WU Circuit

Montana Walleyes Unlimited Circuit Kickoff


The 2014 Montana Walleye Circuit is off to a Great Start. The Fresno Challenge is in the books with some good weights and lots of fish caught. The one weigh boat weighted 236 fish on the first day.

Day One saw the team of Darren Raney, Livingston and Scott Achilles, Great Falls off to a great start with a weight of 18.46. Steve Zetterberg, Ronan and Kaine Zetterberg, Ronan were in second place. Steve Kerling, Vaughn and Roy Fountain, Great Falls in 3rd place. Shane Pursley, Helena and Pat Readoon, Manhattan, 4th place. Bruce Normandy, Havre and Bill Wirtzburer, Havre 5th place with a weight of an even 15 lbs.

On Day One, all but two teams caught fish and believe it or not, 83 teams caught 5 fish.

Largest Walleye on Day One was a tie between Wayne Mumms, Great Falls and Barry Mumms, Great Falls and the team of Marvin Monroe, Helena and Ruben Hernandez with a winning weight of 6.06 lbs. The bite for some teams on the second day was tougher for some teams in the top 20 and better for some of the lower teams moved up to replace the top teams in the final standings.

With the big lead, Darren Raney and Scott Achilles had on the first day, they walked away with top honors with the winning weight of 28.28 lbs. They also won the top $500 Lund Boat Award donated by Townsend Marine and Lund boats. They were asked "What was the key to their success?” Answer: They were using a big Red Bobber and a Red and White Dare Devil.

Top Mixed Couple award went to Tanya and Gordon Matson, Ennis. They did better the second day and finished with a weight of 22.78.

Top Adult-Child were Dan Chovanak and Kasey Chovanak, Helena winning a set of rods from Scheels and a check of $100 courtesy of Bob and Patti Hickey who sponsor all the Adult/Child divisions for the year. They had a weight of 20.29 lbs.

Top Ranger Team award went to Steve and Zaine Zetterberg who ended up in 6th place overall for the event winning a $500 Rangerwear Certificate from One Way Marine and Ranger Boats.

The team of Sam Cotterell and Pat Slater won the Dinosaur Award, a set of rods from Scheels Sports in Billings.

Largest Walleye for the tournament was a tie between Wayne Mumms and Barry Mumms and Marvin Monroe and Ruben Hernandez with 6.06 lbs. The Mumms had the heaviest weight for the tournament so they win the Fennwick Largest Walleye Award and Monroe and Hernandez will win a set of Fennwick sweatshirts.

Congratulations and thanks to all the sponsors and volunteers who made this such a great event. Special thanks to The Walleye Tavern for feeding all the people both nights and all the great service. Lots of money and prizes were awarded from tournament sponsors including Big R Stores, Falls Auto Glass, Roberts Bait and Tackle, Kits Tackle, Mercury, Macks Lures for the Early Bird Awards for those had their entries in by May 1.

The Canyon Ferry Lake Walleye Festival is next on June 26-27 and the results will be online by the time you read this. The Tiber Walleye Tournament July 27-28. We will be on the way to and preparing our strategies for it. They had some really good weights for this tournament last year. The Fall Classic will be held on August 9-10 at Fort Peck which is a great fishing lake especially for Walleye and big Northerns. You never know what’s on your line till it’s in the boat.

The Fall Classic will decide the Anger and Team of the Year Awards and also see who has the largest Walleye caught and released for the Circuit and end up with a replica mount from Dan Gill and Lewistown Taxidermy.

Fresno Walleye Challenge - Fresno - June 14-15th - COMPLETE
Canyon Ferry Walleye Festival - Canyon Ferry - June 28-29th - COMPLETE
Tiber Walleye Tourney - Lake Elwell - July 26-27 COMPLETE
Fall Classic - Crooked Creek, Fourchette Bay - August 9-10th COMPLETE

Click here for the Official 2014 Tournament Rules

2014 Fall Classic Walleye Tournament

(Crooked Creek Bay or Fourchette Bay August 9th and 10th 2014)

Hello tournament anglers,

The purpose of this letter is to provide some details in regards to the tournament this summer. We will be able to host the tournament out of Crooked Creek this summer. We are looking forward to being back down there again this year. The boundaries for the tournament will be Soda Creek for the west boundary and the Seven Blackfoot drainage for the east boundary.

