Written by Darla Downs
Pictured are Matt Poole, Kyle Vine and Colby Tognetti, Chuck Patterson and Steve Gorm, and Doug Quast and Cody Martinez. (Photos by Darla Downs)
Mother Nature cooperated with last weekend’s Rock Creek Walleye Tournament, giving anglers near-perfect fishing weather for the two-day tournament.
With just a breeze blowing across the water and temperatures that reached the mid-70s, 71 two-person teams hit the water Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, to match wits against the wily walleye of Fort Peck Reservoir in a quest for prize money.
Cody Martinez and Doug Quast, both of Billings, took first place with 41.52 pounds of walleye, followed by Randy Murie of Alexander, N.D., and William “Buzzy” Redfield of Sidney took second with 38.48 pounds.
Glasgow anglers JR Rasmusan and Norm Sillerud took third with 38.04 pounds of walleye. Luke Sundby of Williston, N.D., and Jake Hazenbiler of Belle Fourche, S.D., took fourth place with 36.7 pounds of walleye.
Tanner Pronto of Harlem and Gene Pronto of Wolf Point took fifth place with 35.84 pounds of walleye. In sixth place were Scott Woodward and Kim Knudson of Glendive with 34.82 pounds.
Rounding out the top 10 were Wolf Point anglers Paul Wemmer and Ted Toavs, eighth, 33.52; Shawn Hooks and Eric Jaeger, ninth, 33.5; and Matt Poole and Pete Bertram, 10th, 32.24.
Top adult/child team was Matt and Blake Cowen of Billings with 33.94 pounds, putting them in seventh place overall.
Top mixed couple team was Carl and Cathy Seil-stad of Roy, with 29.18 pounds of walleye which gave them 15th place overall.
Troy and Jamie Egge took 20th place and were second place for mixed couple with 26.46 pounds of walleye. They also won the Cool Under Pressure.
New this year was the Wild West Wee Walleye Award, sponsored by the Wolf Point Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, which earned $250 for the team with the smallest walleye under 10 inches weighed each day. Saturday, Martinez and Quast took the Wee Walleye prize money with a 7-inch walleye. Colby Tognetti of Bismarck, N.D., and Kyle Vine of Vida won Wee Walleye Award on Sunday with their 7-inch walleye.