Dan Plautz walleye fishing pro Muskego Wisconsin
    Plautz Muskego WI
    40 Rick Walter Casper WY
    41 Keith Segar Muskegon MI
    42 Jim Peterson Elk River MN
    43 Jeff Russell Grand Haven MI
    44 Tom Backer Fargo ND
    45 Rich Sidor* Clarendon Hills IL

    Fishing Fans and World's Top Anglers Ready for
    PWT Championship Walleye Festival in Bismarck

            Bismarck, North Dakota....In September, the country's top-ranked walleye anglers head to North Dakota.  The Dodge/Mercury Championship contenders have fished the Missouri River currents five of the past six years, and following the Sept. 13 - 15 competition, one man will earn $100,000.

      "Best of all," said In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail executive director Jim Kalkofen, Brainerd, MN, "Walleye fans from all across North America will be cheering their favorite anglers."  The anglers transport their walleyes to the Bismarck Civic Center, where weigh-ins begin after school at 4 p.m.  The Thursday and Friday crowds build to a massive frenzy by the final day of competition, Saturday, Sept. 15.  Fans enjoy the friendly rivalry, the freebies tossed by the anglers, the banter on stage and the antics of the anglers.

           The veteran tournament organizer explained that a full Bismarck Civic Center creates waves of excitement.  "It's more than just a fishing event, it's like a rock concert, the Super Bowl and the World Series all rolled into one," he said. 

      Leading the pack is In-Fisherman Angler of the Year Gary Gray, Oshkosh, WI.  He said, "Catching fish on the Missouri River is important, but hoisting fish from the livewell, flashing them before the fans and hearing their cheers is awesome.  I wouldn't miss this big show for anything."  That same sentiment is shared by the 45 pro anglers. 

            The competitors represent 11 states and winners of 38 past PWT tournaments, eight former Championship winners, five Anglers of the Year and five Remington Top Guns.  Wyoming and New York are represented for the first time.  The field consists of the top six pro anglers from the both the Dee Zee western and eastern divisions, the top 30 touring pros, Ron Seelhoff, Burlington, CO, back-to-back winner of the last two Championships, and Mercury Top Amateur Rich Sidor, Clarendon Hills, IL.  Sidor will compete against the same pros he fished with for the past nine years.  Of the pros, only Mark Martin, Twin Lake, MI and Perry Good, Eagan, MN, have qualified for all 12 PWT Championships.  Martin won the Championship in 1990; Good in 1994. 

      The first 500 youngsters each day win special PWT prizes.  On Thursday, they receive tackle packs; on Friday they receive Plano tackle boxes; and on Saturday, they receive Pinnacle/Silstar rods and reels.  Kids must wear a Folk Festival button and be accompanied by an adult to receive the free fishing tackle.

            Fans can see a complete display of 2002 walleye boats, outboards, gear and equipment in the adjacent PWT Sport Show, with many company owners and industry leaders present.  The Sport Show and all seats in the Civic Center are free to the public, but Kalkofen advises, "Be early."

    The PWT has conducted walleye tournaments and Championships since 1989, and more than $10,000,000 in cash and merchandise has been earned by contestants.  PWT Championship action can be watched in person, on the PWT Live Leader Board at www.in-fisherman.com, or Sept. 30 on TNN. 

            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, IMCO Boat Buckles 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, Bismarck/Mandan Convention & Visitors Bureau (800-767-3555) and North Dakota Tourism (800-HELLOND).


         The Dodge/Mercury Championship is one month away.  Make plans now to attend the biggest indoor walleye celebration in the world. 

            Dates of competition are Sept. 13, 14, 15.  Fishing takes place on the Missouri River from Bismarck, ND downstream.  But, the real excitement is inside the Bismarck Civic Center each afternoon. 

          In addition to stories about hometown and state favorites fishing the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail Championship, media will find plenty of news at the "Walleye Only" sport show.  New boats, outboards, gear and equipment will be unveiled for the first time, and the owners or key personnel from these companies will be present.  So will the leaders in the industry, including Al and Ron Lindner and others.

            Through North Dakota Tourism and the Bismarck/Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau, you will be paired with experts to discuss the upcoming upland game and waterfowl seasons.  Fishing throughout North Dakota continues to amaze biologists; find out why.  The bicentennial of the Lewis and Clark expedition will soon be here; they spent more time in North Dakota than any other modern-day state, and local experts will be available for photos and interviews.  Grouse and dove seasons will be open.  Also, the ESPN folks who run a fantasy walleye game will be in attendance; talk with them.  The fantasy game is at www.fbc2000.com.