There will be many prizes this year, as in years past. I am pleased to announce that along with cash payouts, Fenwick will be providing sets of Walleye rods to the top five overall placing teams at the tournament. We will also be paying out for biggest Walleye, Northern Pike, and Smallmouth Bass for each day. There will also be additional payouts for top Mixed Couples, Adult/Child, and Dinosaur divisions, just to name a few. It is shaping up to be a fun filled weekend down at the lake.

The Crooked Creek Marina will be open this summer and they will have gas, ice, and some other miscellaneous products down there. The owner is working on obtaining high octane, ethanol-free gas to sell. They will be open on weekends throughout the summer, and will be open the whole week before the tournament as well as through the duration of the tournament. While the Marina will be open, remember this will still be a remote tournament.

Also, be watching the mail if you are registered for the tournament. I am in the processes of building an informational letter for the tournament that will be mailed to the first team member listed on the applications I receive. This will outline some tournament details, as well as ensure that what I have you entered for is correct. This letter will also include a boundary map outlining the location of the weigh boats.

The rules meeting will be Friday night, August 8th, at 6 pm at the tournament headquarters in the campground. At least one team member will need to attend the rules meeting that night. On Saturday night, the meal will once again be provided by Pourman’s Café in Lewistown, MT.

There are about 28 spots open for the tournament (As of June 30, 2014). Applications for the tournament can be found in FishTales or on the Montana Walleyes Unlimited website. I will not be down to the lake until Wednesday before the tournament. Therefore, I will still be able to received mailed applications during the last week of July. If you are not sure if I will get it in time, just call me and let me know.

If you have any more questions regarding the tournament, please do not hesitate to call or email me. I will get back to you as soon as possible.

Look forward to seeing you all down there,
Orrin Pyrah

FP Circuit

Fort Peck Circuit Kickoff

Rock Creek Tournament - Fort Peck - June 7-8 - COMPLETE
MT Governor's Cup - Fort Peck - July 10-12 - COMPLETE
Hell Creek Tournament - Fort Peck - July 26-27 - COMPLETE

New this year, Wild West Wee Walleye Award - $500 payout for the smallest walleye caught and released.


Other Tournaments

Yellowtail Tournament
Walleye and Sauger to be scored!! (first sauger allowed in tournaments in many many years).
Oct 4-5 out of Barry's landing with $10,000 guaranteed first place and a tagged fish worth up to $250,000.
100 teams and payouts depending on number of entries after first place paid out.
Yellowtail Tournament

The Broadwater Rod & Gun Club Walleye Derby
July 12, 2014 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM on Canyon Ferry out of Broadwater Bay at the Silos.
90 two-person teams with a $1,000 first prize based on a full field. Each of the three team categories will have cash prizes
Three categories of two-person teams will compete-- female/female, male/female and adult/child(17 & under) Broad Water Rod and Gun Club

Location: Hauser Lake, York Bridge Fishing Access Site
Date: Saturday, August 9, 2014 Fishing Time: 8:30am to 2:30pm
Contest Rules Meeting and Boat Inspection: 7:30am
Fishing Boundaries: Base of Canyon Ferry Dam to Hauser Dam and Causeway Arm
John Arnold Derby

Womens Tournament
Glasgow Fort Peck Chapter Womens Walleye Tournament Aug. 2nd 2014
Contact Jill Meiers, Glasgow Ft.Peck Chapter Secretary at 263-7553 if you have questions.
Glasgow Fort Peck Womens Tournament



2014 Tournament Results

Fort Peck Championship Series final results

Below is the final results for the Fort Peck Championship series. Congratulations to the top 10 listed below

1st - Cody Martinez and Doug Quast of Billings
2nd - JR Rasmusan and Norm Sillerud of Glasgow
3rd - Kyle Vine of Vida
4th - Clint and Layne Thomas of Jordan
5th - Todd Dooley of Sidney and Randy Hurst of Fariview
6th - Gene Pronto of WolfPoint
7th - Ron McNary of Willston, ND
8th - Matt Poole of Glasgow
9th - Jerome Papineau of Miles City
10th - Tyler Vine of Bozeman

2014 Fort Peck Champs

Walleyes Unlimited Angler of the Year

Below is the revised 2014 Montana Walleye Circuit Standings for Angler of the Year. The Mixed Couple and Adult child are also available at the links below. Congratulations to the top 10 listed below

1st - Tim Marsh of East Helena
2nd - Darren Raney of Livingston
3rd - Scott Achilles of Great Falls
4th - Jason Mundel of Coram
5th - Gordon Matson of Ennis
6th - Tanya Matson of Ennis
7th - Ray Cole of Great Falls
8th - Steve Thomas of Great Falls
9th - Kim Kumm of Great Falls
10th - Phil Kumm of Great Falls

2014 Angler of the Year
2014 Mixed Couples
2014 Adult Child

Hell Creek Tournament Results

1st place Keller-Dasinger & 2nd place Thomas-Thomas
2nd place Clint and Layne Thomas 34.44#
3rd place Gred & Brad Carstens 33.13#
Cody Martinez - Doug Quast 4th place 28.76#

2014 Hell Creek Results

Tiber Tournament

Congratulations to everyone who fished in the Tiber Tournament this past weekend. Below are the top 5 finishers and final results.

