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Lake Region Vacation Guide Spring & Summer 1999 Page 3 ] nglers across U.S. fish Big Stone Lake Stone Lake Area Tourism and the Chamber of everyone to ! Stone Lake, which stretches and is the home of the Walleye Circuit World Stone Lake is home to fishing tournaments for '99, including the States Fishing Team Walleye which was held Dakota and May Minnesota, the MWC Fishing Tournament & 23, and the 19th Big Stone Lake Walleye June 19-20. is a nonprofit cor- which conducts a series Professionally run fishing at which family of resources are stressed. hundred of North finest professional anglers have competed Stone Lake in past years coveted title of MWC Champion. year, Big Stone Lake the host to the MWC Walleye Qualifying :Tournament May 22-23. Championship teams vie for a $12,000 grand prize. All of the teams share in the prize money, which is funded by the MWC sponsors. A MotorGuide bow mount electric trolling motor will be awarded to the individual pro who catches the heaviest walleye each day of competition. In addition, Mariner Outboards will present a $1,500 engine rebate to the pro catching the overall heaviest walleye of the championship. Big Stone Lake is well known for being an excellent fishery, especially for walleye. "Our lake is truly a haven for angling or whatever the aqua sport," stated Sonja Pinkert, executive director of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Bill Reabe, winner of the 1995 Big Stone Tourney, stated that the trick to fishing on Big Stone Lake is knowing several fish catching methods and adapt- ing to changing conditions. "Being able to adapt to change is what separates the good anglers from the also- rans," he said. Veteran MWC anglers look forward to the Big Stone Tourney, not only for the good THIS BEAUTY, caught by pro angler Scott Hill, was reeled in during the MWC Championship Tournament last Year. Several just like it await anglers on Big Stone Lake. A MANY SPECTATORS come to watch the MWC anglers during the weigh in at Lakeside Park in Ortonville. bite, but for the hospitality and good will shown to them by the entire community. The recently held sixth annu- al USFA tournament begins at 7 a.m. each morning with the first flight, usually around 50 boats. The fishermen will then return by 3 p.m. If another flight is needed, it will depart at 7:30 a.m. and end the day at 3:30 p.m. Anglers earn points based on the order they finish, and the top teams from the five tournaments in the region will participate in the state competition, held August 21 and 22 at Lake Sharp in Pierre, SD. Team Walleye conducts six tournaments per year in each of its 13 districts. Entry fees for the tournament are $115 per team for one day events like Big Stone's, or $125 for the two day fishing tournaments. The USFA sponsors fishing tournaments in 11 states, includ- ing the Winnibigoshish and Mille Lacs lakes in Minnesota. The top teams from each region will qualify for the $50,000 National Championship, which this year will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at Lake of the Woods. The top 10 point holders from each district, plus 20 wild card teams, will be invited to participate. In addition to great payouts, teams earn points based on their order of finish. These points determine who are the anglers of the year and which teams receive invitations to the year-end cham- pionship. The 19th annual Big Stone Walleye Classic will be held June 19-20 on Big Stone Lake, boasting a purse of $9,000, with $1,800 going to the first place team. In addition, the committee will award $100 each day to the team that releases the largest walleye and $50 per pound up to ten pounds for the largest fish caught. The tournament begins with a mandatory rules meeting, where anglers will receive a briefing on the tournament's rules and regu- lations, and have a chance to win door prizes such as a MinnKota trolling motor. The public is invited to come watch the boats launch on both Saturday and Sunday mornings at SoDak Park Resort on the South Dakota side of Big Stone Lake at 7 a.m., and for the weigh-ins both evenings at SoDak, Saturday's at 4 p.m. and Sunday's at 3 p.m. The "Bishops Charity Fishing Tournament" for 1999 will be held Monday, June 7, starting at Schmidt's Landing. Sponsored by St. Charles Catholic Church of Big Stone City and the Enunciation Parish of Revillo, SD, the tournament's funds go to educating priests in the area. Another popular fishing con- test on Big Stone Lake is The Ortonville Independent's annual fishing contest, which will run from May 1 through Sept. 10, 1999. This free contest focuses on several different species of fish, including walleye, northern, bullhead and perch, and also fea- tures a catch and release catego- ry. Each week, the winning fish in each category is publicized in The Independent, and the lucky angler receives $15 in script money to be spent at participat- ing Ortonville area merchants. Some weeks there are no win- ning fish in a category, so the $15 is added to a season-end jackpot, where names are drawn for more than $100 in script. Official weigh in stations include Bud's Bait of Ortonville, Hartford Beach Resort of Corona, SD, and SoDak Supper Club and Lounge of Wilmot, SD. Ice fishermen also make way to Big Stone Lake during the winter months, and a common sight on any given day would be upwards of 200-300 fish houses in some areas. Whatever the fish, whatever the season, Big Stone Lake offers some of the best angling around, drawing fishermen and their families from all around the country. BE RESPONSIBLE! il DURING LAST YEAR'S MWC TOURNEY, anglers launch their boats for a day of great fishing on Big Stone Lake. Several fishing tournaments each year bring glers from