2019 results will be posted as they are completed. For past years results please visit the Tournament Archive from the menu drop down list.

2019 Montana Walleye Circuit Wrap-up

By Tammy and Don Pyrah

The 2019 Montana Walleye Circuit is now history and it was a great year. We are working hard for our current sponsors and looking for some more great sponsors for next year! Overall, most sponsorship support goes to each of the 4 individual circuit tournaments which provide benefits to the greatest number of participants and the greatest exposure and promotion for our sponsors.

We had 642 individuals’ fish in at least one if not more of the circuit events this past year! The break down on those was 257 Adult Teams, 34 Mixed Couples Teams, and 28 Adult/Child Teams. We continue our efforts with more sponsorship support for the Mixed Couples and Adult/Child divisions. We continue to target additional sponsors for those divisions which we feel are vital to the future of tournament angling.

The Montana Walleye Circuit Facebook page continues to be a huge success and our following has grown to over individuals. We have grown to routinely have in excess of 15000 visits per month! We provided links to sponsor websites or sponsor FACEBOOK pages at least three times during the circuit season. Messaging through FACEBOOK has become a preferred method of contact for many individual communications. Be sure and see us on FACEBOOK soon!

We continue further venture into social media with Instagram and FACEBOOK live videos. We will continue to improve our multi-media outreach efforts this coming year as well.

The Circuit held 4 events in 2019:
Crooked Creek Walleye Classic-May 4/5
Tiber Tournament-May 18/19
Fresno Tournament-June 8/9
Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival-June 22/23

A Montana Walleye Circuit meeting was held in Great Falls on August 24, 2019 and 4 tournaments will again be scheduled again in the 2020 MWC season—Crooked Creek, Fresno, Tiber, and Canyon Ferry. Pending approval some dates may change. Stay tuned!

The 2019 Circuit Awards for Angler of the Year, Team of the Year, Top Lund, Top Adult/Child Teams, Top Mixed Couple Teams, etc. will be presented at the Walleyes Unlimited State meeting in Glendive this coming spring. Please stay tuned for the banquet information.

Angler of the Year –Travis Scott and Kennie Williams finished first this year with 292.49 points (Mercury/Lund/Chevy). Second place finish went to Bob Hickey and Jason Mundel with 276.09 points (Mercury/Lund/Ram). Third Place went to Steve Kincaid and Justin Baumgartner with 269.16 points (Mercury/Lund/Ram). All will be presented year end awards at the Montana Walleyes Unlimited annual meeting and banquet in the spring of 2020.

Top Lund Team of the Year – Travis Scott and Kennie Williams will also receive the Top Lund Team of the Year for 2019.

Iron Team Award—Travis Scott and Kennie Williams will also receive the Iron Team Award for having the highest point total for all four tournaments.

Top Adult/Child Team –First Place went to Scott and Hunter Collinsworth 178.586 (Mercury/Warrior/Chevy). Second Place went to Ziek Gordon and Owen Wilcox 177.427 (Evinrude/Ranger/Ford). Third place went to Jeff and Bradley Fields 156.107 (Mercury/Ranger/GMC).

Top Mixed Couple Team – Tom and Roxanne Tubbs placed first 189.210 (Mercury/Lund/Chevy). Dewey and Tessa Vogl placed second with 167.422 (Mercury/Lund/Ford). Kif and Kamae Meier placed third 132.740 (Mercury/Lund/Chevy). .

Largest Walleye Caught and Released Award – We will be giving away two replicas this year as we had two 33.25” fish caught and released this year. Terry Eisenbarth and Mike DeBolt caught one at Crooked Creek, and the other was caught at Canyon Ferry by Cody Nagel and Lance Breen.

We are excited to be working for the sponsors and anglers for the Montana Walleye Circuit for 2020! We would like your feedback regarding the Montana Walleye Circuit. We also appreciate the Tournament Directors and the Angler Committee that has stepped up to help out with the circuit for 2020. Steve Chivilicek-Fresno, Ray Cole-Tiber, Shawn Jacobs-Canyon Ferry, Slim Craig and Rick Mallo-Crooked Creek Walleye Classic, Steve Kincaid-Angler Committee, Kif Meier-Angler Committee, Jeff Ingram-Angler Committee. We are still searching for additional anglers willing to help us manage the circuit.

Thanks to all the anglers, sponsors, and supporters of the Montana Walleye Circuit!

