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Big Stone Lake Ortonville Minnesota
May 15-16, 1998

ORTONVILLE, MINN. – Scott Allar (Welch, Minn.) and Tom Diercks (Hager City, Wis.) collected their first Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) win at Big Stone Lake in Ortonville, Minn. last year by weighing a ten fish MWC limit totaling 32.52 lbs. The team is looking to repeat their success May 16-17 at the /Wille Products MWC Team Tournament. They’ll face stiff competition from the remaining 199 teams, which include the reigning MWC Team of the Year, Iowans Chad Kinkade and Tommy Skarlis. At last year’s Big Stone tourney, Allar and Diercks fished the Shady Beach area of the lake, trolling crawfish-colored crank baits  tied to 18 lb. test lead core line with a 30 foot  FireLine 14-6 leader in 16 feet of water. Big Stone Lake (headwaters of the Minnesota River) is located in west central Minnesota and borders Milbank, So. Dak. Though somewhat shallow, having a maximum depth of 16 feet, the lake has one of the highest walleye populations per acre in the state. Its 26 mile length encompasses nearly 13,000 surface acres and contains more than 30 fish species. According to tournament director Sonny Arndt, ”We’ve had a normal winter and spring, so the walleyes should be chomping by tournament time.” A variety of presentations will catch Big Stone’s walleyes. The Big Stone winners in 1996, Kinkade-Skarlis, trolled Shadling lures near the surface from in-line planer boards. Most of their fish were caught from the lake’s north end in five feet of water. The lures were set 30 feet behind the boards, with their Ranger 690 boat moving in an "S" pattem at 3 mph. The fish struck when the boards changed direction, which also changes the speed of the lures. Casting  crank baits  amongst the many rocks found along Big Stone's shoreline is another favorite tournament technique, as is the use of Thill slip-bobber rigs baited with nightcrawlers, leeches or minnows. Two of the favorite crankbait colors anglers use are firetiger and blue/chrome. Toumament teams will be competing for $52,000 in prize money, with $13,000 going to the winners. Weigh-ins will take place in Ortonville's Lakeside Park beginning at 3:00 p.m. May 16th and 2:30 p.m. May 17th. The public is invited to attend-admission is free. All MWC tournaments are catch and release. For further information, contact Sonny Arndt, Big Stone Lake Area Tourism Association, 436 S. Minnesota St., Ortonville, Minn. 56278, tel. 320-839-3306, or the MWC, 3137 W. Hilltop Ln., Franklin, Wis. 53132, tel. 414-761-0657. Big Stone Lake will also be the site of the MWC World Walleye Championship' set for May 28-29-30. The top 50 point accumulating teams who fished the circuit last year will compete for more than $73,000 and the coveted title of World Walleye Champions. The MWC is a nonprofit corporation which conducts a series of professionally operated fishing tournaments at which family participation and conservation of fishery resources are stressed. To date the MWC Conservation Fund, the only fund of its kind in professional fishing, has contributed more than $183,000 to fisheries programs in states where MWC tournaments are held. MWC means walleye conservation . MWC sponsors are Berkley Trilene, Lindy Little Joe, Mariner Outboards, MotorGuide, North American Fishing ClubllVorth American Fisherman, Quantum, Ranger Boats and Wille Products.FRANKLIN, WIS.   Big Stone Lake at Ortonville, Minn. will be the site where 100 of North Arnerica's finest professional walleye anglers will compete for the coveted title of Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) World Walleye Champions. This fishing spectacular will take place May 28-29-30, highlighted by indoor weigh-ins at Ortonville's Lakeside Park. The public is invited to attend, including the ProlAm event on May 27th; admissvw is free. The Championship field consists of the top 50 point accumulating teams who competed on the MWC last year. (1,000 teams fished the MWC in 1997). Championship qualifiers will vie for a $73,000 purse, with $20,000 being awarded the World Champions. All of the teams share in the prize money, which is funded by the MWC sponsors. No entry fees are paid by the contestants. A Pro/Am event (May 27th) will precede the Championship competition. An amateur angler will be assigned to each of the 50 teams, providing them the thrill of tournament fishing with one of the top pro-walleye teams in North America. There's a $100 fee to fish the Pro/Am. Interested anglers should contact the Big Stone Lake Area Tourism Association/Big Stone Lake Chamber of Cornmerce, ten BOQ- 568-5722 or 320-839-3284. Heading the Championship field are the reigning MWC Team of the Year, Chad Kinkade (Cedar Falls, lowa) and Tommy Skarlis (Waterloo, lowa), For further information, contact the MWC, 3137 W. Hilltop Ln., Franklin, Wl 53132-9119, tel. 414-761-0657.The MWC is a nonprofit corporation which conducts a series of professionally run fishing tournaments at which family participation and conservation of fishery resources are stressed. MWC sponsors


