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Devils Lake Walleye Tournament Number 43 set for June 21-23

ChamberFishing

DEVILS LAKE, N.D. – February 21, 2019 – Anglers are already making plans for the 43rd Annual Devils Lake Walleye Tournament.

This North Dakota community knows how to throw a fishing party.  Dates are June 21-23, 2019.  Many teams return to what they call a “homecoming.”  Some have fished almost since the beginning.

What was happening 43 years ago?  Gas was 59 cents a gallon.  The Apple Computer Company was formed.  The VHS cassette recorder was introduced.  The average cost of a new home was $43,000; the annual average income was $16,000.  Popular TV shows were the Six Million Dollar Man, Kojak, All in the Family and MASH.  Top movies were One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest, All the President’s Men and The Outlaw Josie Wales.

Back to 2019 – the walleye tournament offers a $6,500 guaranteed first place, along with two Airwave Pedestals.  Five teams entering by March 31 will be in a drawing to have their entry fees paid.  If the 125-two-person field is filled by June 14, the Chamber and Tourism Bureau will add an extra $1,500 to the well-run tournament purse.

Even though this is a walleye tournament, the directors have always made it for everyone.

The largest daily walleye pays $500 from Proz End of the Line and Lakeside; largest pike pays $250 daily from NDTC and Horizon Financial Bank; the largest white bass daily pays $250 from Blue Sky Realty and LaMotte’s Paint & Glass; biggest perch is worth $100 daily from Blake’s Marine and Nikolaisen Land Company.  Pooh’s Taxidermy will mount the overall largest walleye and northern pike.

The highest placing mixed couple teams win $250 courtesy of State Farm insurance – Kevin Vistad; the biggest one-day (Klemetsrud’s Plumbing & Heating) weight is worth $250; the Hot Seat giveaway is worth $400 from Slumberland Furniture; Blake’s Marine power-up award is $400; Real Estate 7 awards 7th place $100; Lake Region state college honors 43rd place with a scholarship and nice swag.

Additional payout money has been provided by Devils Lake Tourism, Scheels, Ottertail Power, Holiday Inn Express, Newby’s Ace Hardware, Lake Liquor, BeMobile, Radio Works, Ramsey Bank, Old Main Street Café, and Gerrells Sports Center.

The Day Two Pike Optional Shootout at $50 per team pays first place 50 percent of all entries for three pike; 35 percent for second; and 15 percent for third.  A tournament lunch is provided by Leevers Food, Flatlanders, Farmers Union Oil, Schwan’s Wholesale and Walmart.  Many additional prizes are up for grabs.  Tournament entry fee is $275 per team.  Tournament headquarters is at Grahams Island State Park.  Pro Angler, Educator and Guide Johnnie Candle is tournament emcee.

For more information on the tournament, call the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce at 701.662.4903. You can also download the application at tourism.devilslakend.com.

The devilslakend.com website is loaded with details about the tournament, the area’s motels and resorts, guide services, fish cleaning stations, ice/water conditions, fishing reports, community activities, upcoming events, dining, casino and much more.  Talk to a Devils Lake Tourism representative at 701-662-4903.

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