Tournaments

MT Circuit

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Ready, Set, Go: Its tournament time!

Don Pyrah, Montana Walleye Circuit co-director

The Crooked Creek Walleye Classic is the first tournament of the season for the Montana Walleye Circuit. It will be held on May 5 and 6 at the Crooked Creek Marina on Fort Peck. I would not be surprised to see that tournament field filled (75 teams) well before the tournament. Get your entries in soon or you will miss out. Fishing was awesome last year and it could be like that again this year!

The second tournament will be the Fresno challenge, and thanks to some incredible snow pack, I am pretty sure that Fresno is going to be full this spring. Brian Olson was concerned about enough water early but I think that worry no longer exists! That tournament will be held on May 19 and 20 and is limited to 100 teams.

Don’t forget that you will need to enter the Dual Dandy to have a chance at the $1000 guaranteed payout for the combined Walleye weights for both Fresno and Tiber. It’s a $15 per person entry fee and you will need to send them directly to Tammy. There is a separate entry form for the Dual Dandy in either the January issue of Fish Tales or on the Walleyes Unlimited of Montana web site.

Lake Elwell is the host for the third tournament of the season—the Tiber tournament. That event will be held on June 9 and 10. We anticipate the field being full with 100 teams competing.

The Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival, a sunrise tournament, will round out the Montana Walleye Circuit and it will be held on Canyon Ferry reservoir on June 23 and 24. The field is limited to 150 teams and I expect it to fill this year as well. There will be a great deal of anticipation, as Tammy announces the year end results for the circuit at the conclusion of Sunday. It will be great!

We appreciate continued support from our sponsors. We appreciate our long term and new supporters as well. We have some amazing sponsorships this year! We are very proud to announce that we have received over $10,000 in additional sponsorship monies from our sponsors this year and it will be apparent not only at each of the four tournaments but also for the yearend payouts. Make sure that you don’t miss out on some yearend awards by staying home when you should be fishing ALL of the tournaments!!

Boat sponsors: Townsend Marine(Lund), Western Trailer and Marine(Crestliner), One Way Marine (Ranger)
Motor sponsor: Mercury
Tire sponsor: A to Z Tire
Fuel sponsor: Town Pump
Battery sponsor: Interstate Battery Systems of the Yellowstone
Truck sponsors: Broadwater Ford, Snowy Mountain Ram, Rimrock GMC
Cooler sponsor: Engel Coolers
RV sponsor: D and D RV

Awards sponsors: K2 Laserworks, Tri County Countertops, Bob and Patti Hickey, Matson Excavation, Pourman’s Café, Townsend Marine

Rod and Tackle sponsors: Fenwick, Kit’s Tackle, Northland Tackle, Mack’s Lures, Snappy’s Sport Senter, Scheels-Billings and Great Falls

Clothing/Miscellaneous sponsors: North 40 Outfitters, Huk Performance Fishing, Don’s, Ma’s Loma Cafe

Largest Walleye Caught and Released: Montana Walleye Circuit, Three Rivers Taxidermy, Midtown Market II

Please show your support to these valued sponsors of the Montana Walleye Circuit. We appreciate their support for our efforts!

Enter Dual Dandy Directly!

If you are interested in the Dual Dandy cash pot, entries are to go through Tammy and the Circuit this year. Both Brain and Ray agreed that they would like the circuit to manage that money—SO, CONTACT TAMMY TO ENTER @ 366-0898!

Tournament dates should be approved by the time that you receive the Fish Tales issue which will have the entry forms!

Please allow me to bring some clarity to the confusion that occurred when FWP released the proposed dates. When tournament applications were made for the four existing tournaments within the Montana Walleye Circuit, there was an attempt to exchange dates between Canyon Ferry and Tiber. When FWP released the proposed dates, it listed both Canyon Ferry and Tiber on the same weekend. A few quick phone calls resulted in both of those tournaments going back to their historical dates to deconflict the tournament schedule. Here’s how we got there—fishing tournament rules preclude contests not only on the same weekend, but on consecutive weekends as well. In the case of the conflict on Canyon Ferry, there is a carp tournament that occurs on the June 9 date that was applied for by tournament directors Shawn Jacobs and Joe Bushilla.

A proposed tournament on Holter Lake was also denied, but an appeal to that decision is in the process. It is unknown whether a timely decision, if favorable, will be made in time to allow the tournament to be held in the current year. On another note, the Upper Missouri River Fisheries Management Plan will begin the process of review and rewriting in 2018. I would encourage anglers to participate in the process of review and comment. Please take the time to be involved! Enough said.

