9th Annual Sturgeon Tournament
Results for Day 1
The 9th Annual Sportsman’s Lodge two day catch and release sturgeon tournament is underway! The fishing and the weather was excellent! The weather was a beautiful 68 degrees, sunny and a light breeze. Over 100 sturgeon in varying sizes were caught and released in the 1.2 mile allowed tournament area right out front of the lodge. Tournament anglers caught many between the 50″-60″ range and under 30″.
One hundred and fifty anglers attended and 50 boats making this for the 7th year in a row a full tournament. This year was highest cash and prize payout boasting over $6,500. First place each day receives $2,140, second place $915 and third place a custom rod. Many other prizes are awarded for the largest eelpout, sucker, and bullhead over the two days along with youth and door prizes.
Day one started at 8:30am running until 4:00pm and rounds out with lots of good stories and entertainment in the bar. Day two starts at 8:30am on Saturday, May 2 running an hour shorter than day one, ending at 3pm. Day two also includes an awards banquet and musical entertainment. Check out the pictures of the day one winners and many more pictures of all of the fun on our Facebook page here.
Day One 1st Place Winner
61 3/4 inch length, 24 inch girth
Day One 2nd Place Winner
60 inch length, 20 1/4 inch girth
Day One 3rd Place Winner
55 1/2 inch length, 21 inch girth
Do you want to hook into a sturgeon? You still have time!
Sturgeon keep one season runs until May 7. Catch & release season runs May 8-15. Guided Trips, Lodging and Dock Slips available. Book your trip today!
The Walleye Opener is May 9th!
Lodging and guided fishing trips still available. Lodging as low as $45* per person per night. Lodging and charter fishing packages starting at $201* per person.
*plus tax and based on double occupancy through May 20
Call us at 866-998-7280 or book online now for your trip to Sportsman’s for the Walleye Opener!
That’s a wrap! We’ve officially closed the books on the 8th Annual Sportsman’s Sturgeon Classic! This year has been our best one yet. We started out with a record number of fish boated and ended with one of the largest daily winners ever. The weather may not have cooperated (it snowed most of the day today), but we had a great weekend. Thanks to all of the participants for a fun weekend! Mark your calendars for next year’s tournament, May 1 & 2!
Here they are, the results of day 2!
1st Place, winning $1,880: Greg Merschan reeled in a sturgeon measuring in at 68” with a 29” girth, weighing 90 pounds!
2nd Place: Dave Clement, 56” sturgeon with a 23” girth, weighing in at 47 pounds.
3rd Place: Tony Z, 56” sturgeon with a 20” girth, weighing 38 pounds
Here’s a look at the overall leader-board!
Visit our Facebook to see all the pictures from this weekend!
Today was INCREDIBLE! Here’s a breakdown:
Anglers boated over 100 fish throughout the day! That’s more than we’ve ever seen on a single day during the Sturgeon Classic!
The Minnesota DNR spent the day tagging sturgeon near the lodge, and tagged over 50 sturgeon that measured over 40” throughout the day!
The weather may have been cold, dark and rainy, but spirits were high throughout the day. Tomorrow certainly looks to be better with a high temperature expected to hit the 50 degree mark under partly cloudy skies.
Interested in how the tournament works? Here are the basics.
–This year marks the 8th Annual Sportsman’s Lodge Sturgeon Classic.
-The tournament is hosting a field of 50 boats and over 140 participants.
-The tournament consists of two days of catch-and-release fishing.
-The three longest sturgeon of each day receive prices. First two receive cash & the third a custom built rod.
-The tournament is held on the Rainy River in front of Sportsman’s Lodge.
-Live Entertainment, food and drinks will close out the day.
Official Day 1 Results: Sportsman’s 8th Annual Sturgeon Classic
Prizes awarded to the 3 longest fish of each day
1st Place: Doug Decker measuring in with a 65.5” length and 26” girth. Doug ‘s winning fish snagged him $1,880 cash!
2nd Place: Courtney Dobmeier (pictured left) measuring in at 65.5” length with a 28” girth.
Looking forward to tomorrow
We will kick off tomorrow (Saturday) at 8:30 a.m. and close the tournament at 3 p.m. A prime rib dinner banquet with a prize presentation begins at 6 p.m. Live entertainment in the Sandbar will close out the weekend!
Book your sturgeon adventure now!
The sturgeon season is open now (keep one within size limits) through May 7 and May 8-15 is catch and release season before closing for about a 6 week period of time. A number of nice sturgeon have been caught this spring, and there is still plenty of time to get in on the action. Give us a call to make a quick trip and reel in one of these monsters! 800-862-8602