2016 Applications are now available
Click here for the official Montana Walleye Circuit Poster!
FRESNO CHALLENGE - May 21-22, 2016 (Sat & Sun)
Fresno Lake - Maximum 100 – person teams - Entry Fee - $250 per Team
TIBER TOURNMANT - JUNE 11-12 2016 (Sat & Sun)
Lake Elwell near Chester, MT - Maximum 125 – person teams - Entry Fee - $250 per Team
CANYON FERRY WALLEYE FESTIVAL - JUNE 25-26, 2016 (Sat & Sun)
Canyon Ferry Lake – Silos - Maximum 150 – 2 person teams
Canyon Ferry River Boundary
FENWICK FALL CLASSIC TOURNMANT - AUGUST 6-7, 2016 (Sat & Sun)
Fort Peck Lake – Crooked Creek - Maximum 75 – person teams - Entry Fee - $250 per Team
Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival News
We are filling up fast so get your applications in! With full field we will be paying out 15 places over all and 25 places per day day money.
Also please note the major change in the lake boundaries that the RIVER IS OUT.
Circuit News update—December 13/2015
Hope this finds everyone busy with preparations for the Holidays. We have been busy trying to get things rolling with our past sponsors this fall and have been in contact with most of them. We have a couple of new sponsors to add, but have unfortunately lost some sponsors as well. Please do your part by making sure that you thank them for their sponsorships of the circuit. Remember that a thank you goes a long ways for goodwill, and listing the sponsors at our events and taking the time to talk about their importance to us cannot be over emphasized! We cannot take those sponsorships for granted!
If at all possible, we hope to have all the sponsorships taken care of before the spring meeting so that the anglers will know what is available to them for circuit participation.
This FWP has the proposed dates for the tournaments and the comment period is open until the 28th of this month. Dave is getting the entry forms ready so they can go into this issue. Even though these entry forms are “tentative” until the official word is received, let’s use them and go forward until/unless we hear otherwise.
Remember that there are some raffles that are going on for the circuit. We have the Fish-em-All, We have the Circuit Electronics Raffle, and we have instituted a Circuit Raffle for a 9 MM Pistol. The first two will be given away at the spring meeting in Bozeman the end of April, and the Pistol Raffle will be given away when the tickets are sold. Please help the circuit by selling some raffle tickets! Please contact Tammy or Don to get some tickets.
Please plan on attending the circuit meeting that will be held in conjuction with the State meeting. If you have any concerns in the mean time you may contact Tammy or Don. Also, please thank these folks who have also stepped up to the plate to help the circuit.
Scott Achilles-Tiber Tournament
Brain Olson-Fresno Tournament
Matt Zeadow—Canyon Ferry Tournament
Tammy/Don/Orrin Pyrah-Fenwick Fall Classic
Bob Hickey—Angler Commiitee
Todd Koessl—Angler Committee
Mike McElvain—Angler Committee
We want to thank all of these folks for doing their part to make the circuit work!
A Message from the New Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival Tournament Director:
Greeting to All our Walleyes Unlimited Members! I wanted to take a moment to introduce myself, Matt Zeadow, as the new Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival Tournament Director. I’m excited to take over our local tournament and look forward to new ideas and changes to improve the CF Walleye Festival. This year we are changing the boundaries to remove the Missouri River above the lake. It’s been a point of contention for many in the past and we felt it would be better to take the issue off the table. More importantly, we are also changing to a daily payout format, while maintaining the top prize of $10,000 for a full field tournament. We’ll be adding in some special prizes and a few surprises to make this one of the premier tournaments in the area. I want to thank Dennis and everyone who has put on this tournament in the past. It takes a lot of time and effort to make it a success. For anyone that would like to help in planning and hosting the Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I’m excited for the upcoming changes and serving as the Tournament Director this year and into the future.
