Final walleye contest draws 24 boats to Koronis

This article submitted on 8/25/99.

The Paynesville Sportsmen's Club final walleye contest drew 24 boats to Lake Koronis on Sunday, Aug. 15. For the final contest, the two-person teams needed to gain eligibility by competing in a previous tournament this summer, said Jim Stanger, one of the organizers. The club offers two walleye tournaments in May, two in June, and two in July, all on Tuesday nights. The tournaments alternated between Rice Lake and Lake Koronis. The cost is $19.99 per boat.

On Aug. 15, the fishing started at 8 a.m. and finished at 3 p.m. Each boat had a limit of six fish. Winning the tournament were Dave Heitke and John Liestman with a catch of 12 pounds 8 ounces. Runners-up were Paul Deadrick and Dave Vig with 11 pounds 9 ounces. Barry Flanders and Denny Spaulding were third with 10 pounds 6 ounces; Pat and Rick Deegan were fourth with 10 pounds 1 ounce. In fifth were Cory Deadrick and Chris Oeltjenbruns with 9 pounds 4 ounces.

Payouts went to the top five finishers, with trophies to the top three. The prize and trophy for biggest fish went to John Frederick and Dave Peschong for a fish weighing three pounds four ounces. The awards ceremony was held at the Prairie Sports Lodge at the Tri-County Rangers' trap range.

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