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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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  • 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 Caps Remarkable Career with
     PWT Championship $100,000 Victory

        Bismarck, North Dakota....To a tremendous 6,000-walleye fan ovation, crowd favorite Mike Gofron walleye fishing pro from Antioch Illinois
    Mike Gofron captured the prestigious $100,000 first prize today.  The Dodge/Mercury Championship in Bismarck brought the "Best-of-the-Best" walleye anglers under one roof.

    The In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) touring pros also cheered Gofron, the Antioch, Illinois, angler who has the most top 10 PWT finishes (24).  This pushes the jigging expert to winnings over $300,000.  

    Northlands Buck Shot Rattle Jig
    Rattle Jig
    Nothland Buck Shot Rattle Rings
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    He fished the Porcupine Creek area, 18 - 22 feet deep, but the key to his success was the Buck-Shot rattling jig he fished vertically.  Tipped with fathead minnows, Gofron was catching five times the fish as other jiggers.
      "Going through numbers and making the right decision about which ones to keep made the difference," he said.  He weighed 27.49 pounds for a new Dodge truck, 20-foot Lund boat, Mercury 200 outboard, Eagle Trailer and $45,000 cash.  He also won a $10,000 bonus from Mercury Outboards.

         The tremendous enthusiasm inside the Bismarck Civic Center became electrifying as the winner of the past two Championships, Ron Seelhoff, Burlington, CO, inched with ounces of his third straight victory.  Seelhoff weighed 26.26 pounds over the three days, and won a $30,000 Lund/Mercury boat package.  He has two firsts, three seconds and a fifth in the last six Championships.  Close behind was Tom Backer, Fargo, ND, with 25.80 pounds.  Bill St Peter was fourth overall and caught a 5.33-pounder, the Bass Pro Shops $800 big fish of the day.  He won a total of $800.  Overall, Daryl Christensen, won $1,000 for a 6.23 pound walleye on day two, the largest of the Championship.

      Governor John Hoeven welcomed the anglers and fans saying, "Its really great to have the PWT pros in our state."  He also noted the special tribute made by the pros each day.  On day two all pros pulled their lines from noon to 12:15 for a period of personal reflection and prayer.

           Special awards went to Bill St Peter, Bay City, MI, for the largest one day catch, 11.16 pounds.  He won $500 as the Storm Heavyweight winner.  For advancing 26 places Ron Seelhoff, Burlington, CO, and Bill St Peter, Bay City, MI tied for the $1,000 Coleman Cool Under Pressure award.  Gofron also won the $1,000 T-H Marine Live Release award.  Of the 591 walleyes weighed, more than 95 percent were released into the Missouri River by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.

      The PWT and sponsor Yamaha All-Terrain Vehicles donated a Big Bear $5,000 ATV to the North Dakota group Lure'em for Life which conducts youth fishing camps.  They also received $1,000 cash from Mid-Continent Communications, the local cable company, which assisted the PWT television show crew.

       Hundreds of youngsters cheered their personal favorites.  Each day 500 kids received the free tackle, free Plano tackle boxes and free Silstar spinning rods and reels.

    A total of $250,000 was distributed to all contestants, raising the total PWT payout to more than $11,000,000 since 1989.  One contestant, Mercury Top Amateur Rich Sidor, Clarendon Hills, IL, qualified and won $4,000 as the top ranking amateur.  Fishing his first "pro" tournament, he said after the final day, "Now I know why the pros sit on the right side of the boat."

         The contestants praised the quality and quantity of walleyes on the river and the upper reaches of Lake Oahe.  Even though they could only keep five walleyes, with one over 18 inches, two-thirds of the pros landed limits everyday.

