Lake McConaughy Walleye Tournament Recap

Last weekend marked the first ever combined walleye tournament between the Colorado Walleye Association and the Nebraska Walleye Association.  It was held on Lake McConaughy located just north of Ogallala, Nebraska.  Big Mac is one of the premier walleye fisheries in the west and is a favorite for both associations.  The lake is huge and has a healthy population of walleyes with many true giants lurking its depths.

Friday night 61 teams competing in the tournament checked in and after going over a few rules the teams were ready for the weekend.

The teams pre-fishing had success using a variety of methods to catch fish.  From lindy rigging with leaches to pulling cranks and spinner baits, every team had their plan.  Each team can have up to 8 fish in their live well each day and weigh their best 5. Teams are allowed 2 fish each day over 22” and 3 more between the 15” minimum and up to 22”.  Culling is prohibited and once a team decides to “keep” a fish and put it in there live well it must stay there and it counts towards their 8 for that day.  Sometimes tough decisions have to be made on the water and in tournament fishing, making the right decisions can make all the difference.

Day one brought good weather with some higher winds making boat control challenging at times.  After the teams completed the weigh in, the mixed team of Bill and Faustina Muller from Colorado were in the lead with a very impressive 5 fish bag weighing 27.95lbs!  Sitting in second place was Ericson and Ericson also a Colorado team.  This father / son team also competing in the youth division, brought in 5 fish weighing 24.9lbs!  Right behind them in third place from Nebraska was McGannon and Hunke with 22.79lbs.  Many large fish were brought to the scales and all top 10 teams weighed over 20lbs. each.  The largest walleye of the day and winning the “Big Fish” award was the Colorado team of Vowers and Vowers with a 9.43lb beauty! 

Day two brought stable weather and less wind as the field set out to bring in the biggest basket.  The bite seemed a bit slower than Saturday but many teams still found their fish as they showed their skills on the water.  The heaviest basket of the day was brought in by the Nebraska team of Bosard and Bosard also competing in the youth division.  The 5 fish basket turned out to be the heaviest of the entire tournament weighing an incredible 28.88lbs!

After all teams the teams were in and the weights from each day were combined, the Ericson and Ericson father and son team were the winners!  The two brought in an unbelievable two day weight of 52.58lbs!  They also won the “Youth Division” of the tournament.  In Second place, with 45.05lbs were Bosard and Bosard.  Rounding out the top 3 was the Nebraska team of Seim and Willis with 43.53lbs.  Bill and Faustina Muller took the “Mixed Division” with a two day total of 41.19lbs.  Big fish honors for Sunday went to Presley and Otte from Nebraska.  They brought in a 10.18lb toad that turned out to be the largest walleye caught during the tournament.

A total of 417 walleyes were weighed with a total weight of over 1460lbs.  The average walleye brought to the scales weighed just over 3.5lbs.  Congratulations to all the top teams and a sincere thank you to all the volunteers from both the CWA and NWA that helped make this a event and a huge success!  Big Mac proved again to be one of the best walleye fisheries around and we look forward fishing there again in the future.



