Thirteen muskies were registered at the 7th annual George Wahl Memorial Muskie Tournament. With a warm, sunny day with 80 degree temperatures many participants reported seeing a lot of fish, but not being able to boat them.
Winner of the tournament was Joe Tuma who boated a 50 inch muskie on Forest Lake. Joe walked away with a $500 check in addition to the $50 Thorne Bros. gift card, a commemorative Phantom lure created by Todd Cleveland, and a shadow-box plaque that each of the top ten anglers received.
Second and third place fish both came from White Bear Lake. Second place winner Casey Friskney registered a 48-incher and third place finisher Brad Wieck had a 47-1/2 inch fish. Fourth place winner, Marty Oian registered a 47-inch fish from Bald Eagle Lake and fifth place winner Chris Williams brought in a 47-incher from Lake Minnetonka. Cash prizes of $400, $300, $200 and $100 were paid out to the second through fifth place winners.
The day ended with a pork chop feed at Thorne Bros. The Awards Program culminated with the Grand Prize drawing. Every person who registered a muskie was entered in the drawing. Winner of a trip for 4 to Whitefish Bay Camp on Lake of the Woods and $1000 was Joe Tuma.
The 180 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.
2015 Final Standings
|1||Joe Tuma||50||20||Forest Lake|
|2||Casey Friskney||48||18||White Bear|
|3||Brad Wieck||47.5||17.5||White Bear|
|4||Marty Oian||47||17||Bald Eagle|
|6||Ben Collette||45||15||Forest Lake|
|9||Nick Sarinske||43||13||Forest Lake|