2016 Applications are now available
ROCK CREEK TOURNAMENT - JUNE 4-5 2016 (Sat & Sun)
Fort Peck Reservoir - Maximum 125 - 2 person teams - Entry Fee - $200 per Team
MONTANA GOVERNOR'S CUP WALLEYE TOURNAMENT - July 7, 8 & 9, 2016
Fort Peck, Montana - $95,000 CASH & PRIZES PAYBACK BASED ON 200 TWO PERSON TEAMS 100% PAYBACK!
Visit: www.montanagovcup.com Call: 406.228.2222 - $300/ TEAM ENTRY FEE
HELL CREEK TOURNAMENT - JULY 23-24 2016 (Sat & Sun)
Rules meeting July 22nd – 7:00PM - Fort Peck Reservoir - Maximum 100 - 2 person teams - Entry Fee - $200 per Team
Open Water Tournaments
JERRY JOHNSTON MEMORIAL TOUGH GUY TOURNAMENT - APRIL 16th, 2016 (Sat)
Hell Creek - Fort Peck Reservoir - Entry Fee - $80 per Team
HELL CREEK LADIES TOURNAMENT - June 25th, 2016 (Sat)
Hell Creek - Fort Peck Reservoir - Entry Fee - $100 per Team
BROADWATER ROD AND GUN CLUB WALLEYE DERBY - July 16, 2016
Broadwater Bay - Canyon Ferry Reservoir - Entry Fee - $80 per Team
GLASGOW WOMENS TOURNAMENT - July 30, 2016
Fort Peck - Fort Peck Reservoir - Entry Fee - $80 per Team
JOHN ARNOLD WALLEYE DERBY - August 27th, 2016
Hauser Lake - York Bridge Access Point - Entry Fee - $40 per Team
YELLOWSTONE RIVER Classic - September 17th, 2016
Yellowstone River - Roche Juane Boat Ramp - Entry Fee - $100 per team
Yellowstone Classic Flyer
Ice Fishing Approved Contest
Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks approved a number of ice fishing contests for 2015-2016.
The following ice fishing derbies are approved for the 2014-15 winter season:
Northwestern Montana, Region 1
Dec. 12, 2015 Perch Assault - Smith Lake
Dec. 13, Ice Duels Montana - Smith Lake
Dec. 20, Perch Masters - Lower Stillwater Lake
Dec. 26, Sunriser Lions Smith Lake Family Fishing Derby - Smith Lake
Jan. 23-24, Bull Lake Ice Fishing Derby - Bull Lake
Jan. 30-31, Fisher River Valley Winter Fishing Derby - Thompson Lake, et al
Feb. 1-28, Perch Pounder, 13th Annual - All Region 1 Waterbodies
Feb. 6, Snappy’s Lake Mary Family Derby, 16th Annual – Lake Mary Ronan
Feb. 13, Ryan Wagner Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Murphy Lake
Feb. 13-14, McGregor Lake Annual Fishing Derby - McGregor Lake
Feb. 20, Perch Assault - Middle Thompson Lake
Feb. 21, Ice Duels Montana - Echo Lake
Feb. 27, Canyon Kids Christmas Fund Derby - Lion Lake
March 5, Perch Assault - Lake Mary Ronan
March 12-13, Bitterroot Bash, 5th Annual - Bitterroot Lake
South-central Montana, Region 3
Jan. 17, Hebgen Lake NAIFC Qualifier - Hebgen Lake
Jan. 30, Stan Shafer Memorial Ice Fishing Derby - Clark Canyon Reservoir
North-central Montana, Region 4
Jan. 2, Scheels Ice Fishing Derby - Wadsworth Pond
Jan. 23, Western Bar Ice Fishing Derby - Willow Creek Reservoir
Jan. 23-24, Broadwater Lions Club Perch Derby - Canyon Ferry Reservoir
Northeastern Montana, Region 6
Jan. 30, Murph's 10th Annual Memorial Ice Fishing Tournament - Nelson Reservoir
Jan. 30-31, Fresno Ice Derby, 5th Annual - Fresno Reservoir
Feb. 20, 19th Annual Glasgow Chamber Ice Fishing Derby - Fort Peck/Marina Bay
Feb. 20, Hell Creek Ice Fishing Tournament - Fort Peck/Hell Creek Bay
Participants must comply with state fishing regulations, including daily and possession limits. Some contests require catch-and-release fishing and participants in these contests may not keep any fish. Contact information for each contest can be found at FWP's website at fwp.mt.gov. Click on "Fishing", then "Fishing Contests."