       Of course, the extravaganza occurring in the Civic Center as walleye fans cheer their heroes, is the highlight of Championship week.  But, you will find dozens of additional stories to interest you and your editors.

    As an added treat following the Championship, a special pheasant hunt has been organized for Sunday and Monday, Sept. 16 & 17 for interested media.  You will travel from Bismarck to the hunt Sunday morning, with lodging and dinner provided Sunday night.  Call PWT for details. 

       Qualified media may be eligible for complimentary lodging in Bismarck; call PWT executive director Jim Kalkofen, 218-824-2552, or e-mail Jim at jkalkofen@cowles.com.  Local media should also notify Jim so appropriate credentials may be prepared.

       Special press conferences will be conducted each Championship day with top anglers.  Press conferences will be from the main stage, with all walleye fans listening to your questions and the pro's answers.

        Results will be posted on the PWT Live leader Board as the anglers cross the stage.  Check the PWT web site for other Championship details and schedules (and Live Leader Board) at www.in-fisherman.com.  Then, go to the tournament link.

    Top 10 Reasons to Attend PWT Championship Fun & Festivities

        Bismarck, North Dakota...The In-Fisherman Professional 
    Walleye Trail (PWT) best-of-the-best pro anglers are in town, 
    preparing for the Sept. 13 - 15 showdown.  One of the 45 elite 
    anglers will win the $100,000 first prize in the Dodge/Mercury 
    Championship.  Fishing takes place on the Missouri River, but walleye 
    fans can catch all the action during free afternoon ceremonies at the 
    Bismarck Civic Center.

        A sport show fills the adjacent Exhibit Hall, and fans are 
    encouraged to see what's new for 2002.  This event, also free, is a 
    "must see" for anglers.  The largest yet kids fishing fair with 
    games, prizes and lessons is set up on the main floor, and parents 
    and kids should make a date to attend one or all three days, 
    Thursday, Friday and Saturday.  Following daily weigh-ins, the pros 
    move directly from the center stage to the sport show; meet them 
    there for autographs and walleye fishing advice.

        The PWT Top 10 List for Kids & Fans of all Ages to Join the Fun,
        the Action, the Walleye Festival and Sport Show in Bismarck, ND

        # 10:  The best walleye anglers in North America are in town;

        # 9:  The pros are fishing for your favorite fish -- walleyes.

        #8:  A huge kids fishing fair with games, prizes, fighting 
    chairs and lessons is staffed with experts; FREE for youngsters of 
    all ages.

        #7:  Pros from Casper, Wyoming to Conover, Wisconsin; 
    Pulaski, New York to Pierre, South Dakota; and Bismarck, North Dakota 
    to Burlington, Colorado to Bay City, Michigan are in town.

        #6:  The first 500 kids each day receive FREE fishing tackle; 
    500 tackle packs on Thursday, Sept. 13; 500 Plano tackle boxes on 
    Friday, Sept. 14; and 500 Silstar spinning rods and reels on 
    Saturday, Sept. 15.

        #5:  Watch how 25 pounds of fish can be worth $4,000 per 
    pound to the winner.

        #6.  The Bismarck Civic Center action, thrills, festive 
    high-jinks and ceremonies are FREE.

        #5:  The Sport Show in the adjacent Exhibit Hall is loaded 
    with 2002 boats and outboards and tackle and trailers and gear.  See 
    industry leaders like Al & Ron Lindner and the top pros in the booths 
    each day.  The Sport Show is also FREE.

        #4:  Learn the secrets of the mighty Missouri River.

        #3:  Listen for rigging and jigging details for elusive walleyes.

        #2:  Get autographs of the walleye heroes you only see on TV 
    and read about in the magazines.

        #1:  The Championship and Sport Show are family-oriented and 
    designed for all ages.  And, it's all FREE.

        NOTE TO MEDIA:  For Championship "floor" credentials, see PWT 
    staff at the Civic Center.  Special floor seating is provided to 

    Walleyes Swim to Main Stage at
    Bismarck Civic Center September 13 - 15

    Bismarck, North Dakota....From Wyoming to New York, the walleye pros are coming to Bismarck.  Each of the top-ranked anglers hopes to catch the largest fish and display them to the walleye fans from the Bismarck Civic Center main stage.

        "That's right," said In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) executive director Jim Kalkofen, Brainerd, Minnesota, "The pros work their magic on the Missouri River, then drive inside the Civic Center to show off their fish to the world's best walleye fans."  Each day of the Dodge/Mercury Championship, Sept. 13 - 15, brings new triumphs and a few heartaches as the pros tell their stories.  One pro will win the $100,000 first prize.

