Msg 1 Posted: 08:25 AM 05/06/10 (CST)
The 4th Annual Catch & Release Sturgeon Tournament at Sportsmans Lodge ended with another successful turnout once again. Fishing for these prehistoric monsters has really become popular on the Rainy River in the past few years. It was a full tournament with 50 boats and 128 people participating. The DNR permit allowed 50 boats and a 1.2 mile radius of water right out in front of Sportsmans Lodge to Wheelers Point. The two day event started with a rules meeting on Thursday, fishing all day Friday and Saturday and and an award banquet on Saturday night to wrap it all up. Entertainment, food, drinks and lodging were all enjoyed by participants at the Sportsmans Lodge just north of Baudette, MN.|
Over a hundred sturgeons were caught and released in this small area during the two day event. The tournament entry fee was just $65 per person which also included a prime rib banquet dinner. Cash and gifts totaling over $4,500 were given out during the two days. The longest two sturgeons of each day received $1,450 each in cash, 2nd place $620 each in cash, 3rd place received a custom fishing rod, Gifts were awarded for the longest eelpout, bullhead, sucker, best boat and a Bonehead award was also awarded to the participant with the least finesse.
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Day 1 Winners
1st - Scott Steinbring, Warroad MN 57.5 inch Sturgeon
2nd - Todd Powassin, Warroad, MN 57.25 inch Sturgeon
3rd - Rick Semon, Bemidji, MN 54 inch Sturgeon
Day 2 Winners
1st Dustin Hoen from Young America, MN with a 60.5 inch Sturgeon
2nd /3rd Was a three way tie with a 59 inch Sturgeon
Dustin Hoen again from Young America, MN
Bill Gunderson from Nashwauk, MN
Rob Ritter from Grand Rapids, MN
The prize money for 2nd place was split three ways and a the Custom Rod was won by a draw.
Longest Eelpout Mike Verdeja, St Paul, MN with a 15 inch
Longest Bullhead Todd Powassin, Warroad, MN with a 12.5 inch
Longest Sucker Paul Thompson, Hallock, MN with a 21.25 inch
Best Boat was The Rutherfords from Bovey & Pengilly, MN with their Duck Blind Boat
Bonehead Award went to Steve Beaver Omdahl from East Grand Forks, MN who maybe would have a sturgeon in the running but he forgot his NET!! Ouch! Better luck next time.
We look forward to next year April 29 & 30, 2011. If you thinking about trying your luck, it is a good idea to get your reservation in now as the tournament only has 50 boat entries available and this year was a full tournament! Call Sportsmans Lodge for more information at 800-862-8602 or log on to www.sportsmanslodges.com to book your stay. Sturgeon season goes thru May 15 and then takes a rest until July, spring tends to be the best time of year so come on up and try your luck until another year is in the books.