2016 Tournament Results
Congratulations to all participants in the 2016 HellCreek Tournament. Below are your top 5 finishers.
1st - B. McElvain and B. Rose - 53.24 lbs
2nd - R. McNary and J. Papineau - 42.32 lbs
3rd - T. Roth and J. Obergfell - 42.09 lbs
4th - W. Ross and O. Wilcox - 41.44 lbs
5th - C. Thomas and J. Mundel - 38.06 lbs
Click here for complete results! For full Tournament story please go to Tournaments/Results.
Fenwick Fall Classic
Fenwick Fall Classic—Fish Tales and Website
The Fenwick Fall Classic was held on August 6 and August 7 at the Crooked Creek Marina. Thanks are due to Destry and Beth for their excellent hospitality and meals for the event! Thanks also go to the Crooked Creek Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, for the outstanding volunteer effort supporting the tournament. There was an outstanding turnout of teams that entered this year’s Fall Classic, that included 10 Adult/Child teams, 5 Mixed Couples teams, and 33 Adult Teams.
We want to thank our outstanding local support of sponsorships for the event as well. Chapter sponsorships came from the Crooked Creek Chapter, Flathead Chapter, Malta Chapter, and the Billings Chapter. Those generous sponsorships helped cover the expenses needed to hold the tournament. Thanks to all of your chapters!
Other sponsorships for this year’s Fenwick Fall Classic included: Fenwick, Judith Mountain Meats, Don’s, Midtown Market 2, Mike McElvain-State Farm Insurance, Rocky Mountain Rain Gutters, Thad’s Tackle Shop, Intermountain Distributing, Pourman’s Café, 4G’s Tire and Repair, Basin Electric-LLC, Mid-State Signs, Tammi’s Travel, Lewistown News-Argus, Crooked Creek Marina, GS Oil, Tire Rama, ASAT/Trophy Blend Scents, Ace Hardware, Sport Center, Deer Creek Dental, Bohemian Corner Café, and Lewistown Sports.
Thanks also go to the sponsors of the Montana Walleye Circuit for their support this year as well. Listed below are the results.
First Place Overall Adult Team—Ray Cole and Steve Thomas carded 51.5 pounds for the two days! In addition to purse money, they received two Aetos Fenwick Rods from Pure Fishing, top towing GMC from Tilleman Motors of Havre, and the Mack’s Lures award.
Second Place Overall Adult Team—Wayne Wilcox and Rob Seymour carded 41.71 pounds during the event. In addition to purse money, they received two Fenwick Elite Tech Rods from Pure Fishing, top Ranger award from One Way Marine, and the top towing Chevy from Pierce Chevy in Ronan.
Third Place Overall Adult Team—Luckie Bethel and Steve Kincaid carded 40.94 pounds during the event. In addition to purse money, they received two Fenwick Elite Tech Rods from Pure Fishing, top Lund award from Townsend Marine, top towing Ram from Snowy Mountain Motors in Lewistown, and two Fenwick HMG Rods for catching the biggest walleye of the weekend weighing in at 31.25”. They also received a Pfleuger Rod combo from the Sport Center in Lewistown for the largest Northern Pike of the weekend which measured 41.25”. As the angler with the most “seasons” in the tournament, Luckie also received the dinosaur award which included a plaque from K2 Laserworks of Billings, and a trolling rod and boat bag from Scheel’s.
Fourth Place Overall Adult Team—Cody Eisenbarth and Jacob Bernhardt teamed up and caught 37.78 pounds during the event. In addition to purse money, they received two Fenwick HMG Rods.
Fifth Place overall Adult Team—Randy Redfern and Kevin Anthony scored 37.32 pounds during the two day event. In addition to purse money, they received two Fenwick HMG Rods.