Montana Walleye Circuit Full Article and list of all sponsors
2019 Montana Walleye Circuit Angler of the Year – Final
2019 Montana Walleye Circuit Adult Child – Final
2019 Montana Walleye Circuit Mixed Couple – Final

2019 Fort Peck WUM Series Championship Wrap-up

By Steve Harada

Kris and Cody

Kris Keller from Wolf Point wins the Ft Peck Championship Series after an outstanding year on the water, with second place finishes at Rock Creek with Whit Rush and also a runner up spot at the MT Governor’s Cup with Cody Strom. Keller and Strohm were a mere .04 pounds from the winning weight of the Governor’s Cup posted by Matt Poole and Adam Morehouse both of Glasgow who had 70.04 pounds, WOW! Winning the Team of the Year championship was Ken Schmidt of Glasgow and Mark Jones from Billings who started the season by winning Rock Creek and finishing eighth out of 200 teams in the Gov Cup, they also had an awesome year on Ft Peck. Schmidt and Jones also finished tied for second and third for the Angler of the Year awards. Keller and Strom finished in second place for Team of the Year honors. Third place Team of the Year goes out to father/son team of Matt and Blake Cowen of Billings who also won the Adult/Child division.

Jones and Shmidt

Second place Adult/Child goes to young guns Zeik Gordon from Belgrade and Owen Wilcox from Laurel. Another father/son team, Scott and Hunter Collinsworth captured third place honors with a very solid year.

The mixed/couple award goes to Sam and Andy Rose from Huntley and 2019 is the second year in a row they’ve nailed down this award. Carly and Whit Rush, also from Wolf Point, came in second place in this group. Both these teams are husband & wife teams. Jere and Cierra Loudon, grandfather & granddaughter team from Circle finished in third place.

Matt and Blake

Brody Killen from Angela, MT & Taylor Kennedy from Miles City caught the largest walleye caught and released by a qualifying team (fishing two or more tourneys together) with a 12.06# walleye caught at the Rock Creek Walleye tournament. Congratulations to all of the top finishers and the awards will be given out at the state banquet next spring.

Thanks to all of the sponsors for Championship Series – D & G Sports & Western, The Gateway Club, Fort Peck Marina, Reynolds, Lakeridge Lodging & Baitshop, Babb’s Mon-Dak Marine, Hi-Line Ford, Git-n-Go, J & M Distributing, Paul’s Glass, Steve’s Bail Bonds, Wolf Point Walleyes Unlimited and Rock Creek Marina. Also a big thank you to all the volunteers that make these events successful, the patrol boat operators, the businesses that go above and beyond during the hectic tournament times and the several hundred anglers that fish in the WUM Ft. Peck Championship series.


2019 Fort Peck Series Final Results

2019 John Arnold

1st – Lance and Ted Kresge 5.94 lbs
2nd – Josh Starkel and Tim Freddericks – 5.38 lbs
3rd – Bill Sampson and Bob Mahana 5.35 lbs
Adult/Child – Marty Mclean and Riley Melone – 3.35 lbs

2019 Hell Creek

Top 5 Overall
Fred and Ryan Roberts – 45.76
Zeik Gordon and Owen Wilcox – 39.68
Braden Rolandson and Trevor Kleppelid – 38.26
Carly Rush and Whit Rush – 37.36
Denny South and Tyler South – 36.9

Top 3 Adult Child
Zeik Gordon and Owen Wilcox – 39.68
Matt Cowen and Blake Cowen – 34.99
Shane and Wyatt Anderson – 28.83

Top 3 Mixed Couples
Carly Rush and Whit Rush – 37.36
Eric and Dayle Stahl – 31.6
Sam and Andy Rose 30.09

Hell Creek 2019 – Final Results

2019 GovCup

Top 5 Overall
Matt Poole and Adam Morehouse – 70.04
Kriss Keller and Cody Strohm – 70
Josh Kittleson and Scott Collinsworth – 66.58
Darcy Boss and Bret Bates – 60.52
Joe Kavon and Rob Kavon – 60.28

Top 3 Adult Child
Zeik Gordon and Owen Wilcox – 49.28
Kirk Boyer and Hunter Collinsworth – 46.76
Matt Williamson and Otto Williamson – 42.22

Top 3 Mixed Couples
Don and Myla Jo Barton – 50.45
Scott and Cindy Sundheim – 41.22
Mike and Aspen Gibbs – 36.04

Gov Cup 2019 – Final Results

2019 Canyon Ferry

Top 5 Overall
Cory Novak and Kyle Beto – 34.88
Ken Schmidt and Mark Jones – 28.08
Steve Kincaid and Justin Baumgartner – 25.09
Ty Hinderager and Matt Fischer – 21.60
Ken Reistad and Duane Meyer – 21.22

Canyon Ferry Festival – Final Results

2019 Fresno Challenge

Top 5 Overall
Nate Molstad and Jordan Overcast – 28.04
Kevin Corbitt and Dave Collinsworth – 26.68
Steve Thomas and Ray Cole – 24.58
Jeff Ingram and Jake Monroe – 22.62
Brian Rooney and Bob Rooney – 22.60

Top 3 Adult Child
Scott and Hunter Collinsworth – 20.32
Cody and Sean Nagel – 18.64
Curt and Shea Novak – 15.73

Top 3 Mixed Couple
Dewey and Tess Vogl – 17.92
Byron and Tony Figarelle – 16.86
Jeff and Kim Meyer – 16.54