1 Ryan Roberts and Fred Roberts - 34.72lbs $4650 total payout
2 Mike McCabe and Dean McCabe - 30.99lbs $2,850 total payout
3 Darren Raney and Scott Achilles 29.43lbs $1,700 total payout
4 Darrell Archey and Robert Sherer 29.22lbs $1500 total payout
5 Gordon Matson and Tanya Matson 28.22lbs $1400 total payout

2014 Tiber Results

Montana Gov Cup Tournament

Congratulations to everyone who fished the Montana Gov Cup this past weekend. Below are the top five finishers and final results.

1st Jesse and Monica Reuter Mixed Couple total 44.05 lbs
2nd Kyle Vine and Colby Tocnetti Adult Team total 42.04 lbs
3rd Marvin Johnson and Donald Johnson Adult Team total 37.17 lbs
4th David Corns and Joe Baird Adult Team total 33.9 lbs
5th Chris and Jessica Kwasney Mixed Couple total 32.7 lbs

2014 Governors Cup Results

Broadwater Rod and Gun Club Tournament

On July 12, 2014 The Broadwater Rod and Gun Club held its Annual Walleye Derby on Canyon Ferry Lake. Sponsors were State Bank of Townsend and Townsend Marine. 54 teams took off from Broadwater Bay at the Silos at 8:30am. There were 6 teams of female/female, 25 teams of female/male and 23 teams of adult/child. In addition to the $300 prize in the adult/child category, new this year was an additional prize. Townsend Marine joined forces with Lund to bring the Angler and Young Angler (AYA) program to the BRGC Derby for the first time ever. Courtesy of Townsend Marine and Lund the winning adult/child team received a Lund A-12 boat, 5HP Mercury motor and a Shoreland’r trailer as well as the opportunity to participate in the International Championship in August in Ontario Canada. Townsend Marine also supplied $500 to be used as travel money to get to Canada. 2nd place adult/child received $175 and Motor Guide electric trolling motor donated by Townsend Marine and for 3rd place $ and Lowrance depth finder donated by Townsend Marine. Designer Tackle and the Flamingo Grill also donated to the Derby. Results are as follows:

Adult/Child Teams:
1st place: $300 Ryker Bair and Kirk Flynn 2nd place: $175 Randy & Calysta Larson 3rd place: $150 Jack and Sean Dolan 4th place: $140 Chris and Tyler Simmons 5th place: $130 Kindra and Kyzlee Turney 6th place: $120 Lonnie and Becky Wirtz

Female/Female Teams:
1st place: $300 Tessa Damuth & Peyton Vogl 2nd place: $175 Lois Hatfield & Beverlee Fredrick

Female/Male Teams:
1st place $300 Gordon and Tanya Matson 2nd place: $175 Ron Gollehon and Roxanne Taylor 3rd place: $150 Brent Mikula and Julie Zeigler 4th place: $140 Duane Meier and Heather Buffington 5th place: $130 Tom and Roxanne Tubbs 6th place: $120 Rob and Brandi Mott 7th place: $110 Darrin and Anissa Buffington

1st place overall: $600 Ryker Bair and Kirk Flynn
Big Walleye: $440 Ryker Bair and Kirk Flynn
Big Carp: $155 Shawna McCartney and Rachel Stubbendeck

For more information: Doug Breker at 406-266-5279

2014 Canyon Ferry Festival

1st - Kirk Flynn and Sean Dolan - 36.06 lbs - $10,125 Payout
2nd - Ron White and Jeff Ingram - 32.44 lbs - $5,000 Payout
3rd - Kyle Sando and Dalon Dyke - 29.39 lbs -$2,500 Payout

2014 Canyon Ferry Festival Results

2014 Fresno Challenge

Congratulations to all team's who participated in the 2014 Fresno Tournament.