6th Place--Dave and Randy Snyder—35.22 pounds. They received the top Crestliner award sponsored by One Way Marine and Western Trailer and Marine in Havre.
7th Place—Mike and Bobby McElvain—35.08 pounds
8th Place—Bob Hickey and Jason Mundel—34.14 pounds
9th Place—Kennie Williams and Travis Scott—29.65 pounds
First Place Overall Mixed Couples—Ron and Phen Clausnitzer scored 21.64 pounds over the two day event. They received two Okuma trolling rods and jacket from Thad’s Tackle shop in Olney, a rod and boat bag from Scheel’s and plaques from Tri-County Countertops of Townsend.
Second Place Overall Mixed Couples—Wendi Ross and Justin Bechtold scored 19.41 pounds during the event. They also received plaques from Tri-County Countertops of Townsend.
Third Place Overall Mixed Couples—Eric and Dayle Stahl scored 18.06 pounds during the event.
Fenwick sponsored the Adult Child Division and provided additional purse money for that division. A local anonymous donor paid the entry fees for the child participant in each of those ten teams. Our local chapter supports youth fishing and appreciates these outstanding sponsorships.
First Place Overall Adult/Child—Shane and Aldon Fuchs caught 27.62 pounds. They also placed 10th overall during the tournament. In addition to purse money sponsored by Fenwick, they received money from Bob and Patti Hickey, plaques from Gordy and Tanya Matson, and a rod and boat bag from Scheel’s.
Second Place Overall Adult/Child—Bill Seidl and Julie McElvain caught 25.54 pounds. They received the A to Z tires Cool Under Pressure award moving 23 places from day one to day two. They also placed 12th overall during the tournament.
Third Place Overall Adult Child—Andy and Tim Rose caught 24.47 pounds during the event.
Other mentions: The” Traveler Award” sponsored by Town Pump went to Rocky Wenzel. The “Town Pump Pays” award went to Dustin Flack.
Angler Bags were provided to the anglers and were sponsored by: Mike McElvain-State Farm Insurance, Rocky Mountain Seamless Rain gutters—Andy and Sam Rose, Crooked Creek Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, Northland Tackle, Kit’s Tackle, Mack’s Lures, and Snappy’s Sport Senter.
We are looking forward to another great Fenwick Fall Classic on Fort Peck Lake next year!!
Click here for complete results!
Top 100 Montana Circuit Anglers
Listed below are the top 10 Montana Circuit Anglers after three tournaments have been completed. A complete update will be posted later after Fall Classic results are updated.
2016 Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival
Congratulations to all participants in the 2016 Townsend Area Chamber of Commerce Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival. Below are your top 5 finishers.
1st - Ty Hinderager and Matt Fisher - 46.14 lbs
2nd - Jake Monroe and Jeff Ingram - 40.84 lbs
3rd - Whit Rush and Kris Kellar - 32.70 lbs
4th - Jim Gillespie and Jim Muscat - 30.50 lbs
5th - Jason Mundel and Bob Hickey - 30.42 lbs
Click here for complete results!
2016 Tiber Results
Congratulations to all participants in the 2016 Tiber Tournament. Below are your top 5 finishers
1st - Roger Terwilliger and Matt Zeadow - 44.72 lbs
2nd - Leonard McNee and kevin Hassell - 30.14 lbs
3rd - Ray Cole and Steve Thomas - 28.68 lbs
4th - Jason Mundel and Bob Hickey - 27.22 lbs
5th - Chad and Scott Sundstrom - 25.66 lbs
Click here for complete results!
TIBER TOURNAMENT 2016 by Scott Achilles
The 2016 Tiber Tournament was held June 11th and 12th on beautiful Tiber Reservoir 10 miles south of Chester Montana. Mother Nature provided some entertainment Friday evening for the rules meeting with a torrential down pour and lightning show. We moved to the pavilion where we awarded free entries to all four adult/child teams. Townsend Marine sponsored three teams and Great Falls Walleye Unlimited picked up the tab on the Fourth. What a great way to get things going! A big thanks to Brian at Townsend Marine, and Great Falls Walleyes for sponsoring this. I think this is a HUGE deal.