            Only the 45 highest placing pros qualified for Bismarck.  They fished hard all season; the Championship is the culmination of thousands of road miles, thousands of nightcrawlers, thousands of gallons of gasoline, thousands of walleyes (and a few missed bites), and a major commitment by these dedicated professionals.

       Even though Wisconsin pro Gary Gray leads the group as the In-Fisherman Angler of the Year, two North Dakota pros with intimate knowledge of the Missouri River system .  Les Vietz and Dave Kraft, both of Bismarck, will be competing, along with Johnnie Candle, Devils Lake, and Tom Backer, Fargo for in-state honors.  "The river changes so much, everybody's got the same chance," said Kraft, a retired federal game warden.  He also serves as the Championship committee chairman.  He is a past PWT winner and anxious for the competition to begin.

            Kraft is proud of the community support and the numbers of fans who attend the big festival inside the Civic Center and the adjacent Sport Show.  "It's all free and for family fun and entertainment, you can't beat it.  Come and join us," he said.   The actual stage festivities begin at 4 p.m. daily, which makes this a perfect after-school activity.

            Kraft also wants all youngsters to know that with a parent and a Folk Fest button they are eligible for attendance prizes.  The first 500 kids on day one receive a tackle pack; on day two the first 500 get a Plano tackle box; and on day three the first 500 win a Pinnacle/Silstar spinning rod and reel.

            Joining the North Dakota contingent and the Angler of the Year are names familiar to walleye fans everywhere.  They include the winner of last year's Championship, Ron Seelhoff, Burlington, CO.  Other past Bismarck Championship winners also fishing in a few weeks include Ted Takasaki, East Gull Lake, MN, and Rick LaCourse, Oregon, Ohio. 

         The field includes anglers with 38 PWT wins to their credit and many who have been past Anglers of the Year and Remington Top Guns.  Ten anglers are fishing their first Championship and three are rookies.  The rookies include Rick Walter, Casper, WY, Keith Segar, Muskegon, MI, and Jeff Russell, Grand Haven, MI.

    PWT Championship Moves
     Forward; Gofron Leads after Day 1

            Bismarck, North Dakota....Mike Gofron, Antioch, IL, captured the day one lead of the Dodge/Mercury Championship with 8.88 pounds.  The 45 "Best-of-the-Best" walleye anglers on the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) tour have been in North Dakota for a week, all seeking the solution for the $100,000 first prize.

         The Championship continues Friday and Saturday, with great Missouri River fishing, followed by exciting ceremonies inside the Bismarck Civic Center.  Pro anglers drive through the Civic Center to the cheers of their walleye fans.  Second and third place pros were Tom Backer, Fargo, ND, 8.66 pounds and Jim Peterson, Elk River, MN, 8.51 pounds.  Weights were close in the 5-fish competition.  Only one walleye could be over 18 inches.  Most anglers weighed limits.

            Prior to the weigh-in festivities, PWT emcee Jim O'Rourke read the following message,

       "The events of these past days have shocked and saddened all Americans.  The professional anglers in this Championship tournament, the staff of In-Fisherman, the sponsors, the participants in the sportshow, the Civic Center support staff, the Touchstone Energy media team, all of our families, indeed every person in North Dakota and the rest of this country have been profoundly affected by this tragedy.  Yet our American spirit continues to prevail. 

       "President George Bush has urged all Americans to carry on.  North Dakota Governor John Hoeven in conjunction with the Bismarck Chamber of Commerce, asked the Folk Fest, a long standing celebration here in Bismarck, and the Professional Walleye Trail Championship, an integral part of Folk Fest weekend for the past few years, move forward as planned.  And we are doing that in Bismarck for the Championship.  As each pro fisherman enters the arena he will proudly display the American flag in honor of the victims and their families and in the spirit of renewed patriotism.

    "Let's pull together as a community and remember those who died this week, and reflect on our future as we give each of these contestants a rousing North Dakota welcome."

          Those who visited the pros and Sportshow (free to all) said, "What a great show, we'll be back."  The first 500 youngsters in the Sportshow Exhibit Hall received free fishing tackle packs today and 500 will get free Plano tackle boxes tomorrow, and 500 Silstar rods and reels on Saturday.

