Congratulations to Grant Jerich who won the 15th annual George Wahl Memorial Muskie Tournament on Saturday, September 30. The 160 participants produced only 8 muskies over 40 inches. The day started out with a flurry of phone calls to register fish. Five fish before 9:00. And then, not much. Three other fish over 40 inches were registered during the rest of the day.
Winner Grant Jerich was the only person in the tournament who doubled with 48-inch and 41-inch muskies from Minnetonka – both caught before 8 am. Mac Hoekstra, fishing white Bear Lake won second place with big fish of the tournament, a nice 51-incher. Third place was taken by Brian Rogge with a 50.5-inch fish from Minnetonka. It was the last fish of the day, called in around 1:30 in the afternoon. Nick Poppler with a 48-incher from Bald Eagle and Matt McDonald with a Minnetonka 41-incher rounded out the top five anglers.
Congratulations also to Jack Proffit who won the Junior Division with a 40-inch muskie from Bald Eagle Lake.
Every person who registered a muskie and was at the awards program was entered in the Grand Prize drawing for a trip to Lake of the Woods Lodge and $500. Grand Prize winner was Mac Hoekstra.
One hundred percent of the proceeds from this event goes towards our local metro-area muskie fishery. Thank you to all who participated in the 2023 tournament and helped contribute a little to the fishery.
2023 FINAL STANDINGS
|White Bear Lake