The thunderstorms finally cleared about 6:20am Saturday and the takeoff went smooth. When everyone was done fishing, the talk off the camp was the big Day 1 weight from Roger Terwilleger and Matt Zeadow of 34.64 lbs. Included in their weight was the day 1 big walleye which was 31.75”/13.02lbs. The closest team to them was Kennie Williams and Travis Scott with 19.22 lbs. Tim Drier and Bob Jenson had the big northern for the day at 33.75”.
Day 2 brought clearer weather but a little slower fishing for most. The team of Chad and Scott Sundstrom were able to bring in the best weight of Day 2 at 19.07lbs. The big walleye of Day 2 was 32.75”/14.37lbs. caught by the team of James Corne and Jerry Baracker.
When everything was settled, Roger Terwilleger and Matt Zeadow held on to win the tournament with and overall weight of 44.72lbs. Taking home over $5500.00 in cash and prizes for their efforts. 2nd place was Leonard McNee and Kevin Hassell with 30.14lbs. Third place-Ray Coleand Steve Thomas, Fourth place-Jason Mundel and Bob Hickey, and rounding out the top five in fifth place was Chad and Scott Sundstrom.
Overall there were some very impressive weights and some very large fish caught. It speaks volumes about the fishery we have here at Tiber. 44.72 pounds in a June tournament is quite a feat. Congratulations to Roger and Matt!
I would like to thank all the sponsors of the Tiber Tournament. With their generous donations we are able to continue this 100% payback tournament. They are as follows: Great Falls Walleyes Unlimited, Townsend Marine, Max Stone Marble and Granite, Wallace Marine, Kenetrek Boots, Eagle Beverage/Bud Light, Superior Tire, Cascade Machine, Dick Headley, RU’s Tiber Marina, Tackle with Love, and the Grand Bar.
And a big thanks to all of the volunteers: Co-Director Ray Cole, Cherie and Katie Achilles, Cody, Terry, and Tracy Eisenbarth, Debbie and Rona Debolt, Claudia Lum, Bim Johnson, Darren Raney, Steve Thomas, Dennis Hanson. Circuit Directors and Scoring: Don and Tammy Pyrah.
The weigh boats. Without them, none of this is possible:
Conrad and Mary Langendorf with Russ McNee(22years!)
Gary Lum with Parker Johnson and Kennie Smith(2 years)
Don Pyrah with Stan Benes and Craig Clouatre(2 years)
Jody Marx with Dan Berner(1st Year)
Finally, thanks to all the anglers for participating in this event. I really appreciate your patience as we try to make this event better every year. Your sportsmanship is truly remarkable and makes my job easy. Tell all your friends and we will see you at Tiber 2017!
2016 Rock Creek Results
Congratulations to all participants in the 2016 Rock Creek . Below are your top 5 finishers
1st - Norman Sillerud and JR Rasmusan - 41.92 lbs
2nd - Todd Dooley and Sam Syth - 39.44 lbs
3rd - Rick and Colton Justice - 36.95 lbs
4th - Gary Cayko and Brandon Babb - 36.82 lbs
5th - Jamie Atkinson and Ron Laroche - 28.75 lbs
Click here for complete results!
2016 Rock Creek Recap by Steve Harada
The 2016 Rock Creek Walleye Tourney was held the first weekend in June. 96 Teams from across Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming gathered for two glorious days of 80 degree temps with light and variable winds. The fishing was great but catching was a bit tough for most anglers to put together two consistent days. Forty mile an hour winds stirred up the big reservoir on Friday and may have stirred up some of the patterns that folks pre-fishing had working earlier in the week.
