SDTA Annual Ice Fishing Tournament

Greetings all, the 4th annual SDTA ice fishing was held February 10, 2018 at the Black Claw Bait & Tavern on Indian Springs near Clark, SD. I want to take a moment to thank all 128 contestants for braving the 18 below zero temperature to make this year’s tournament the largest to date! The fishing this year was slow but there were some very nice fish caught, the winners are as follows: Largest Walleye, 9.2 Lbs. – Colton Wientjens, Total lbs. walleye 1st – 13.3 lbs. Travis Pieschke, 2nd – 13.1 lbs. Corey Dawson, 3rd – 12.9 lbs. Lukas Weyh. Largest northern – 11.5 lbs. Tanner Huntington, there were no perch caught this year so the prize money was distributed/drawn for at the weigh ins. I would like to send some special thankyous out as well, first to the gang at the Black Claw Bait & Tavern, Marty, Val & Casey, thanks so much for the use of your beautiful facility, next a big thank you to Deb & Rose at the Double Barrel steakhouse in Henry. The Double Barrel hosted the weigh ins and provided us all with a great meal! To my wife Rocky for cooking 40 lbs. of pork loin, helping with all of the setup and most importantly for putting up with me the week leading up to the tournament. I’d also like to thank Bud Hart for taking a full day to help me gather door prizes and helping with setup. Thanks again to all that attended; I look forward to seeing you all on the ice again next year!

John Guest

SDTA – Secretary

A few pictures from the tournament.

Total Walleye Weight Winner 13.30 lbs-Travis P.

2nd Place Total Walleye Weight 13.10 lbs-Corey D.

3rd Place Total Walleye Weight 12.9 lbs-Lukas W.

Biggest Walleye-9.2 lbs-Colton W.

Biggest Northern-11.5 lbs-Tanner H.

Honorable Mention-6.6 lb Walleye-Ian J.