Riverhurst   Although the Saskatchewan Walleye Trail has no tournaments on the Father's Day weekend most of our members are by no means staying home and mowing the grass,  they are out fishing other tournaments and doing quite well.

The annual Riverhurst Walleye Tournament (this year was their 23rd) has long been one of my favorites and if I ever cut down to only a couple of tournaments a year this will be one I continue to fish.  With about a 20 mile portion of Lake Diefenbaker within the boundaries there are more bays, points, underwater humps and flats that you can't come close to prefishing it all in a couple of days and with all this structure there are always surprises and many isolated areas to find your fish. 

The fishing was good during prefish but finding big fish was a challenge.  I fished this tournament with my daughter Carlene and in the picture she is holding one of the bigger fish (3 lbs.) we caught on Friday.  This is the first tournament we fished together and I had a great time despite only being able to put 3 fish in the well on day 1, but they were good enough to put us into ~ 23rd spot on day one.  This is a popular tournament with a full field of 105 teams so we were happy with this day one placing.  I look forward to fishing my next tournament with Carlene and we are hoping to improve our placing.

My good friend and long time SWT angler Terry Ewanchyna fished with his brother Jerry and won the tournament with an amazing lead of 12.95 lbs.  Terry asked if they could just take 10 lbs off their weight and use it next year, I believe the request was declined.

Terry started prefishing on Wednesday and put together two reliable patterns, one for big fish and another for good quality slots that enabled him to achieve their decisive win.  On day one they weighed in 17.50 lbs which included the 5.05 lb big fish of the day.  This is small for the biggest fish of the day even by Riverhurst standards.  This weight gave them a 2.95 lb lead over 2nd place Mark Cote and his son and provided good breathing room heading out on day two.

Sunday, day two, started with more hospitable weather and Terry thought if they could weigh 12 lbs that would most likely be enough to keep them in the number one spot.  Turns out 8 lbs would have been sufficient.  They headed out to their big fish spot and quickly boated a couple of slots (bonus) but Terry later admitted to me he was getting a bit jittery and wasn't sure how long to hold out for the right bite.  The right bite came along at about 10:30 AM, when the hook was set the fish went on a strong 50 yard run causing them to think they had probably hooked into a big pike.  The fish turned out to be 10.7 lb walleye which clinched both the win and the biggest day two and biggest tournament fish for them.  They then moved to their number 2 location and pattern and proceeded to top up their weight to 20.80 lbs for the day.

The Riverhurst entry fee is only $200 so the 1st place prize at $5000 is lower than some tournaments but by catching the big fish of the tournament both days Terry and Jerry won both big fish pools and since Terry runs a Ranger boat they were also awarded a $1000 contingency prize from Ranger Boats.  This put their total winnings at almost $8000 plus some merchandise awards.  Not bad at all for a $200 entry.

Second place was awarded to Dave Baldwin and S. Kurenoff with 25.35 lbs., Dave was just breaking in his new Lund Pro V so I am sure he is very happy with his new ride.  Mark Cote and his son held third at 24.70 lbs.  I don't have a list of the final weights but here are pictures of the scoreboards that I took with my cell phone. 

Complete Riverhurst results now available.

  Fort Qu'Appelle AYA     While many of our members were away fishing tournaments, Bob Schlosser and Kevin Hollerbaum stayed home to run the Lund 2013 Fort Qu'Appelle AYA Tournament.  The winners was Darryl Callaghan fishing with Ethan and Evan Callaghan.  In addition to the prizes they won on Sunday they will also be able to complete in the AYA tournament held at Lake of the Woods, August 24.  Click here to view the final weights and placings.  Special thanks to Kevin, Bob and Lunds boats for putting on this excellent event.  
  Lesser Slave Lake     Last but definitely not least many of our members also ventured out to Lesser Slave Lake to compete in the Canadian Tire Anglers Cup. This tournament was slated to run Friday and Saturday but strong winds forced the tournament to be postponed and it was fished Saturday and Sunday.

I don't have many details or weights for this event but I do know that SWT angler Xavier Perez was fishing with his son Daniel and they had a strong day one weight which took them to victory and the $50,000 first place.  Second place went to another very successful SWT angler, Brian Oestreicher and his son Justin.

Congratulations to all the SWT anglers fishing tournaments this past Father's Day Weekend.


Look forward to seeing you all at Sask. Landing.