Fresno Challenge – Final Results

2019 Rock Creek

Jones & Schmidt win 2019 Rock Creek Walleye Tournament – By Steve Harada

This year’s Rock Creek Tourney was blessed by Mother Nature with two glorious days in the high 70s to low 80s with very little wind. Are you kidding me? Rock Creek never has two nice days in a row but this year was indeed an exception. The walleye bite was also exceptional for those that used the right technique and found the often elusive walleye. Mark Jones of Billings and Ken Schmidt of Glasgow captured first with a huge two-day weight of 63.28 pounds. The champs also won the Fox Ford Award for highest placing Ford tow vehicle and won an extra $500, thanks to Fox Ford in Wolf Point. Kris Keller and Whit Rush of Wolf Point were runner’s up with an also impressive 57.62 pounds. Third place honors were garnered by Kyle Vine of Vida and Colby Tognetti of Lewistown with 47.3 pounds.

Cool Under Pressure

Father son team of Matt and Blake Cowen from Billings finished in fourth place after a huge second day weight of 31.7 #s and a solid first day and they also won the Adult/Child completion with Andy & Sam Rose grabbing the mixed/Couple Award with 45.36 pounds. Sam and Andy Rose won the mixed/couple award with 43.44 pounds and also caught the second biggest walleye on Day 1 and the largest walleye on Day 2. Overall, the husband and wife team ended up in sixth place.

Jones and Schmidt

Big Walleye on Day 1 was caught by Body Killen & Taylor Kennedy. The Cool Under Pressure award was won by Taylor Mindt of Ft Peck & Sean Williams from Lambert. They advanced 46 places from Day 1 to Day 2 and had a 31.04 pound basket for Sunday.

Keller and Whit

Most of the top teams were pitching jigs and plastics into shore and picked walleye up real shallow out of the weeds. Congratulations to all this year’s top finishers and thanks to all of the anglers who supported the event.

Matt and Blake
Vine and Tognetti

Thanks to all of our generous sponsors and thanks to those who go out and solicit for all of the great prizes we’re able to award. Thanks to Carl Seilstad, Ted Toavs, Kristin & Cody Strohm for going after all of our donations. Because of these great prizes and money raised by awesome raffles, we are able to provide a meal and pay out a true 90% payout. Thanks to our major sponsors – Joe Moline from Affirmed Medical Service, Fox Ford from Wolf Point and Budweiser/Nemont Beverage of Glasgow and all of the other generous sponsors. ALL tournament directors and staff volunteer their time to try and put on a quality event.

Rock Creek – Final Results

2019 Tiber Results

Top 5 Overall
Ray Cole and Steve Thomas – 30.28
Travis Scott and Kennie Williams – 29.01
Bob Hickey and Jason Mundel – 23.96
Dean Pearson and Waylon Janousek – 22.36
Jeff Fields and Bradley Fields – 18.62

Top 3 Adult Child
Jeff Fields and Bradley Fields – 18.62
Hunter Collinsworth and Scott Collinsworth – 13.62
Ziek Gordon and Owen Wilcox – 11.16

Top 3 Mixed Couple
Tom and Roxanne Tubbs – 6.77
Dewey and Tess Vogl – 2.27
Dan Peterson and Mary Meyer – 1.94

Tiber – Final Results

2019 Crooked Creek Results

Top 5 Overall
Matt Fischer and Ty Hinderager – 72.59 lbs
Travis Scott and Kennie Williams – 63.8 lbs
Brian Bentley and Larsen Spencer – 43.42 lbs
Ziek Gordon and Owen Wilcox – 38.27 lbs
Chad Rambo and Steve Worden – 36.72 lbs

Top 3 Adult Child
Ziek Gordon and Owen Wilcox – 38.27 lbs
Scott and Hunter Collinsworth – 22.06 lbs
Mike and Tristan Dombrovski – 19.19 lbs

Top 3 Mixed Couple
Andrea and Scott Anderson – 14.96 lbs
Kiff and Kamae Meier – 8.96 lbs
Tom and Roxanne Tubbs – 8.95 lbs

Crooked Creek – Final Results

2019 Jerry Johnston Tough Guy Tournament Results

35 total teams:
1st: Jesse Reuter, Kris Keller 37.48 lbs
2nd: Owen Wilcox, Zeik Gordon 26.84 lbs
3rd: Jesse Nelson, Jim Alsobrook 25.88 lbs
4th: Bryce Loudon, Tanner Roth 20.14 lbs
5th: Arnie Frovarp, Sean McDuffee 15.98 lbs

Big Walleye Winners:
1st: Jesse Nelson, Jim Alsobrook 31.5″
2nd: Owen Wilcox, Zeik Gordon 30″

Big Northern Winners:
1st: Dick Walker, Josh Jabalera 33.5″
2nd: Jace Young, Tracy Henry 32.75″

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