Overall Winners - Ericson and Ericson


2nd Place Overall Winners - Bosard and Bosard


3rd Place Overall Winners - Seim and Willis


Top Adult Youth Overall Winners - Ericson and Ericson


Top Mixed Overall Winners - Mueller and Mueller


Big Fish Winners - Presley and Otte


Driving Around the Stopped Train Saturday Morning


Waiting to Launch on Saturday Morning


Waiting to Weigh-in on Saturday Afternoon

Final Results

Overall Place Angler #1 Angler #2 M or Y Saturday Sunday Total Total Points
Weight # Alive Weight # Alive Sat + Sun
1 Erickson Erickson Y 24.90 5 27.68 5 52.58 100
2 Bosard Bosard Y 16.17 5 28.88 5 45.05 99
3 Seim Willis   21.34 5 22.19 5 43.53 98
4 Hettner Shada   20.96 5 22.19 5 43.15 97
5 McGannon Hunke   22.79 5 20.04 5 42.83 96
6 Brian Canning Mike Vorderstrasse   22.40 5 20.41 5 42.81 95
7 Bill Mueller Faustina Mueller M 27.95 5 13.24 5 41.19 94
8 Presley Otte   16.10 4 23.38 4 39.48 93
9 Paul Woerth   22.63 5 16.20 5 38.83 92
9 Cooper Miller   18.21 4 19.49 5 37.70 92
11 Anderson Green   19.12 5 18.51 4 37.63 90
12 Garver Sikes   18.15 5 18.84 5 36.99 89
13 Smutny Farner   14.31 2 22.38 5 36.69 88
14 Richardson Hazen   23.21 5 12.65 5 35.86 87
15 Kunze Belgum   22.54 5 12.86 4 35.40 86
16 Ryan Vowers Hunter Vowers Y 20.04 5 13.78 5 33.82 85
17 Hupfer Hupfer Y 18.54 5 14.51 3 33.05 84
18 Riley Riley   19.86 5 12.60 4 32.46 83
19 Brad Qualley Mitch Petersen   12.58 3 19.58 5 32.16 82
20 Gary Mongelli Grace Mongelli M 12.60 3 17.88 5 30.48 81
21 Steinke Steinke Y 12.36 4 15.78 4 28.14 80
22 Collin Rupel Gary Weaver   12.49 2 15.62 4 28.11 79
23 Means Warriner   15.38 5 12.52 5 27.90 78
24 Brad Hahn Colton Mullinix   11.97 4 15.71 5 27.68 77
25 Werner Werner Y 7.12 3 19.95 5 27.07 76
26 Mike Williams Justin Crump   12.59 3 13.71 2 26.30 75
27 Williams Williams   9.76 3 15.68 4 25.44 74
28 Jim Thibodeau Brian Bashore   15.49 4 9.60 4 25.09 73
29 Ray Deichsel Ray Deichsel   15.38 5 9.50 2 24.88 72
30 Scott Beauvais Robert Schafer   14.24 5 10.42 5 24.66 71
31 Lonnie Snyder Colton Snyder Y 12.23 5 12.28 4 24.51 70
32 Seffron Seffron   14.41 5 9.59 5 24.00 69
33 Derek Rossen Derek Wagner   8.04 3 15.76 5 23.80 68
34 Codner Vanis   16.67 5 5.97 2 22.64 67
35 Regelin McCarter   21.85 5 0.00 0 21.85 66
36 Hadan Hankla   5.58 2 16.09 5 21.67 65
37 Oliver Schroeder   1.66 1 19.57 5 21.23 64
38 Gene Metschke Larry Call   12.15 5 8.49 5 20.64 63
39 Heflin Heflin   8.62 3 10.49 3 19.11 62
40 Rosencutter Rosencutter   4.95 3 13.32 4 18.27 61
41 Curtis McCormick Elizabeth Edwards M 17.85 5 0.00 0 17.85 60
42 Durham Durham M 6.30 4 11.17 3 17.47 59
43 Pavelka Pavelka   13.87 5 3.27 1 17.14 58
44 Brewer  Crist   0.00 0 16.90 5 16.90 57
45 Cary Weaver Jeff Annis   6.48 4 8.67 4 15.15 56
46 Block Tomacheck   13.69 5 1.40 1 15.09 55
47 Hunter Curie   0.00 0 14.87 4 14.87 54
48 Adam Haun Noah Buck   6.42 3 8.44 4 14.86 53
49 McShane Glasshoff   7.69 3 7.15 3 14.84 52
50 John Quarles Steve Shelton   11.74 5 0.00 0 11.74 51
51 Art Petz Connie Petz M 3.87 1 2.73 1 6.60 50
52 Stephens Stephens   5.80 1 0.00 0 5.80 49
53 Ronnie Snyder Ronnie Snyder   5.52 3 0.00 0 5.52 48
54 Ed Klein Don Klein   5.47 3 0.00 0 5.47 47
55 Holmes Harrington   4.65 1 0.00 0 4.65 46
56 Clayton Clayton M 0.00 0 1.60 1 1.60 45
57 Wayde Glover Garret Glover   0.00 0 0.00 0 0.00 5
Total 736.69 209 703.54 199 1440.23
Tournament Stats:
Total Walleye 408
Average Weight 3.53lbs
Sat. Big Fish 9.43lbs Vowers/Vowers
Sun. Big Fish 10.18lbs Presley/Otte
Top Mix Mueller/Mueller
Top Youth Erickson/Erickson
Ranger Cup Bosard/Bosard
Top Lund Hettner/Shada

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