Edmonton-area pair wins Golden Walleye Classic

Edana Measures, left, and Rachel Shaler, were busy as volunteers who worked at the weigh-in station.

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Fishing fanatics got hooked at the 31st annual Golden Walleye Classic on Lesser Slave Lake near High Prairie.

Brian Dobson of Edmonton and his fishing partner Eric Filewich of St. Albert shared the top prize of $30,000 in the event based at Shaw’s Point Resort.

Together, their haul of fish weighed 16.6 pounds over the two-day event.

A total of 37 pairs took part in the popular event on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, the Labour Day weekend.

The number of teams dropped from 58 last year.

Each fisherman was allowed to catch four walleye per day and bring them in two at a time to be measured at the weigh-in station.

Payouts were presented each day for the top-20 places and two-day weight totals.

A silent auction was held during the weekend.

The Captain and Kids Fishing Tournament was held on Aug. 30.

Fishing fanatics from all over Alberta competed in the 31st annual Golden Walleye Classic on Lesser Slave Lake east of High Prairie.

Brian Dobson of Edmonton and fishing partner Eric Filewich of St. Albert shared the top prize of $30,000 in the event based at Shaw’s Point Resort Aug. 31 and Sept. 1.

Together, their haul of fish weighed 16.70 pounds over the two-day event.

“It was good competition and fishing was tough,” says Ken Sperling, who has chaired the organizing committee for about 20 years.

“The weather was good.”

However, wind on some parts of the lake on the second day created some waves that challenged some competitors, he says.

Competitors travelled from High Prairie, Slave Lake, Peace River, Fairview and other parts of Alberta, Sperling says.

A total of 36 pairs entered the popular tournament.

That was down from last year when 58 teams competed.

Just four teams came up empty in the tournament.

More than $70,000 was awarded in prizes.

“We paid out about $73,000, more than the total brought in from registration fees,” Sperling says.

“Everyone I talked to was happy with the prizes.”

Much of that extra funds come from the silent auction and sponsorships, he says.

Each person entered was allowed to catch four walleye per day and bring them in two at a time to be measured at the weigh-in station.

Despite the lower numbers, the event remains popular in the north, he says.

“It’s basically the final fishing tournament of the year in Alberta,” Sperling says.

“People like it because it’s on a long weekend and people have an extra day of camping.”

Payouts were presented each day for the top-5 places and for two-day weight totals.

The Captain and Kids Fishing Tournament was held on Aug. 30.

2019 Golden Walleye Classic

Following are the results of the 32 teams that completed fishing at the Golden Walleye Classic at Shaw’s Point Resort on Lesser Slave Lake Aug. 31 and Sept. 1:

Team Day 1 Day 2 Total
Catch Catch Catch

  1. Brian Dobson & Eric Filewich 11.45 5.25 16.70
  2. Ken Carpenter & Tracey Cain 7.95 7.65 15.60
  3. Marvin Hovrisko & Jeff Koch 6.20 8.95 15.15
  4. Peter Caputo & Drew Chalifoux 4.85 10.05 14.90
  5. Mark Holzwarth & Gary Rupps 5.25 7.25 12.50
  6. Len Giorux & Chase Giroux 5.05 7.45 12.50
  7. Ken Porisky & Dave Taylor 6.15 6.20 12.35
  8. Don Kapeluk & Ross Smith 2.40 9.90 12.30
  9. Corey Karpiak & Dan Greshner 7.45 4.80 12.25
  10. Wasyl Kobylanski & Troy Given 6.55 5.20 11.75
  11. Patrick Lange & Brennan Gourlay 10.20 0.00 10.20
  12. Kevin Schafer & Chris Kindraka 8.25 1.00 9.25
  13. Garry Bielert & Ryan Bielert 2.90 5.60 8.50
  14. Christopher See & Lawrence See 2.75 5.30 8.05
  15. Robert Bruens & Tammy Harasimik 5.55 2.50 8.05
  16. Resty Domingo & Rocky Domingo 0.00 7.95 7.95
  17. Bernie Brassard & Paul Brassard 0.00 7.80 7.80
  18. Jerry Kruger & Mazin Sharkawi 5.05 2.70 7.75
  19. Derek Hickey & Michael Carlisle 7.65 0.00 7.65
  20. Blaine Hanson & Paul Chuippi 7.20 0.00 7.20
  21. Terry Mills & Todd Matoga 6.95 0.00 6.95
  22. Doug Vreeling & Jerry Siminick 2.25 4.40 6.65
  23. Troy Mindus & David Smith 2.60 3.00 5.60
  24. Glen Mehlsen & Brent Mehlsen 2.65 2.65 5.30
  25. George Hahn & Wayne Schlaht 2.60 2.45 5.05
  26. Tim White and Xavier Perez 0.00 4.90 4.90
  27. Doug Shea & Steve Wirstiuk 0.00 4.80 4.80
  28. Joe Tilley & Dan Davies 2.75 0.00 2.75
  29. Jeret Young & Jeff Prince 0.00 2.55 2.55
  30. David Schmyr Sr. and David Shmyr Jr. 2.50 0.00 2.50
  31. Raymond Mitchell & Kevin Kowal 0.00 2.45 2.45
  32. Scott Dahlgren & Craig Hutton 0.00 2.45 2.45

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