around the country to the Oonville area. Lake Region Vacation Guide Spring & Summer 1999 Page 3 ] nglers across U.S. fish Big Stone Lake Stone Lake Area Tourism and the Chamber of everyone to ! Stone Lake, which stretches and is the home of the Walleye Circuit World Stone Lake is home to fishing tournaments for '99, including the States Fishing Team Walleye which was held Dakota and May Minnesota, the MWC Fishing Tournament & 23, and the 19th Big Stone Lake Walleye June 19-20. is a nonprofit cor- which conducts a series Professionally run fishing at which family of resources are stressed. hundred of North finest professional anglers have competed Stone Lake in past years coveted title of MWC Champion. year, Big Stone Lake the host to the MWC Walleye Qualifying :Tournament May 22-23. Championship teams vie for a $12,000 grand prize. All of the teams share in the prize money, which is funded by the MWC sponsors. A MotorGuide bow mount electric trolling motor will be awarded to the individual pro who catches the heaviest walleye each day of competition. In addition, Mariner Outboards will present a $1,500 engine rebate to the pro catching the overall heaviest walleye of the championship. Big Stone Lake is well known for being an excellent fishery, especially for walleye. "Our lake is truly a haven for angling or whatever the aqua sport," stated Sonja Pinkert, executive director of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce. Bill Reabe, winner of the 1995 Big Stone Tourney, stated that the trick to fishing on Big Stone Lake is knowing several fish catching methods and adapt- ing to changing conditions. "Being able to adapt to change is what separates the good anglers from the also- rans," he said. Veteran MWC anglers look forward to the Big Stone Tourney, not only for the good THIS BEAUTY, caught by pro angler Scott Hill, was reeled in during the MWC Championship Tournament last Year. Several just like it await anglers on Big Stone Lake. A MANY SPECTATORS come to watch the MWC anglers during the weigh in at Lakeside Park in Ortonville. bite, but for the hospitality and good will shown to them by the entire community. The recently held sixth annu- al USFA tournament begins at 7 a.m. each morning with the first flight, usually around 50 boats. The fishermen will then return by 3 p.m. If another flight is needed, it will depart at 7:30 a.m. and end the day at 3:30 p.m. Anglers earn points based on the order they finish, and the top teams from the five tournaments in the region will participate in the state competition, held August 21 and 22 at Lake Sharp in Pierre, SD. Team Walleye conducts six tournaments per year in each of its 13 districts. Entry fees for the tournament are $115 per team for one day events like Big Stone's, or $125 for the two day fishing tournaments. The USFA sponsors fishing tournaments in 11 states, includ- ing the Winnibigoshish and Mille Lacs lakes in Minnesota. The top teams from each region will qualify for the $50,000 National Championship, which this year will be held Sept. 29-Oct. 2 at Lake of the Woods. The top 10 point holders from each district, plus 20 wild card teams, will be invited to participate. In addition to great payouts, teams earn points based on their order of finish. These points determine who are the anglers of the year and which teams receive invitations to the year-end cham- pionship. The 19th annual Big Stone Walleye Classic will be held June 19-20 on Big Stone Lake, boasting a purse of $9,000, with $1,800 going to the first place team. In addition, the committee will award $100 each day to the team that releases the largest walleye and $50 per pound up to ten pounds for the largest fish caught. The tournament begins with a mandatory rules meeting, where anglers will receive a briefing on the tournament's rules and regu- lations, and have a chance to win door prizes such as a MinnKota trolling motor. The public is invited to come watch the boats launch on both Saturday and Sunday mornings at SoDak Park Resort on the South Dakota side of Big Stone Lake at 7 a.m., and for the weigh-ins both evenings at SoDak, Saturday's at 4 p.m. and Sunday's at 3 p.m. The "Bishops Charity Fishing Tournament" for 1999 will be held Monday, June 7, starting at Schmidt's Landing. Sponsored by St. Charles Catholic Church of Big Stone City and the Enunciation Parish of Revillo, SD, the tournament's funds go to educating priests in the area. Another popular fishing con- test on Big Stone Lake is The Ortonville Independent's annual fishing contest, which will run from May 1 through Sept. 10, 1999. This free contest focuses on several different species of fish, including walleye, northern, bullhead and perch, and also fea- tures a catch and release catego- ry. Each week, the winning fish in each category is publicized in The Independent, and the lucky angler receives $15 in script money to be spent at participat- ing Ortonville area merchants. Some weeks there are no win- ning fish in a category, so the $15 is added to a season-end jackpot, where names are drawn for more than $100 in script. Official weigh in stations include Bud's Bait of Ortonville, Hartford Beach Resort of Corona, SD, and SoDak Supper Club and Lounge of Wilmot, SD. Ice fishermen also make way to Big Stone Lake during the winter months, and a common sight on any given day would be upwards of 200-300 fish houses in some areas. Whatever the fish, whatever the season, Big Stone Lake offers some of the best angling around, drawing fishermen and their families from all around the country. BE RESPONSIBLE! il DURING LAST YEAR'S MWC TOURNEY, anglers launch their boats for a day of great fishing on Big Stone Lake. Several fishing tournaments each year bring glers from around the country to the Oonville area.