Day 2 of the 2012 Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival was disappointing for some, but others had a great day. Overall it was a tougher bite today with a total of 368 walleyes being caught weighing a total of 541.4 pounds and a 1.47 pound average. Thirty three of the teams were still able to scratch out a limie of five fish. Some were consistent, some that had a tough day on day one, had a great day today and few others had a long day. Thrty five teams had no fish today. No northerns were caught today.
But the big news was the winning team of Kit and Trevor Johnson of Helena, MT — owners of Kit’s Tackle and one of the circuit sponsors weighed in another nice weight of 19.96 pounds for a total of 41.76 pounds to win the $10000 first place prize. They also were awarded the Top Lund Team with a check for $500 from Townsend Marine and Lund, a Navionics voucher worth $200 for a new map card, a Townsend Marine voucher worth $500 on a qualified purchase, and a couple of gift certificates from Mack’s Lures worth $50 for each team member. Overall a pretty nice day for the father and son team from Helena. Congratulations guys — Great Job.
The 2nd place honors went to Dan Spence and Tianna Workman from the Bozeman and Belgrade area. Dan and Tianna were leading the tournament going out on day one, but struggled some on day two weighing 5 fish for 6.6 pounds and dropping to 2nd with a weight of 37.42 pounds and a check for $5000. They also received to Top Mixed Couple Award for the Circuit with 2 – $100 gift cards from Snappys Sport Senter in Kalispell and another $200 check from the CFWF. They also received a check for $250 for the Fenwick Largest Walleye Award for their day one 15.08 pound walleye and an assortment of lures from Mack’s Lure — which are great walleye rigs.
3rd place went to the team of Dave Greger and Jim Muscat from Bozeman and Gallitin Gateway with a total of 30.54 pounds. They weighed in the largest walleye of the day a 13.69 pound whopper. Last year Dave and Jim ended up in 2nd place by less than a quarter pound. They did a great job again today and if they had been using Jim’s GMC a little richer….
4th place went ot the team of Ken Seay and Marlin Cross with big weight of the day with 26.76 pounds and a total of 27.82 pounds. This got them the Cool Under Pressure award for improving something like 128 places from day one, winning a set of trailer tires from A-Z tires in Billings. They also won the Dinosaur Award from Scheels Sports in Billings — a couple of gift cards, hats and tee-shirts. And on top of all that they took home the TOP GMC Tow Vehicle Award and a check for $500 from Rimrock GMC & Cadillac in Billings, MT.
Rounding out the top 5 was Ken Schmidt from Glasgow and Mark Jones from Billings with a total of 26.57 pounds. They also took the Top Ranger Team award with a $500 certificate from One Way Marine in Helena and Ranger Boats. If they had won the tournament as a Ranger Cup Qualified team they would have added another $500 check to their pockets.
Other Circuit Awards and Prizes are as follows:
Top Adult Child Team was John and Patrick Bannon with nice rod/reel combo and hats from Scheels Sports in Billings, a check for $100 from Bob and Patti Hickey and another $200 check from the CFWF.
2nd Place Adult Child Team was Dan and Kasey Chovanak with a check of $50 from River Techniques/Luckie Bethel and $150 from the CFWF.
3rd Place Adult Child Team was Mike and Bobbie McElvain from Billings with a check of $100 from the CFWF.
Top Mixed Couple Award Team was Dan Spence and Tianna Workman who overall finished in 2nd place as noted above.
2nd place Mixed Couple was the Team of Gordy and Tanya Matson of Ennis who were leading the Montana Circuit going into the tournament — those results will be updated and posted in the next day or so.
3rd place Mixed Couple went to Phil and Kim Kumm from Great Falls.
The Hardest Charger Award went to the team of Gene Mccommon and Matt Workman who had zeroed on day one and came back with 5.81#’s on day two – winning 2 – $100 gift cards from Scheels Sports in Great Falls.
Overall, it was a great event with a lot of nice fish being caught. Full results are per the attached file.
Congratulations to all who participated and all the volunteers who helped put this all together.
A big thanks to all the sponsors — Townsend Marine for the plaques and Big R for all the scoring cards, boat boards, weigh boards, etc.
Click here for Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival Final Results
This report was provided by Dale R Gilbert.