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2016 Valentine Chamber Of Commerce CorK Thornton memorial Ice Fishing Tournament

This years Valentine Chamber tournament was held on the twelve inches of ice on Alkali Lake south of Valentine, NE. with thirty teams hitting the ice during excellent weather conditions.  This was a catch and release tournament with the length being converted to pounds. A total of one hundred-twenty four fish were weighed and releases.

Coming out on top was the team of Don Cox, Mullen, NE and Dave Fehlhafer, Donopin, NE. with 17 crappies 9″ t 12″ that weighed 13.5 pounds and a 20″ catfish at 3 pounds, 25″ pike at 4.4 pounds for a total weight of 20.9 pounds. In second was the team of Jim & Chris Elliott, Valentine, NE. with the largest fish of the tournament, a 12.2 pound pike and a total weight of 18.6 pounds. In third place with 18.3 pounds,was the defending champions team  of Dan Priel, Cambridge, NE. and Kent Priel, North Platte, NE. Merritt Tourney


Rounding out the top ten teams were:

4th Place   Marcus Dryak & Stan Dryak, Niobrara, NE.                  16.2 pounds

5th Place  Nick Larsen, Valentine, NE. & Jay Elliot, Omaha, NE.  14.4 pounds

6th Place  Brenton lammers, Lincoln, NE. & Alex Rohde, Laurel, NE.


Nebraska Walleye Association Lewis and Clark Tournament

Scott Ulrich and Heath Walter, Hartington, NE. along with twenty-nine other teams competed in the Nebraska Walleye Associations two-day tournament on Lewis and Clark Lake April 25, & 26.

As it does often in Nebraska, the wind howled on Saturday, making the run from Weigand Marina, the launch and weigh in location to the river above the lake, a rough ride.

Ulrich and Walter fished in the river above the lake, using jigs and chubs, bringing in five fish weighing 9.42 pounds with their largest fish for Saturday a 2.69-pound walleye, garnering them seventh place.

On Sunday morning, day two of the event, the contestants were greeted by a clear sky with less wind than they had on Saturday. [Read more…]