ORTONVILLE, MINN. -- Father and son, Jim and Bob Schommer of Fond du Lac, Wis., won the Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC)  /  Team Tournament held May 16-17 on Big Stone Lake at Ortonville, Minn.The circuit veterans weighed a ten fish limit totaling 39.98 lbs., earning their first MWC win and $13,000.  They also pocketed $1,000 in big fish prize money, bringing their total tourney winnings to $14,000.The winners fished rocky mid-lake points with slip bobber rigs. According to Bob, "We used plain hooks and chartreuse-colored jigs tipped with leeches or large minnows.  The key to our presentation was the 4 lb. test Berkley FireLine we fished with.  It's super sensitive and very strong."Dad Jim added, "We caught about 40 walleyes over 21 inches on Saturday.  I had to take a rest because of recent shoulder surgery.  The bite was slower on Sunday; our last fish came at 2:30 p.m., just before the weigh-in started."Second place and $7,500 went to Brent Hasslen (Ortonville, Minn.) and Ritchie Seidell (Big Stone City, So. Dak.) with 29.18 lbs.  They fished the north end of the lake, casting firetiger-colored crankbaits along the shoreline in two feet of water.Brothers Mark and Tom Keenan (Appleton and Hatley, Wis.) took third place, 28.91 lbs., worth $5,000.  They trolled perch-colored crankbaits in the lake's deeper sections.A total of 824 walleyes weighing 1,991 lbs. were caught by the 200 team field in the MWC catch and release format.  Average fish weight was 2.42 lbs.  Only 14 teams failed to weigh a legal 15 inch fish.The top 35 teams shared the $52,000 cash purse.  An additional $5,500 was paid out in big fish prizes.  Dan Bodinger, Chilton, Wis., was awarded a $1,000 Mariner Outboards rebate and a MotorGuide electric trolling motor for the tourney's largest walleye, 9.31 lbs.  He teamed with Larry Propson, also of Chilton.  They finished fifth with 28.01 lbs., netting $2,500.The MWC World Walleye Championship, featuring indoor weigh-ins, will also take place on Big Stone Lake May 28-29-30.  The top 50 point accumulating teams from the 1997 MWC season will be competing for $73,000 in prize money.A Pro/Am event is scheduled for May 27th.  An amateur angler will be paired with each Championship team, providing them the thrill of tournament fishing.  Interested fishermen should contact Sonja Pinkert at the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce, tel. 1-800-568-5722 or 320-839-3284 for more information.The next regular circuit stop is the North American Fishing Club MWC Team Tournament, August 1-2, on Little Bay de Noc at Gladstone, Mich.  Openings still exist.  For more information, contact the MWC at 414-761-0657 or the Delta County (Mich.) Chamber of Commerce, 906-786-2192.The MWC is a nonprofit corporation which conducts a series of professionally run fishing tournaments at which family participation and conservation of fishery resources are stressed. MEDIA NOTE:  If you wish to attend the MWC World Walleye Championship, fish the Pro/Am event or desire dailyChampionship results, contact Sonja Pinkert at the Big Stone Lake Chamber of Commerce, tel. 1-800-568-5722 or  320-839-3284.

