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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

Mercury Outboard Motors The Water CallsDODGE TRUCKS Championship
  • Mike Gofron Wins 2001 PWT Championship
  • 2001 PWT Championship Final Day rankings
  • Mike Gofron continues lead on Day 2 of PWT championship
  • 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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  • 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

    Gofron Holds Lead; 
    1 Fishing Day
         Remains for PWT Championship Pros

      Bismarck, North Dakota....  A rousing welcome greeted each Dodge/Mercury Championship contestant today.  The 45 "Best-of-the-Best" anglers were spotlighted as they paraded in front of the large Bismarck Civic Center crowd.

      Day two Championship fan emotion peaked when In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) pro Daryl Christensen pulled a 6.23 pound walleye from his livewell.  The former Walleye Super Pro winner from Montello, WI, could be the Bass Pro Shops "big fish" of the tournament worth $1,000.  He said he was more interested in the $100,000 first prize tomorrow of the nearly $250,000 total purse

      Still holding down first place is day one leader Mike Gofron, Antioch, IL.  A PWT winner last year, he weighed 9.27 pounds today and carries 18.15 pounds forward to the third and final day tomorrow.  Gofron has more top 10 PWT finishes (23) than any other pro.

        In second with a total of 17.16 pounds is Jimmy Bell, Ham Lake, MN.  The third place pro is Jim Peterson, Elk River, MN with 17.05 pounds.

          The pros were matched against Mother Nature and the rainy, cool, windy conditions on the Missouri River and the upper reaches of Lake Oahe.  Despite the 50-degree day, 33 anglers landed 5-fish limits.  Each pro could keep fish from 14 to 18 inches with only one over 18 inches.  Most anglers caught dozens of walleyes and were impressed with the quantity and quality of the walleyes.

    At noon the PWT contestants all reeled in their lines and observed 15 minutes of personal reflection and prayer.  Earlier in the week, they unanimously agreed to continue with the Championship, knowing that the Bismarck community leaders and North Dakota Governor John Hoeven requested they proceed despite the national tragedy.

            The Civic Center festivities were supplemented with a tackle, boat and youth fun-fair Sportshow in the adjacent Exhibit Hall.  The first 500 youngsters received free Plano tackle boxes.  On Saturday, the first 500 youngsters receive Silstar spinning rod and reels.  All Championship activities are free to fishing fans, with stage activities commencing at 3:30 p.m. Saturday.

    Day 2 Results
    Current Rank Day 1 Rank First Name Last Name City State Total fish  Day 1 Weight Day 2 Weight Total Weight
    1 1 Mike Gofron  Antioch IL  10 8.88  9.27  18.15
    2 4 Jimmy Bell  Ham Lake MN  10 8.35  8.81  17.16
    3 3 Jim Peterson  Elk River MN  10 8.51  8.54  17.05
    4 5 Scott Fairbairn Walker  MN  10 8.33  8.14  16.47
    5 12 Gary Gray  Oshkosh WI  10 7.76  8.68  16.44
    6 7 Dan Stier  Pierre  SD  10 8.09  8.23  16.32
    7 2 Tom Backer  Fargo  ND  10 8.66  7.54  16.2
    8 29 Ron Seelhoff  Burlington  CO  10 6.58  9.56  16.14
    9 20 Daryl Christensen  Montello  WI  8 7.14  8.81  15.95
    10 22 Mark Martin  Twin Lake MI  10 7.09  8.58  15.67
    11 16 Mark Brumbaugh  Arcanum OH  10 7.57  8.02  15.59
    12 6 Todd Frank  Pulaski NY  10 8.22  7.23  15.45
    13 24 Will Lage  Rapid City SD  10 7.03  8.26  15.29
    14 23 Keith Kavajecz  Kaukauna  WI  10 7.06  8.13  15.19
    15 26 Les Vietz  Bismarck  ND  10 8.09  15.09
    16 8 Dave Kraft  Bismarck  ND  10 8.07  7.01  15.08
    17 18 Rick Walter  Casper  WY  10 7.46  7.55  15.01
    18 27 Perry Good  Eagan  MN  10 6.9  8.09  14.99
    19 17 Eric Naig  Cylinder  IA  10 7.47  7.36  14.83
    20 14 Ted Takasaki  East Gull lake MN  10 7.65  7.07  14.72
    21 10 Keith Segar  Muskegon  MI  10 7.94  6.74  14.68
    22 9 Gary Parsons  Glidden WI  10 7.94  6.61  14.55
    23 21 John Kolinski  Menasha WI  10 7.12  7.39  14.51
    24 30 Bill St peter Bay City MI  10 6.41  7.71  14.12
    25 13 Dan Plautz  Muskego WI  9 7.74  5.84  13.58
    26 19 Rick Olson  Mina  SD  10 7.21  6.25  13.46
    27 28 James Myszkewicz  Burlington  WI  10 6.58  6.85  13.43
    28 36 Tommy Skarlis  Walker  MN  9 4.96  8.07  13.03
    29 31 Bill Ortiz  Dodgeville  WI  10 6.4  6.27  12.67
    30 37 Norb Wallock  Conover WI  8 4.77  7.17  11.94
    31 34 George Barach  Barryton  MI  9 5.11  6.78  11.89
    32 15 Doug Burns  Estherville  IA  8 7.58  4.29  11.87
    33 32 Dean Miller  Stevens Point WI  9 6.3  5.39  11.69
    34 11 Jeff Taege  Rhinelander  WI  8 7.78  3.82  11.6
    35 39 Mark Broderick  East Bethel MN  7 4.05  6.91  10.96
    36 38 Johnnie Candle  Devils Lake ND  8 4.36  6.15  10.51
    37 41 Tony Puccio  Madison WI  7 2.87  7.12  9.99
    38  33 Pete Harsh  Sauk Centre MN  7 5.52  3.59  9.11
    39  44 Rick LaCourse  Oregon  OH  5 7.8  7.8
    40 43 Dave Hanson  Bemidji MN  5 7.15  7.15
    41 25 Kim Papineau  Escanaba  MI  5 7
    42 35 Mike McClelland Pierre  SD  5 5.04  1.27  6.31
    43 42 Bruce Samson  Cambridge  MN  3 2.38  1.09  3.47
    44 40 Jeff Russell  Grand Haven MI  2 3.11  3.11
    45 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.

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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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