    Day 3 Final Rankings
    Final Day Rank
    Day 2 Rank
    Day 1 Rank
    First Name
    Last Name
    Day 1 Weight
    Day 2 Weight
    Day 3 Weight
    Total Fish
    Total Weight 
    1 1 1 Mike Gofron  Antioch IL  8.88  9.27  9.34  15  18.15  $100,000 
    2 8 28 Ron Seelhoff  Burlington  CO 6.58  9.56  10.12  15  16.14  $30,000 
    3 7 2 Tom Backer  Fargo  ND  8.66  7.54  9.6  15  16.2  $7,000 
    4 24 30 Bill St Peter Bay City MI  6.41  7.71  11.16  15  14.12  $5,000 
    5 10 22 Mark Martin  Twin Lake MI  7.09  8.58  9.57  15  15.67  $4,200 
    6 5 12 Gary Gray  Oshkosh WI  7.76  8.68  8.58  15  16.44  $4,000 
    7 6 7 Dan Stier  Pierre  SD  8.09  8.23  8.49  15  16.32  $3,600 
    8 9 20 Daryl Christensen  Montello  WI  7.14  8.81  8.53  13  15.95  $3,000 
    9 3 3 Jim Peterson  Elk MN  8.51  8.54  7.3  15  17.05  $2,600 
    10 2 4 Jimmy Bell  Ham Lake MN  8.35  8.81  7.13  15  17.16  $2,100 
    11 18 27 Perry Good  Eagan  MN  6.90  8.09  9.03  15  14.99  $1,500 
    12 4 5 Scott Fairbairn Walker  MN  8.33  8.14  7.54  15  16.47  $1,400 
    13 11 16 Mark Brumbaugh  Arcanum OH  7.57  8.02  8.31  15  15.59 $1,200 
    14 17 18 Rick Walter  Casper  WY  7.46  7.55  8.45  15  15.01  $1,200 
    15 19 17 Eric Naig  Cylinder  IA  7.47  7.36  8.55  15  14.83  $1,200 
    16 13 24 Will Lage  Rapid City SD  7.03  8.26  8.06  15  15.29  $1,100 
    17 14 23 Keith Kavajecz  Kaukauna  WI  7.06  8.13  7.92  15  15.19  $1,100 
    18 23 21 John Kolinski  Menasha WI  7.12  7.39  8.45  15  14.51  $1,100 
    19 16 8 Dave Kraft  Bismarck  ND  8.07  7.01  7.59  15  15.08  $1,100 
    20 22 9 Gary Parsons  Glidden WI  7.94  6.61  8.1  15  14.55  $1,100 
    21 20 14 Ted Takasaki  East Gull Lake MN  7.65  7.07  7.74  15  14.72  $750 
    22 15 25 Les Vietz  Bismarck  ND  7.00  8.09  6.87  15  15.09  $750 
    23 31 34 George Barach  Barryton  MI  5.11  6.78  10.03  14  11.89  $750 
    24 25 13 Dan Plautz  Muskego WI  7.74  5.84  7.69  14  13.58  $750 
    25 26 19 Rick Olson  Mina  SD  7.21  6.25  6.71  15  13.46  $750 
    26 27 28 James Myszkewicz Burlington  WI  6.58  6.85  6.7  15  13.43  $750 
    27 29 31 Bill Ortiz  Dodgeville  WI  6.40  6.27  7.04  15  12.67  $750 
    28 32 15 Doug Burns  Estherville  IA  7.58  4.29  7.51  13  11.87  $750 
    29 30 37 Norb Wallock  Conover WI  4.77  7.17  7.34  13  11.94  $750 
    30 21 9 Keith Segar  Muskegon  MI  7.94  6.74  4.48  13  14.68  $750 
    31 34 11 Jeff Taege  Rhinelander  WI  7.78  3.82  7.44  13  11.6  $600 
    32 12 6 Todd Frank  Pulaski NY  8.22  7.23  3.38  12  15.45  $600 
    33 28 36 Tommy Skarlis  Walker  MN  4.96  8.07  5.71  13  13.03  $600 
    34 33 32 Dean Miller  Stevens WI  6.30  5.39  6.4  13  11.69  $600 
    35 36 38 Johnnie Candle  Devils Lake ND  4.36  6.15  7.54  13  10.51  $600 
    36 35 39 Mark Broderick  East Bethel MN  4.05  6.91  6.25  12  10.96  $600 
    37 41 25 Kim Papineau  Escanaba  MI  7.00  7.91  10  $600 
    38 37 41 Tony Puccio  Madison WI  2.87  7.12  4.68  11  9.99  $600 
    39 40 43 Dave Hanson  Bemidji MN  0.00  7.15  7.43  10  7.15  $600 
    40 39 43 Rick LaCourse  Oregon  OH  0.00  7.8  6.38  10  7.8  $600 
    41 42 35 Mike McClelland Pierre  SD  5.04  1.27  5.37  6.31  $600 
    42 44 40 Jeff Russell  Grand Haven MI  3.11  7.85  3.11  $600 
    43 43 42 Bruce Samson  Cambridge  MN  2.38  1.09  6.86  3.47  $600 
    44 38 33 Pete Harsh  Sauk Centre MN  5.52  3.59  .96  9.11 $600 
    45 45 43 Rich Sidor*  Clarendon Hills IL  0.00  4.09  $600

    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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    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
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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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