Outdoors blog: Range anglers take win $10,000 in walleye contest
By: Sam Cook, Duluth News Tribune
Range anglers win $10,000 in walleye contest
By a mere three-hundredths of a pound, Zach Dagel of Coleraine and Dave LaCoe of Chisholm took the $10,000 first prize at the fifth annual City Auto Glass Walleye Classic held May 22-23 on Lake Vermilion.
Dagel and LaCoe caught six walleyes that weighed a total of 6.60 pounds, which tells you how tough the fishing was. Second place went to past champions Chad Hinrichs of Angora and Scott Hinrichs of Virginia, with 6.57 pounds of walleye. That was the closest finish in the contest’s history, according to Red Lowen of City Auto Glass.
Here are other top finishers:
3. Russ Dahl and Gary Savela, Mountain Iron, 6.37 pounds.
4. Ted Bielecki and Bill Hendricks, Nashwauk, 4.92 pounds.
A total of 62 teams competed in the tournament, with headquarters at Fortune Bay marina. How tough was the bite? Thirty teams were unable to weigh a single fish. Overall, only 80 walleyes were caught.
Proceeds from the tournament benefit the Kiwanis Club, which uses the funds for scholarships and other youth programs.