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Lake Pepin
Lake City Minnesota
September 12+13 1998
Last update 09-16-98


Barry Grieve and Brent Rothgarn of Lake City,Minn.,won  Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) Team Walleye Tournament held September 12-13 on Lake Pepin (Mississippi River) at Lake City, Minn.  The tourney was the final stop of the 1998 circuit season.The winners weighed a MWC allowable ten fish limit of 33.82 lbs. and collected $13,000.  The top 35 teams shared a cash purse of $52,000.  An additional $4,200 was paid in Big Fish Pot prize money, bringing the total payout to $56,200.Grieve/Rothgarn led after the first day with 21.92 lbs.  They added 11.90 lbs. the final day, which was enough to squeak out victory over second place finishers, Steve Delain (Red Wing, Minn.) and Tim O’Neill (Minden, Iowa) who tallied 33.70 lbs., earning them $7,500.  Third place with 29.14 lbs., worth $5,000, were Glenn Farrell (Ottawa, Ill.) and Dennis Robinson (Tomahawk, Wis.). According to Grieve, “Saturday was a good day.  We caught a lot of fish, but things really slowed down today [Sun.].  We only had two fish in the livewell at 1 o’clock, and the weigh-in was at 2:30.  We got lucky and boated three more fish.” Rothgarn added, “We fished three spots upriver from Lake Pepin.  We did some jigging with minnows, but mostly trolled leech rigs.  Most of the fish came between four to nine feet deep.”  Delain/O’Neill trolled firetiger-colored crankbaits along the rip-rap shoreline in the Point-No-Point area.  They used lead core line with a six foot Berkley FireLine 14 lb. test leader.Farrell/Robinson took their fish trolling below the Red Wing dam, 12 to 14 feet deep, with 3-way rigs consisting of a 1 oz. bell sinker and a floating jig head tipped with a nightcrawler.  Big fish honors, a $1,000 Mariner Outboards rebate certificate and a MotorGuide electric trolling motor, went to Tom Walters (Campbellsport, Wis.) for his 8.64 lb. walleye.  He and partner Andy Schmidt (Malone, Wis.) placed 14th with 25.26 lbs., winning $900. Only 14 of the 200 team field failed to weigh fish.  A total of 1,216 walleyes and saugers, weighing 2,554 lbs. (2.10 average) were caught in the MWC catch and release format.  The MWC Conservation Fund, the only fund of its kind in professional angling, donated $3,000 to the Lake City, Minn. area DNR fisheries office.  The grant will be used for an ongoing walleye telemetry study taking place on pool 4 of the Mississippi River.  To date, the MWC Conservation Fund has donated over $192,000 to fishery related projects in states where MWC tournaments are held. The 1999 MWC brochure, containing entry forms for next year’s tournaments, will be mailed to current MWC members this fall.  Brochures will also be available from the MWC at 3137 W. Hilltop Ln., Franklin, Wis. 53132-9119, or by calling 414-761-0657.  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 $188,000 to fisheries programs in states where MWC tournaments are held.
1998 Sponsors


Rank 1st Partner City State 2nd Partner City State Lbs Winnings
1 Barry Grieve Lake City Minnesota Brent Rothgram Lake City Minnesota 33.82 $13,000
2 Steve Delain Red Wing Minnesota Tim O'Neill Minden Iowa 33.70 $7,500
3 Glenn Farrell Ottawa Illinois Denniss Robinson Tomahawk Wisconsin 29.14 $5,000
4 Tim Dick Lake City Minnesota Dale Sogla Lake City Minnesota 28.46 $3,500
5 Mel Reichling Watertown South Dakota Rick Small Waterown South Dakota 28.44 $2,500
6 Brad Laabs Detroit Lakes Minnesota Greg Vandermark Rochester Minnesota 28.14 $1,500
7 John Hertenscheimer Victoria Minnesota Scott Reigelman Red Wing Minnesota 28.00 $1,350
8 Jerry Ernat Princeton Illinois Gary Gunderson Rochester Minnesota 27.46 $1,250
9 Jeff Larson Oronoco Minnesota Randy Lerum 27.34 $1,150
10 Gary Jacobsen Kingsford Michigan Larry Luthardt Kingsford Michigan 27.28 $1,000
11 Randy Stevens Rochester Minnesota Rob Stevens Rochester Minnesota 27.04 $900
12 Dennis Brindle Manitowoc Wisconsin Jay Brindle Manitowoc Wisconsin 26.60 $900
13 Tom Hoinacki Waupun Wisconsin Bill Reabe Eau Claire Wisconsin 25.70 $900
14 Andy Schmidt Malone Wisconsin Tom Walters Campbelsport Wisconsin 25.26 $900
15 Bill Leonard Estherville Iowa Wayne Stensrud Madison Minnesota 25.20 $900
16 Ken Brauman Oshkosh Wisconsin Michael O'Brien Oshkosh Wisconsin 24.88 $700
17 Dominic Culjan Ottawa Illinois Mark O'Connell Ottawa Illinois 24.70 $700
18 Ronnie Meyer Red Wing Minnesota Chuck Witze Red Wing Minnesota 24.64 $700
19 John May Forestville Iowa Patrick Neu Forestville Wisconsin 24.64 $700
20 Richard Nascak Winona Minnesota Joe Wilson Winona Minnesota 24.60 $700
21 Scott Albrecht Findley Minnesota Randy Palmen Rockford Illinois 23.20 $500
22 Nel Hammargreen Waterloo Iowa Doug Newhoff Waterloo Iowa 22.96 $500
23 Nick Johnson Elmwood Wisconsin Dan Kern Bay City Wisconsin 22.68 $500
24 Tom Albrecht Sr. Findley Minnesota Rick Strange Blaine Minnesota 22.42 $500
25 Scott Carlson Hastings Minnesota Tim Carlson Red Wing Minnesota 22.28 $500
26 Dick Schelfenbein Sheboygan Wisconsin Irene Schelfenbein Sheboygan Wisconsin 22.16 $400
27 Tim Kujawa Clear Lake Minnesota Troy Lentner Big Lake Minnesota 22.10 $400
28 Rod DeClark Kingsford Michigan Brandon Rouse Kingsford Michigan 21.76 $400
29 Gary Falkowski Franklin Wisconsin George Wlordinowski Orland Park Illinois 21.32 $400
30 Jeff Adams Eagle Wisconsin Brad West Palmyra Wisconsin 21.16 $400
31 Paul Read Putnam Illinois Sue Read Putnam Illinois 20.88 $350
32 Chris Gassar Random Lake Wisconsin Gina Gassar Random Lake Wisconsin 20.66 $350
33 Mike Glynn Dubuque Iowa Mary Schmerbach Dubuque Iowa 20.66 $350
34 Larry Allison Muskegon Michigan Randy Bandstra Muskegon Michigan 20.46 $350
35 Steve Fields Rochester Minnesota Tim Fields Rochester Minnesota 20.24 $350


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