The phenomenal fishing team of Norm Sillerud and JR Rasmusan from Glasgow were able to put together two solid days and won the tourney. This perennial duo are no strangers to the winner’s circle and continue to show their fishing prowess. Norm & JR are three time winners of this event with wins in 2006 and 2013, as well! Second place honors went out to Todd Dooley and Sam Syth of Sidney who were leading after day one with 27 pounds and were able to salvage a respectable 12.44 pounds on Day two to capture the Runner Up award with 39.44 pounds. Third place honors went out to a father/son team, Rick “Mingo” Justice from Dagmar and Colton Justice from Medicine Lake. These two big fish magnets also captured the big walleye award for both Saturday & Sunday with a 14.03 pound hog on day one and followed up with a 13+ pounder on Sunday. The team Justice had a total of 36.95 pounds.
The adult/child completion was captured by Bobby McElvain and Breydon Rose from Billings and Huntley with a 25th place finish. These young guns ended up with a very respectable 18.36 pounds and look to be a couple of anglers for years to come. The legacy of walleye fishing is in great hands with these fine young men. The mixed couple award was captured by Traci and Steve Harada from Wolf Point who finished 10th overall and 24.66 pounds. Traci caught all the fish but yours truly didn’t knock any off with the net.
Cool under pressure award went to Audie Simpson from Saco and Paul Dull from Hinsdale who advanced the most number of places from day 1 to day 2. Big Northern of the tourney was a 43 inch monster caught by brothers Justin and Jason Bechtold of Willard MT.
Rock Creek Marina did a great job hosting the event and Dennis & Sherry Young and all the patrol boat volunteers did a phenomenal job as always, taking care of the anglers and the fish. Our official scorekeeper Lee Ann Loucks continues to do an awesome job and keep us on track. Thanks to all of the volunteer staff and the other folks who helped with the cards and scoreboard! Congratulations to all of the top finishers and thanks to all of our sponsors. Our major sponsors for this year’s event were Budweiser, Nemont Beverage, Wolf Point Agalnd Co-Op, Wolf Point Walleyes, Big Sky Fire/Joe Moline, Rock Creek Marina, YETI coolers, Main Street Grocery and Bretz RV & Marine. Also a big thanks to all the anglers who fished the event and made it a great and friendly competition.
Fresno Challenge Tournament
Congratulations to all participants in the 2016 Fresno Challenge. Below are your top 5 finishers
1st - Phil and Kim Kumm - 26.11 lbs
2nd - Darrell Archey and Bob Sherer - 21.02 lbs
3rd - Destry Harris and Lucky Bethel - 16.72 lbs
4th - Shane Pursley and Pat Reardon - 16.53 lbs
5th - Tom and Roxanne Tubbs - 16.48 lbs
Click here for complete results!
2015 Tournament Results
2014 Tournament Results
2013 Tournament Results
2012 Tournament Results
2011 Tournament Results
Montana Circuit - Angler
Of The Year
Montana Circuit - Adult Child
Montana Circuit - Mixed Couple
Fort Peck Champs
Canyon Ferry Festival
2016 Fishing Tournament Applications
2016 Applications will be available Mid January
Montana Walleye Circuit Tournament Applications
FRESNO CHALLENGE - Fresno - May 21-22
TIBER TOURNMANT - Lake Elwell - June 11-12
CANYON FERRY WALLEYE FESTIVAL - Canyon Ferry - June 25-26
Canyon Ferry River Boundary
FENWICK FALL CLASSIC TOURNMANT - Crooked Creek - August 6-7
Fort Peck Challenge Tournament Applications
ROCK CREEK TOURNAMENT - Fort Peck - June 4-5
MONTANA GOVERNOR'S CUP WALLEYE TOURNAMENT - Fort Peck - July 7-9
HELL CREEK TOURNAMENT - Fort Peck - July 23-24
Other Tournament Applications
JERRY JOHNSTON MEMORIAL TOUGH GUY TOURNAMENT - Fort Peck - April 16th
HELL CREEK LADIES TOURNAMENT - Hell Creek - June 25th
BROADWATER ROD AND GUN CLUB WALLEYE DERBY - Canyon Ferry - July 16th
GLASGOW WOMENS TOURNAMENT - Fort Peck - July 30th
JOHN ARNOLD WALLEYE DERBY - Hauser Lake - August 27th
YELLOWSTONE RIVER CLASSIC - Roche Juane Boat Ramp - September 17th