George Wahl Muskie Tournament 2019 Final Standings

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Twelve muskies were caught by 11 anglers during the 11th Annual George Wahl Memorial Muskie Tournament. Participants reported fishing was pretty slow all day. The majority of those who registered fish said the fish they caught was the only one they saw all day.

The winner, Jim Harmon, was the only contestant who registered more than one fish. His first muskie, a 51.25-inch beauty, was caught first thing in the morning after just a few casts. His second muskie, a 41-incher, came in the early afternoon. Jim received $1000 for his effort as well as a custom-made plaque that will display a picture of the fish and the lure used to catch it, an Eagle Tail lure, and a $50 Thorne Bros. gift card that all top five winners received. 

Second and third place winners were both fishing White Bear Lake. Greg Werner registered a 49-inch muskie that earned him $500. Matthew Meyer’s third place fish was a 48-inch fish. Because the fish’s tail was cut off on his pictures, and the 47-inch marker could be seen, he got credit for a 47-inch fish. The third place win earned him $250. Fourth place was won by Dan Madden with a 46.75-inch muskie from Lake Independence. Shawn McGrade rounded out the top 5 with a 46.5-incher from Forest Lake. Matt Olson who caught a 46.5-inch muskie would have been in fourth place except for a mishap with his photo of the fish which did not show the whole fish on the bump board. 

Lexi Lowe, with a 43-inch muskie out of Bald Eagle Lake was the lone lady who registered a fish, earning her the first place Mary Villnow bonus of $250. The bonus is named after Mary Villnow, an avid muskie fisherwoman who passed away several years ago. Her husband Paul started the bonus as a way to encourage more ladies to become muskie anglers. 

Every person who registered a fish in the tournament, was entered in the Grand Prize drawing. Shaw McGrade was the lucky winner of a week stay for four at Whitefish Bay Camp, Lake of the Woods. 

2019 Final Standings

1Jim Harmon51.25, 4132.5Minnetonka
2Greg Werner4919White Bear
3Matthew Meyer4717White Bear
4Dan Madden46.7517Independence
5Shawn McGrade45.515.5Forest Lake
6Alexis Lowe4313Bald Eagle
7Matt McDonald43.513.5Minnetonka
8Dustin Mystel4212Bald Eagle
9Kevin Daly4111Waconia
10Matt Olson46.7510Harriet