Green Lake Third Stop for Minnesota Region of GNWC
By Steve Weisman
GNWC Publicity Director
The challenge of Green Lake and its clear water is next for
the teams fishing the Minnesota Region of the Grand National
Walleye Cup (GNWC). Scheduled for Sunday, June 26, the Green
Lake Tournament is the third in a series of four tournaments
concluding with the Minnesota Region Championship on Lake Bemidji
September 10-11. Along with the push toward the Regional Championship,
the top teams are in a battle for the team of the year honors.
The team of Michael Marushin and Jeffrey Clem from Minnetonka,
MN leads in the race for the Minnesota Region's Yamaha Outboards
Team of the Year award with 13 points, followed by the team
of Corey Bohn from Kensington, MN and Jason Overby from Marshall,
MN with 21 points. "Green Lake is a great lake to hold a walleye
tournament," said GNWC Executive Director Bernie Barringer.
"It is a clear, deep lake with tremendous structure. Plus, we
are heading into the part of the schedule when there is a lot
on the line for the teams on the GNWC circuit." Dave Kendall,
who is employed by Mel's Sports Shop, says that the recent May
Fly hatch has moved the walleyes away from the shiner bite to
more of the nightcrawler and leech bite. "Right now the best
bite during the day has been trolling crawlers or leeches in
25-40 feet of water, following the sand grass line, which is
at about 25 feet." By late June, anglers might also be trolling
crankbaits for suspended fish, also. "We have had a similar
weather pattern to last year, and a year ago fishermen caught
suspended fish pulling Rapalas," added Kendall. The tournament
director will have the trailer at Salsbury Park from 6-8 p.m.
the evening before the tournament to take late entries and answer
questions. Take-off is at 7 a.m. with the weigh-in commencing
at 3 p.m. sharp at Salsbury Park. "I encourage the general public
to come to Sunday's weigh-in. There is not a charge, and folks
will get a chance to see what tournament fishing is all about.
Also, we will have a couple of Aqua-Vu underwater cameras set
up in our release tanks so that the public can see how they
work. The audience will also get to hear from the teams and
find out what presentations and tactics worked. The weigh-in
is a great way to learn about taking walleyes on Green Lake,"
added Barringer. For those interested in entering, the entry
fee remains at $210 per team for each tournament. Openings do
still exist for the Green Lake qualifier, and Barringer encourages
interested anglers to contact him at 1-800-890-FISH (3474),
or email the GNWC at firstname.lastname@example.org. "I also encourage
people to check out our website at www.walleyecup.com and see
what the Grand National Walleye Cup is all about," added Barringer.
Major national sponsors for the GNWC include Skeeter Boats,
Yamaha Outboards, Lowrance Electronics, YoNet Folding Nets by
AMFYOYO, Aqua-VU, Aqua Innovations, Cabela's and UpNorthOutdoors.com.
National championship sponsors are Towtector Shield and the
FoodSource Lure Corporation