The 2017 NWT season kicked off May 6 & 7 with the Rod Marshall Memorial tournament at Harlan County Reservoir. This was a 2 day combined weight event that was held in conjunction with the Harlan Anglers Walleye Club. 85 teams took advantage of the beautiful weather and fished the event. Catching walleyes on Harlan was not the issue, but finding the over 18” walleyes was a tough task, especially Saturday.
The field was greeted with calm conditions and flat water on Saturday, which made the bite tougher for most teams. The close of day one saw the team of Ben Seim and Scott Willis sitting on top the leaderboard with 4 fish that weighed 15.30 lbs.
Sunday the field was greeted with absolutely opposite conditions with a stiff south wind that really turned on the walleyes. With the bite turned on, teams were able to catch fish with a variety of presentations including live bait, trolling and casting crankbaits, and jig fishing.
When the weigh in concluded the team of Rob Martenson and Greg Meckelburg made a Sunday comeback to take the top spot with a total weight of 25.88 lbs. Martenson and Meckelburg were trolling crankbaits to catch their fish.
Finishing in 2nd place was the team of Bill Kunze and Greg Belgum, with 24.94 lbs of walleye. They were also trolling crankbaits to catch their fish.
3rd place was taken by Caleb Quinn and Travis Fredrick with 24.42 lbs, they were using live bait on the west end of the lake to catch their fish.
In 4th place with 23.6 lbs was the team of Scott Willis and Ben Siem, they were trolling crankbaits to catch their fish.
Rounding out the top five was Randell Horine and Brendon Sinsel with 22.6 lbs. They were also trolling crankbaits to catch their fish.
6th place was Roger Sheckler and Kenney Gewecke who weighed 21.14 lbs of walleye. 7th was Jared Beckman and Josh Beckman with 17.54 lbs. 8th was Jason Hettler and Brandon Shada with 16.86 lbs. 9th was Nate Newcomer and Jim Lindahl with 16.16 lbs and 10th was Chris Lynch and Brian Dittbrener with 15.94 lbs.
Big fish of the tournament was caught by Larry Riggs and Myron Brown and weighed in at 8.65lbs.
Overall, it was great turnout and we would like to thank everyone who fished the event and say a special thanks to the Harlan Anglers Walleye Club for putting it on. For complete results and standings check out the NWT website.
The next event on the Trail is the Shut Up & Fish tournament held at Lake McConaughy on May 20th & 21st. We hope to see everyone there.