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Russell, KS Welcomes Great Plains Championship
of Walleye Fishing Teams
By Steve Weisman
Gander Mountain GNWC Publicity Director
The first ever Great Plains Championship of Walleye
Fishing will be held
at Wilson Lake (reservoir) in Kansas on August 14-15. It will feature
top teams on the Great Plains Region of the Gander Mountain Grand National
Walleye Cup (GNWC). At stake will be a guaranteed $2000 for first place
trophies, and with bonus opportunities the winners could take home
Leading the way will be the Great Plains Region
Team of the Year Ted
Webster from Hutchinson, KS and Robert Riddick from Wakefield, KS.
to Gander Mountain GNWC Executive Director Bernie Barringer, "We have
excellent teams representing both Kansas and Nebraska in this Great
shootout. Webster and Riddick walked away with the regular season honors,
but everybody starts even as we begin this two-day Great Plains
Although the tournament competition begins on Saturday,
August 14, the
activities for the Great Plains teams actually begins on Friday evening
the Championship banquet. "I'm impressed with the way the Russell County
Convention and Visitor's Bureau, along with the entire community of
has rolled out the red carpet for these teams." The banquet dinner
held at the Log Cabin Inn on Hwy 40 West and is sponsored by the Russell
County Convention and Visitor's Bureau.
The Great Plains Championship competition will be
at Boat Ramp Cove at
the Hell Creek Recreation area. Saturday's action begins at 7 a.m.
opening ceremonies and take-off. Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m.
"We hope to have a good crowd at each day's weigh-in.
It is a great way
for the public to be part of the excitement generated by these teams
compete for the Great Plains Championship title," noted Barringer.
"Weigh-ins begin at 3 p.m. each day. The first day will be a day of
positioning, but the second day will be for all the marbles. Plus,
second day, we will get answers from the top teams as to where and
caught their fish."
With its 9,040 acres, Wilson Lake is known for its
clean and often times
clear water conditions. According to fisheries biologists, late July
the fishing to be up and down with some success coming from anglers
deeper water. "Pre-fishing will be very important to the success of
teams. Their goal will be to find different areas and a variety of
presentations that will work, because when you have a two-day tournament
like this, you have to be able to adapt with the changing situations,"
For those anglers making the trip to Wilson Lake,
Gordon Gorton, station
manager for KRSL, the local radio station, suggests checking out their
website (www.krsl.com) for the latest weather conditions and forecasts.
Gorton, an avid angler himself, also noted, "The teams need to prepare
both south and north winds. The lake is surrounded by rolling hills
sandstone bluffs. With all of the canyons and draws, the wind has quite
effect and actually channels down through these canyons."
Gorton also noted that the teams will find that
Wilson Lake holds an
excellent walleye population. "They need to know, though, that there
abundance of walleyes just under the 15" minimum length limit, so if
are using live bait, they will go through a lot of bait. Although there
big fish in the lake, the predominant keeper taken will most likely
the 15-17 inch range."
Along with the tournament action, the Walleye Wisdom
will be on hand filming footage of the Great Plains Championship, for
popular 13-week television program Walleye Wisdom which airs on the
Sportsman Channel, Fox Sports and several regional outlets. "Our goal
showcase the successes of our walleye teams, share the techniques that
GNWC teams used to catch their fish and to finally give fishing hints
will help our viewers become better walleye anglers themselves," said
Special awards will be give out at the Championships
Berkley Big Fish Award of $400 in Berkley product for the team that
the largest walleye during the two-day Championships. In addition,
optional Big Fish Pot will go to the team catching the overall big
during the Championships.
Next, will be the $200 Gander Mountain Shopping
Spree. A drawing will
be held of teams who do not weigh a fish, and the winner will be able
spend the $200 on gear of their choice at any Gander Mountain Store.
teams weigh fish, all will be entered in the drawing.
YoNet Folding Nets by AMFYOYO will offer the Yo
So Close Award of an $80
folding net to the three teams finishing just out of the money.
The VIB"E" Lure Company will sponsor the VIB"E"
Lure award of two
six-piece lure sets valued at $40 to the two teams who finish behind
So Close award. Lure sets will also be given away as door prizes at
TowTector, maker of the premium boat protector for
towing vehicles, will
offer the Towtector Comeback Award of a Towtector Shield valued at
the team advancing the most places from day one to day two.
Skeeter Boats is offering any owner of a Skeeter
boat who wins the Great
Plains Regional Championship while fishing in the Skeeter an additional
$1000 above their GNWC winnings.
Aqua Innovations will give an additional $250 to
any team who wins the
Great Plains Championship if their boat's livewell is equipped with
Innovations oxygen enhancement system. Plus they will be awarding systems
the anglers as door prizes at the Championship banquet.
Those interested in checking out the standings,
reading the releases
about any of the eight regions or simply learning more about the circuit
access the Gander Mountain GNWC website at www.walleyecup.com.
Title Sponsor for the GNWC is Gander Mountain. Other
sponsors include Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, the Sportsman Channel,
Berkley, Aqua Innovations, YoNet Folding Nets by AMFYOYO, VIB"E" Lure
Company, TowTector Shield and UpNorthOutdoors.com.