A warm day of nearly 90 degrees greeted the 150+ anglers who participated in the 9th Annual George Wahl Memorial Tournament. Eleven muskies were registered by 10 anglers. The majority of fish were caught before 10 am and three were called in just before quitting time at 5:30 pm.
Joe Tuma, the 2015 and 2016 winner of the tournament, repeated his first place win again with two muskies - 47.5 and 40.5 inches - from Forest Lake. Joe walked away with a $1000 check in addition to the a Eagle Tail lure, $50 Thorne Bros. gift card, a commemorative Sinister lure created by Todd Cleveland, and a plaque that each of the top five anglers received.
Second place winner was Paul Kramer who registered a 48.75-incher from White Bear Lake, the longest fish registered for the day. In addition to the Eagle Tail, Sinister lure, $50 Thorne Bros gift card, Paul received a $500 check. Sadie Maas, with a 47.5-inch muskie from Minnetonka that was caught just a few minutes before the tournament ended, finished in third place. The big muskie was her personal best. She received a $250 check for third place and was also awarded the Mary Villnow Ladies Bonus.
The day ended with a feed at Thorne Bros. The Awards Program culminated with the Grand Prize drawing. Every person who registerd a muskie was entered in the drawing. Winner of a trip for 4 to Whitefish Bay Camp on Lake of the Woods and $500 was Michael Johnson.
The muskie anglers who spent the day fishing contributed a little something toward our metro-area muskie fishery by participating in the George Wahl Memorial Muskie Tournament. Thanks to all the anglers for helping preserve our great metro-area muskie fishing.
|1||Joe Tuma||47.5, 40.5||Forest Lake|
|2||Paul Kramer||48.75||White Bear Lake|
|3||Sadie Maas||47.5||Lake Minnetonka|
|4||Dan Klepsa||44.5||Lake Harriet|
|5||Shawn Johnson||43||Lake Harriet|
|6||Mike Johnson||42||Lake Minnetonka|
|7||Greg Kappes||41.5||Lake Harriet|
|8||Erik Jorgenson||41.5||Forest Lake|
|9||Dawson Johnson||40.5||Lake Harriet|
|10||Brandon Guimont||40||White Bear Lake|