You might remember reading here that it took 97.03 lbs for 10 fish to win the Crooked Creek (pronounced “crick” in MT) tourney on Fort Peck not too long ago. After messaging with TW reader Ron Boggs I found out there were several other teams in the 80+ lb range and he heard there were 57 walleyes over 30″ weighed! Let that soak in a minute….
Ron said that MT tourneys do a length-to-weight conversion to get what to him are “estimated” weights, but wanted to note that “lengths are not self-reported. Official measure boats are stationed around the tournament zone doing official measurements with calibrated tube-shaped measure boards. Lengths are legit.”
He said there’s a fellow in his office that was fishing beside the winners and “they were using the Jigging Rap/Shiver Minnow technique.” But that us Midwesterners might be surprised how most-rest of the field was catching ’em:
> “…fishing crankbaits and stickbaits deep behind leadcore and ticking the tops of submerged trees in 30’+. I know that pattern extended into adjacent flats as well, but working the trees — similar to what’s done in upper Oahe Reservoir in SD — was the ticket for many of the top teams at the 2020 Crooked Creek tournament.”
I love catching big walleyes but not sure I’d be willing to donate enough cranks to trees to make that bite happen lol. Pretty dang cool though. Thx for the info, Ron!!!