1st - Darren Raney - Scott Achilles - 28.28 lbs
Top Mix - Tanya and Gordon Matson - 22.78 lbs
Top Adult Child - Dan and Kasey Chovanak - 20.29 lbs
Largest Walleye - TIE - Wayne and Bary Mumms and Marvin Monroe and Ruben Hernandez - 6.06 lbs
Click on the link below for complete results

2014 Fresno Challenge Results

2014 Rock Creek Results

Pictured are Kyle Vine and Colby Tognetti, Chuck Patterson and Steve Gorm, and Doug Quast and Cody Martinez. (Photos by Darla Downs)

Mother Nature cooperated with last weekend’s Rock Creek Walleye Tournament, giving anglers near-perfect fishing weather for the two-day tournament.

With just a breeze blowing across the water and temperatures that reached the mid-70s, 71 two-person teams hit the water Saturday and Sunday, June 7-8, to match wits against the wily walleye of Fort Peck Reservoir in a quest for prize money..

Cody Martinez and Doug Quast, both of Billings, took first place with 41.52 pounds of walleye, followed by Randy Murie of Alexander, N.D., and William “Buzzy” Redfield of Sidney took second with 38.48 pounds. .
Glasgow anglers JR Rasmusan and Norm Sillerud took third with 38.04 pounds of walleye. Luke Sundby of Williston, N.D., and Jake Hazenbiler of Belle Fourche, S.D., took fourth place with 36.7 pounds of walleye. .
Tanner Pronto of Harlem and Gene Pronto of Wolf Point took fifth place with 35.84 pounds of walleye. In sixth place were Scott Woodward and Kim Knudson of Glendive with 34.82 pounds..
Rounding out the top 10 were Wolf Point anglers Paul Wemmer and Ted Toavs, eighth, 33.52; Shawn Hooks and Eric Jaeger, ninth, 33.5; and Matt Poole and Pete Bertram, 10th, 32.24..
Top adult/child team was Matt and Blake Cowen of Billings with 33.94 pounds, putting them in seventh place overall..
Top mixed couple team was Carl and Cathy Seil-stad of Roy, with 29.18 pounds of walleye which gave them 15th place overall..
Troy and Jamie Egge took 20th place and were second place for mixed couple with 26.46 pounds of walleye. They also won the Cool Under Pressure.
New this year was the Wild West Wee Walleye Award, sponsored by the Wolf Point Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, which earned $250 for the team with the smallest walleye under 10 inches weighed each day. Saturday, Martinez and Quast took the Wee Walleye prize money with a 7-inch walleye. Colby Tognetti of Bismarck, N.D., and Kyle Vine of Vida won Wee Walleye Award on Sunday with their 7-inch walleye

1st - Doug Quast and Cody Martinez total 41.52 pounds
2nd - Randy Murie and William Redfield total 38.48 pounds
3rd - Norm Sillerud and JR Rasmusan total 38.04 pounds
Adult child - Matt and Blake Cowen total 33.94 pounds
Mixed couple - Carl and Cathy Seilstad total 29.18 pounds

Click on the link below for complete results

2014 Rock Creek Tournament Results

Jordan Walleyes Unlimited - Tough Guy Tournament

The April 20th Jordan tournament was another success. 34 Teams braved the 50 degree weather with excellent fishing. 11 of the 34 teams finished with 5 fish limits. The largest walleye was caught by Chris Kwasney and Kane Mury at 30.5 inches. Chris and Kane also took first in the event with Clyde and Brem Phipps comining in second.

Click on the link below for complete results

2014 Tough Guy Tournament Results

2013 Tournament Results

Click here for full results from 2013

2012 Tournament Results

Click here for full results from 2012

2011 Tournament Results

Click here for full results from 2011

2010 Results

Montana Circuit - Angler Of The Year
Montana Circuit - Adult Child
Montana Circuit - Mixed Couple
Fort Peck Champs
Canyon Ferry Festival
Fall Classic
Fresno Challenge
Fall Finale
Governors Cup
Hell Creek
Tiber Tournament
Rock Creek

2009 Results

Angler Of The Year
Canyon Ferry Festival
Fall Classic
Fresno Challenge
Fall Finale
Governors Cup
Hell Creek
Tiber Tournament
Rock Creek

2008 Results

Canyon Ferry Festival
Fresno Challenge
Governors Cup
Hell Creek
Tiber Tournament
Rock Creek

2007 Results

Canyon Ferry Festival
Fresno Challenge
Tiber Tournament
Rock Creek

2006 Results

Canyon Ferry Festival
Fresno Challenge
Tiber Tournament
Rock Creek