            Bass Pro Shops big fish today was 2.42 pounds caught by Norb Wallock, Conover, WI.  The largest walleye pays $1,000.  All cash and prizes (nearly $250,000), will be paid Saturday.
    2001 PWT Championship Day 1 results
    Rank First Name Last Name City  State # of fish  Total Weight
    1 Mike Gofron Antioch IL 5 8.88
    2 Tom Backer Fargo ND 5 8.66
    3 Jim Peterson Elk MN 5 8.51
    4 Jimmy Bell Ham Lake MN 5 8.35
    5 Scott Fairbairn Walker MN 5 8.33
    6 Todd Frank Pulaski NY 5 8.22
    7 Dan Stier Pierre SD 5 8.09
    8 Dave Kraft Bismarck ND 5 8.07
    9 Gary Parsons Glidden WI 5 7.94
    10 Keith Segar Muskegon MI 5 7.94
    11 Jeff Taege Rhinelander WI 5 7.78
    12 Gary Gray Oshkosh WI 5 7.76
    13 Dan Plautz Muskego WI 5 7.74
    14 Ted Takasaki East Gull Lake MN 5 7.65
    15 Doug Burns Estherville IA 5 7.58
    16 Mark Brumbaugh Arcanum OH 5 7.57
    17 Eric Naig Cylinder IA 5 7.47
    18 Rick Walter Casper WY 5 7.46
    19 Rick Olson Mina SD 5 7.21
    20 Daryl Christensen Montello WI 5 7.14
    21 John Kolinski Menasha WI 5 7.12
    22 Mark Martin Twin Lake MI 5 7.09
    23 Keith Kavajecz Kaukauna WI 5 7.06
    24 Will Lage Rapid City SD 5 7.03
    25 Kim Papineau Escanaba MI 5 7
    26 Les Vietz Bismarck ND 5 7
    27 Perry Good Eagan MN 5 6.9
    28 James Myszkewicz BurlingtonCO WI 5 6.58
    29 Ron Seelhoff BurlingtonCO CO 5 6.58
    30 Bill St Peter Bay city MI 5 6.41
    31 Bill Ortiz Dodgeville WI 5 6.4
    32 Dean Miller Stevens Point WI 5 6.3
    33 Pete Harsh Sauk Centre MN 4 5.52
    34 George Barach Barryton MI 4 5.11
    35 Mike McClelland Pierre SD 4 5.04
    36 Tommy Skarlis Walker MN 4 4.96
    37 Norb Wallock Conover WI 3 4.77
    38 Johnnie Candle Devils Lake ND 3 4.36
    39 Mark Broderick East MN 3 4.05
    40 Jeff Russell Grand Rapids MI 2 3.11
    41 Tony Puccio Madison WI 2 2.87
    42 Bruce Samson Cambridge MN 2 2.38
    43 Dave Hanson Bemidji MN 0 0
    44 Rick LaCourse Oregon OH 0 0
    45 Rich Sidor* Clarendon Hills IL 0 0

    Schedule of Events

    Dodge Truck/Mercury Outboards
    2001 Championship
    Missouri River, Bismarck/Mandan, North Dakota
    September 6 - 15, 2001

    Thursday, September 6 
    6 - 8 p.m.              Mandatory Zebra Mussel & Milfoil Inspection             Radisson Lot

    Friday, September 7         Navagation Day
              .               Launch at any ramp; explore; learn to run the river; punch GPS regularly; no fishing. 

    Saturday, September 8   First Day of Practice (launch at any ramp)
    6:00 a.m.               Boat yard opens - practice begins
    5:00 p.m.               Boats off the water; park at Civic Center  Civic Center
    7:00 p.m.               Pro Orientation meeting/Registration 

    Sunday, September 9     Pro-Am Celebrity Tournament (launch at any ramp)
    6  a.m.                 Meet celebrities at boat; depart Civic Center Boat Yard
    4:00 p.m.             Boats off the water; return to Civic Center
    5 - 6:00 p.m.        Park boat; bring measurements of celebrity or pro fish to stage PWT Stage - Civic Center

    Monday, September 10    Third Day of Open Practice (launch at any ramp)
    6  a.m.                 Meet press at boat; depart Civic CenterBoat Yard
    5:00 p.m.             Boats off the water; return to Civic Center