We are in the process of renewing agreements with our current sponsors for the coming circuit season. We have “inked the deal” with a cooler company as a new sponsor, and are working hard to get Chevrolet and GMC back this year as well. If you can be of some help towards either of those dealerships, please let us know. Also, we tried to get a sponsorship from Optima batteries, but unfortunately were turned down. We continue to work for benefit of both the sponsors and anglers. We look forward to seeing all of you this spring and will hold our spring circuit meeting following the WUM annual meeting in the morning on April 21. Being involved is how we make progress!! Please plan to attend the WUM state banquet and awards presentation in Helena on April 21 as well.

And don’t forget to follow us on Facebook! We will now be posting pictures as well on Instagram! (montanawalleye)

As always, we work for you, and the door is always open. Thanks—Tammy and Don Pyrah

New this year Montana Walleye Circuit will be handling the DUAL DANDY payout. Guaranteed $1000 payout. $15 entry fee per person or $30 for a team. Must enter ON FRIDAY NIGHT of Fresno or BEFORE

Dual Dandy Application

FP Circuit

2018 applications are now available.


Other Tournaments

TOUGH GUY TOURNAMENT
April 21st 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Applications dues by 7:00pm April 20th
Hell Creek
Entry Fee - $80 per Team
TOUGH GUY APPLICATION 2018

BROADWATER ROD AND GUN CLUB
July 14th
Canyon Ferry Reservoir
$80/Team
BROADWATER ROD AND GUN CLUB 2018

25TH ANNUAL LADIES WALLEYE TOURNAMENT
June 23rd
Hell Creek - Fort Peck
$100/Team
LADIES WALLEYE TOURNAMENT 2018

GLASGOW WOMENS TOURNAMENT
July 21st
Fort Peck Reservoir
$80/Team
GLASGOW WOMENS APPLICATION 2018

JOHN ARNOLD DERBY
August 25th
Hauser Lake
$40/Team
JOHN ARNOLD APPLICATION 2018

Applications

2018 Fishing Tournament Applications

MONTANA WALLEYE CIRCUIT
New this year Montana Walleye Circuit will be handling the DUAL DANDY payout. Guaranteed $1000 payout. $15 entry fee per person or $30 for a team. Must enter ON FRIDAY NIGHT of Fresno or BEFORE
Dual Dandy Application

TIBER TOURNAMENT
June 9-10 (Sat & Sun)
Lake Elwell near Chester, MT
Maximum 100 – 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $200 per Team
TIBER APPLICATION 2018

FRESNO CHALLENGE
May 19-20 (Sat & Sun)
Fresno Lake
Maximum 100 – 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $250 per Team
FRESNO APPLICATION 2018

CANYON FERRY WALLEYE FESTIVAL
JUNE 23-24 (Sat & Sun)
Canyon Ferry Lake – Silos
Maximum 150 – 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $300 per Team
CANYON FERRY APPLICATION 2018

CROOKED CREEK WALLEYE CLASSIC
MAY 5-6 (Sat & Sun)
Fort Peck Lake – Crooked Creek Marina
Maximum 75 – 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $300 per Team
CROOKED CREEK APPLICATION 2018



FORT PECK WALLEYE CIRCUIT
ROCK CREEK TOURNAMENT
JUNE 2-3 (Sat & Sun)
Fort Peck Reservoir
Maximum 125 - 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $200 per Team
ROCK CREEK APPLICATION 2018

MONTANA GOVERNORS CUP
Tournament July 12-14 (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
Fort Peck, Montana
Maximum 200 - 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $200 per Team
MT GOV CUP APPLICATION 2018

HELL CREEK TOURNAMENT
JULY 28-29 (Sat & Sun)
Rules meeting July 20th – 7:00PM
Fort Peck Reservoir
Maximum 100 - 2 person teams
Entry Fee - $200 per Team
HELL CREEK APPLICATION 2018



OTHER MONTANA WALLEYE TOURNAMENTS
TOUGH GUY TOURNAMENT
April 21st 8:00AM - 4:00PM
Applications dues by 7:00pm April 20th
Hell Creek
Entry Fee - $80 per Team
TOUGH GUY APPLICATION 2018

BROADWATER ROD AND GUN CLUB
July 14th
Canyon Ferry Reservior
$80/Team
BROADWATER ROD AND GUN CLUB 2018

GLASGOW WOMENS TOURNAMENT
July 21st
Fort Peck Reservoir
$80/Team
GLASGOW WOMENS APPLICATION 2018

JOHN ARNOLD DERBY
August 25th
Hauser Lake
$40/Team
JOHN ARNOLD APPLICATION 2018