Place    1st Partner                 City                  State     2nd Partner             City                   State     Lbs.     Winnings
1           Bob Schommer          Fond du Lac     WI     Jim Schommer      Fond du Lac         WI     39.98         $13,000
2           Brent Hasslen           Ortonville          MN    Ritchie Seidell     Big Stone City       SD     29.18             7,500
3           Mark Keenan            Appleton           WI     Tom Keenan        Hatley                    WI     28.91             5,000
4           Bill Bommersbach  Wahpeton            ND     Craig Erickson    Wahpeton              ND    28.68            3,500
5           Dan Bodinger             Chilton              WI     Larry Propson      Chilton                  WI     28.01            2,500
6           John Kolinski, Jr.     Menasha            WI     Blane Poulson     Dousman               WI     25.11           1,500
7           Carol Chenier           Gladstone            MI     Glenn Chenier      Gladstone              MI     24.97           1,350
8         Scott Strangstalien     Coon Valley       WI    Steve Tauscher     Holmen                 WI     24.88          1,250
9         Wayne Siegfried         Beaver Dam       WI     Salty Walter         Mayville                WI     23.42          1,150
10         Clay Boyum              Sioux Falls           SD     Mike Boyum      Sioux Falls               SD     23.04          1,000
11         Adrian Biewer         Wahpeton            ND     Mark Jean          Wahpeton               ND     22.80            900
12          Jim Gregory          Big Stone City        SD     Todd Kuefler      Big Stone City        SD     22.09            900
13         Dan Anderson         Sioux Falls           SD     Deb Anderson      Sioux Falls            SD     22.06            900
14         Mike Nagel             Battle Lake           MN     Chuck Ross           Battle Lake          MN     21.92            900
15         Todd Oman                Spicer                MN     John Pulsifer     New London           MN     21.90            900
16         Tom Kemos             Pewaukee             WI     Quin Papp          West Allis               WI      21.29            700
17   Joey Christopherson Big Stone City       SD   Daren Mendenwald   New Effington   SD     21.04            700
18     Bill Leonard                 Estherville             IA     Wayne Stensrud         Madison        MN     20.29            700
19     Jerome Jakobson         Spicer                   MN     Curt Olson                  Willmar           MN    19.96            700
20     Gale Mount                 Rochester             MN     Steve Sherry             Rochester        MN     19.65            700
21     John Oakes                 Ortonville              MN     Terry Oakes             Ortonville         MN     19.49            500
22     David Henning, Jr.     Fond du Lac         WI       Gary White            Fond du Lac      WI      19.43            500
23     Randy Schaefer             Madison             SD     Todd Steffensen     Watertown        SD      19.41            500
24     Dave Tellock                 Omro                    WI     Todd Tellock             Omro                WI      18.44            500
25     David Fox                 Brooklyn Center     MN     Terry Sjoberg           Tower              MN      18.08            500
26     Scott Duncan             Spring Grove           IL      Vince Rizzo       Round LakePark       IL       18.01           400
27     Bob Newton                 McFarland            WI     Mike Schnettler     Sartell                 MN      17.93           400
28   Dave Bjorkman                 Fargo                   ND     Ken Bjorkman     Marshfield            WI       17.76          400
29     Jim Carlson                     Escanaba            MI         Steve Towns         Escanaba          MI       17.15          400
30     Kim Papineau                 Escanaba             MI     Glenn Wangerin      Escanaba           MI       17.09          400
31      Marty Mack                  Watertown          SD     Doug Zillman         Watertown          SD        16.19         350
32     Brad Berger                      Plover                 WI     Jim Hughes              Oshkosh            WI        16.10         350
33     Lonnie Fonder                 Milbank              SD     Jim Forrette              Milbank              SD         15.98        350
34     Larry Hanen                       Ghent                MN   Randy Viessman      Marshall            MN        15.84       350           35     Tony Kellin                    Grand Rapids       MN      Eric Olson            New Brighton     MN        15.75        350

                   CASH PAYOUT = $52,000
                   Big Fish Pot (Three daily prizes: $1,000; $900; $850)
               TOTAL CASH PAYOUT = $57,500
Teams Entered:          200
Fish Caught:          824
Weight:                    1,991.19 lbs.

Award - $1,000 Engine Rebate 
Trolling Motor Award  Dan Bodinger, Chilton, Wis. - 9.31 lbs.

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