    Tuesday, September 11        Fourth Day of Open Practice 
    6 a.m.                  Meet press at boat; depart to Rifle Range ramp Civic Center Boat Yard All boats depart from Rifle Range ramp Rifle Range ramp
    5:00 p.m.               Boats off the water; return to Civic Center
    8:00 p.m.               Fellowship of Christian Anglers meeting; guest Radisson Inn
                                  speakers Al and Mary Lindner
    Wednesday, September 12     Final Practice Day
    6 a.m.                  Meet press at boat; depart to Rifle Range ramp   Civic Center Boat Yard  All boats depart from Rifle Range Rifle Range ramp
    Noon.                   Boats off the water; return to Civic Center
    2:00 p.m.               Pro walk thru; drive thru procedures Civic Center main floor
    6:30 p.m.               Pro/Press/Observer/Volunteer Dinner Elks Club (900 S. Washington)
    7:00 p.m.               Rules Meeting; pros and observers
    Thursday, September 13        Championship Day 1
    5:45 - 6:00 a.m.     Pros meet observers at boats and depart  Civic Center Boat Yard
    6:50  a.m.              Opening Ceremonies Rifle Range ramp
    7:00 a.m.               Boats depart in order, #1 - #45
    2 p.m. - 9 p.m.      Championship Sport/Outdoor Show  Exhibit Hall
    free admission        Featuring what's hot in fishing tackle, boat and marine products; PWT Fishing Experience (for kids) hosted by NPAA.  Casting demonstrations by Stan Fagerstrom.
    3:30 p.m.               Boats return to Rifle Range; check-in with timekeeper Rifle Range ramp
    4:00 p.m.               Stage festivities commence 4:15 p.m.Weigh-in boats in order #45 - #1      Civic Center Press interviews; photos following weigh-in  PWT Stage
    6:45 p.m.               After weigh-in meet the pros at the show - in sponsor booths    Exhibit Hall  500 Kids with coupons pick-up free tackle packets at Exhibit Hall
    Friday, September 14   Championship Day 2
    5:45 - 6:00 a.m.       Pros meet observers at boats and depart Civic Center Boat Yard
    6:50  a.m.              Opening Ceremonies  Rifle Range ramp
    7:00 a.m.               Boats depart in order, #45 - #1
    10 a.m.                 Sponsor's Brunch hosted by Stu Legaard and Al Linder Raddisson
    Noon                    PWT Spouse's Luncheon - sponsored by Gemini Sport Marketing     Radisson hosted by Marsha Kalkofen
    Noon to 9:00 p.m.      Championship Sport/Outdoor Show Exhibit Hall
    free admission          Featuring what's hot in fishing tackle, boat and marine products; PWT Fishing Experience (for kids) hosted by NPAA.Casting demonstrations by Stan Fagerstrom.
    3:30 p.m.               Boats return to Rifle Range; check-in with timekeeper            Rifle Range ramp
    4:00 p.m.               Stage festivities commence 
    4:15 p.m.               Weigh-in boats in order #1 - #45   Civic Center                 Press interviews; photos following weigh-in  PWT stage
    6:45 p.m.               After weigh-in meet the pros at the show - in sponsor booths    Exhibit Hall  First 500 Kids with coupons pick-up free Plano tackle boxes upstairs at Exhibit Hall
    Saturday, September 15    Championship Day 3
    5:45 - 6:00 a.m.          Pros meet observers at boats and depart                         Civic Center Boat Yard
    6:50  a.m.              Opening Ceremonies Rifle Range ramp
    7:00 a.m.               Boats depart in order, #1 - #45
    10 a.m. to 9 p.m.    Championship Sport/Outdoor Show  Exhibit Hall  free admission          Featuring what's hot in fishing tackle, boat and marine products; PWT Fishing Experience (for kids) hosted by NPAA. Casting demonstrations by Stan Fagerstrom.
    3:30                    Boats return to Rifle Range; check-in with timekeeper           Rifle Range ramp
    3:30 p.m.               Special Entertainment  Civic Center
    4:00 p.m.               Stage festivities commence
    4:15 p.m.               Weigh-in boats  in order #45 - #1Civic CenterPress interviews; photos following weigh-in  Main Floor
    6:45 p.m.               500 Kids with coupons pick-up free Pinnacle/Silstar rod and reel combo Exhibit Hall
    7:30 - 8:30 p.m.     Social Hour for pros/press/observers/volunteers and sponsors Radisson Inn Ballroom
    8:30 p.m.               Championship Banquet & Awards Ceremonies - ticket required      Radisson Inn Ballroom  $100,000 to winner; all contestants win prizes

    PWT Headquarters phone: 701-250-7637; FAX 701-250-7638
    Radisson Hotel:  701-258-7700; FAX 701-224-8212
    Bismarck Convention & Visitors Bureau: 701-222-0647 or 800-767-3555
    Civic Center: 701-222-6487

    NOTE: First 500 youngsters with FolkFest buttons accompanied by parent or guardian receive coupons for tackle on Championship Day 1 and Plano tackle boxes on Day 2.  On the final day, the first 500 kids get coupons for Pinnacle/Silstar rod & reel combos.  Redeem coupons at Exhibit Hall following weigh-in.

    .PWT sponsors 

    Lund Walleye boats Mercury Outboard Motors The Water Calls

    Eagle Trailers

    Aqua Vu The underwater viewing system
    Pinnacle Rods and Reels
    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 Kota 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

    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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