2020 Montana Circuit Results and Year Warp up
The Show did go on, and the 2020 season was great thanks to both anglers and sponsors!!
The 2020 Montana Walleye Circuit is now history and it was a good year. In spite of some set-backs due to COVID-19, we received continued support both from sponsors and anglers! As always, without the support of those groups, the Montana Walleye Circuit could not survive!
The Crooked Creek Classic scheduled for early May, was held in August. Unfortunately, the Fresno Challenge was not held this year and resulted in an overall angler number reduction that was due solely to the pandemic. Otherwise, we had 458 individuals’ fish in at least one if not more of the circuit events this past year! The break down on those was 157 Adult Teams, 41 Mixed Couples Teams, and 31 Adult/Child Teams. We continue our efforts towards gaining 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 substantially. We routinely have over 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 some Instagram posts and FACEBOOK live videos. We continue to improve our multi-media outreach efforts each year.
The Circuit held 3 events in 2020:
Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival-June 27, 28
Tiber Tournament-July 25, 25
Crooked Creek Walleye Classic-August 15, 16
We will be meeting in October with the Angler Committee and Tournament directors to prepare for next year!
The 2020 Circuit Awards for Angler of the Year, Team of the Year, Top Lund, Top Adult/Child Teams, Top Mixed Couple Teams, etc. HOPEFULLY, will be presented at the Walleyes Unlimited State meeting this coming spring. IF not, we did do virtual presentations for some of the awards recipients through FB Live for 2019, and we may have to prepare to do that again this coming spring. Please stay tuned, and cross your fingers, for the banquet information.
Angler of the Year –With the cancelation of the Fresno Tournament, all three events counted towards the Angler of the Year for 2020. After the smoke cleared at Crooked Creek Dave Collinsworth and Kevin Corbitt (Ranger/Evinrude/ Chevy) topped the field with 255.33 points. A very close Second place finish went to Ziek Gordon and Owen Wilcox (Lund/Mercury/Ford) with 254.15 points. Third Place went to last year’s Third Place recipients, Steve Kincaid and Justin Baumgartner with 242.40 points (Mercury/Lund/Ram).
Top Lund Team of the Year – Ziek Gordon and Owen Wilcox will a receive the Top Lund Team of the Year for 2020.
Iron Team Award-was not awarded in 2020 due to cancellation of one tournament.
Top Adult/Child Team Majors –First Place went to Ziek Gordon and Owen Wilcox 191.854 points (Lund/Mercury/Ford). Second Place went to Kurt and Kodi Novak (Lund/Mercury/Chevy) with 149.601 points. Third place went to Marty McLean and Caed Melone Lund/Mercury/GMC) with 141.706 points.
Top Adult/Child Team Minors—First Place went to Kevin and Kolter Forbes (Lund/Mercury/Chevy) with 108.621 points. Second Place honors went to Josh Parrow and Daltyn Schmidt (Crestliner/Mercury/Ford) with 69.033 points. Third Place went to Dustin and Luke Flack (Lund/ Mercury/Ford) with 54.271 points.
Top Mixed Couple Team – Tom and Roxanne Tubbs placed first 197.863 (Mercury/Lund/Chevy). Brian and Savannah Mook placed second with 144.12 (Mercury/Lund/Ram). Rob and Brandi Mott placed third 132. (Mercury/Lund/Chevy).
Largest Walleye Caught and Released Award – The largest Walleye caught and released during tournament competition occurred at Crooked Creek. Scott Swanson, and Stuart Law recorded a 34.25” behemoth on Day 2 to capture the honors for the year.
We also want to give special thanks to all of our sponsors who provided support to the circuit in many ways
Tournament plaques, boat decals and bags from Townsend Marine and Lund
K2 Laserworks, Todd Koessl for year-end plaques.
Walleyes Unlimited web master Dave Sedlock for making timely updates to the tournament web page.
Fish Tales Magazine for publishing the circuits news and articles.
For the 2021 Montana Walleye Circuit we look forward to continued support from our current sponsors:
Western Trailers and Marine
Ranger/High Country Boats
Gage Gordon Construction
North 40 Outfitters
The Deadeye Guys
Interstate Battery Systems of Yellowstone
Scheels—Billings and Great Falls
Fort Peck Marina
Enduro Boat Covers
Go Fish Installations
Gally’s Brewing Company
Bob and Patti Hickey
Gordy and Tanya Matson
Midtown Market II
Jeff and Cathy Ingram
Waylon’s Wildlife Taxidermy
We are excited to be working for the sponsors and anglers for the Montana Walleye Circuit for 2021! 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 2021. Steve Chvilicek-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 provide direction to the circuit.
A summary of boats and motor data:
97 Lund Boats
45 Ranger Boats
20 Crestliner Boats
13 Warrior Boats
9 Nitro Boats
186 Mercury Motors
22 Yamaha Motors
11 Evinrude Motors
Thanks to all the anglers, sponsors, and supporters of the Montana Walleye Circuit! Tammy and Don Pyrah, Montana Walleye Circuit Co-Directors
Canyon Ferry 2020 – The Montana Walleye Circuit Facebook page will carry the rules meeting at 7 pm this coming Friday. Please download a copy of the 2020 Montana Walleye Circuit rules and bring them with you.
Montana Walleye Circuit News for 2019
We are well underway preparing for the 2019 Montana Walleye Circuit season! There will be four tournaments again this year. Unfortunately, we were not able to add a fifth tournament this year, but 2019 will be a great year with for our anglers and our sponsors as well, and we will not give up on our pursuit of an additional tournament for 2020. Remember to attend the State meeting in Glendive on March 23, 2019 where we will be presenting the awards for the 2018 Montana Walleye Circuit season.
While we are waiting for open water again, please take time to be involved in the public scoping for the Fisheries management plan and send in your comments. The Montana FWP is responsible for managing our fisheries and they are asking that we provide input to help them make management decisions. Don’t forget to mention that the dollars Tournament anglers spend are a huge economic impact to our local and state economies.
The tournament dates and Tournament directors are listed as follows. The entry forms are also in this issue. There are some notable changes on the forms! Please make checks payable to the Montana Walleye Circuit and mail them directly to Tammy. The tournament directors are listed here below, be sure and thank these folks for their work making great tournaments:
Ron Craig, Crooked Creek Tournament—May 4 and 5. Ronnie’s number is 406-366-2745.
Ray Cole, Tiber Tournament—May 18 and 19. Rays phone is 406-868-2028.
Steve Chvilicek, Fresno Tournament—June 8 and 9. Chili’s phone is 406-262-3199.
Shawn Jacobs, Canyon Ferry Tournament—June 22 and 23. Shawn’s phone is 406-431-0742.
If you have questions about TOURNAMENT details please call the directors listed above. If you have questions about entries—PLEASE CALL TAMMY PYRAH at 406-366-0898. She has agreed to take all entries this year to help the tournament directors and allow them to focus on preparation for making their tournaments better.
As always—Don and I look forward to working hard for all of you. Our sponsors and anglers are important to us and please let us know what we can do to make your tournament experiences better!