From the fantastic weather to the turnout of over 2,100 anglers, the 37th Annual Walleye Weekend was an awesome kick-off to Walleye Season in the Iowa Great Lakes Area. Individuals of varying ages and 17 different states got to experience the beautiful Lakes area. This year we had anglers from Delaware to Florida and even California participating in the annual fishing tournament. We would like to congratulate and thank everyone who was involved in the efforts that went into the weekend.
Thank you to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Dickinson County Cattlemen, Fareway, Hy-Vee, Great Lakes Marine, CC Screen Printing, John Grosvenor, and the Dickinson County Fairgrounds for contributing to another successful year as well as KUOO, KICD, MC22, Dickinson County News, Lakes News Shopper, and Okoboji Tourism for their promotions of the event.
Thank you to all registration points, bait shops and weigh-in stations that we are fortunate enough to work with including Fisherman’s Factory Outlet, Great Lakes Marine, Kabele’s Trading Post, Oh Shuck’s Bait and Tackle, and Stan’s Bait and Tackle.
Thank you to the Chamber members who sponsored this year’s t-shirts and posters. These businesses include: Barefoot Bar, Fisherman’s Factory Outlet, Great Lakes Marine, GrapeTree Medical Staffing, Kuhlman Lake Service & Welding, Mediacom, Northwest Bank, Okoboji Motorsports, Pure Fishing, Stan’s Bait Shop, Stauss Realty, Tri-State Litho, Walker Insurance, and Walmart.
Thank you to Pure Fishing for generously donating over $3,500 in prizes for our 1st, 2nd, and 3rdplace winners in the heaviest fish categories. Thank you as well to the Chamber members who donated a variety of items to the prize packages given out at the Awards Luncheon.
Thank you to the dedicated Iowa Navy Commodores and all other volunteers for their time spent registering participants late into the night on Friday and additional help at the Awards Luncheon on Sunday.
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2019 Walleye Weekend Heaviest Fish Winners:
Heaviest Northern Pike:
1st Place – Dylan Gaudineer of Bondurant, IA (11.72lbs)
2nd Place – Bill Huse of Milford, IA (8.36lbs)
3rd Place – Ryan Sabin of Spencer, IA (8.28lbs)
Heaviest Stringer of Bullhead:
1st Place – Berklee Carpenter of Sioux City, IA (13.03lbs)
2nd Place – Bob Lampe of Spirit Lake, IA (12.03lbs)
3rd Place – Dylan Mouw of Sheldon, IA (11.84lbs)
Heaviest Stringer of Panfish:
1st Place – Danny James Salmon of Jackson, MN (6.89lbs)
2nd Place – Barry Anderson of Milford, IA (6.62lbs)
3rd Place – Dean Weydert of West Bend, IA (5.26lbs)
Heaviest Stringer of Walleye:
1st Place – Steve Nevens of Rushmore, MN (4.90lbs)
2nd Place – Cody Christians of Spirit Lake, IA (4.89lbs)
3rd Place – Will Mulder of Worthington, MN (4.80)