Northern State Wolves fans who also fish get fired up for the Wolves on the Water Walleye Tournament.
The 24th annual tourney on the Missouri River is May 11-12 with tourney headquarters at New Evarts Lodge and Grill in Walth's Bay near Glenham. Along with the fishing, there will be prizes, raising money for NSU athletic scholarships and reuniting with old friends.
We have over $50,000 in tournament payouts and prizes, including 17 guns, hundreds of Pro Walleye Rods, flat screen televisions, GPS units, depth finders, tool sets, rain gear, Gerber knives and more, said Zach Flakus, director of athletic development at Northern State and tournament committee member.
Tournament activities kick off May 11 under the big tent with registration and social hour, followed with a popular rib-eye steak banquet, raffles, big fish contest, live auctions, calcutta and multiple gun give-away. Wildlife artist John Green will have exclusive Wolves on the Water custom prints available. Actual tournament fishing is the next day.
This is a great tournament and has a great history, Flakus said. Fifteen years ago, Northern State University actually discontinued the tournament for one year due to lack of teams entered. A group of local anglers including Ken Fiedler, Jim White, the late Dennis Gross, Marlin Heitmann, Bill Hinds and others, volunteered to work with the Wolves Club to form a Wolves on the Water committee.
The Wolves on the Water event has now grown into one of the largest walleye tournaments in the five-state region, traditionally filling 140 teams of three anglers each.
The committee members work very hard each year to assure all participants have a wonderful time, said Kevin Fiedler, a former NSU football player, Aberdeen resident and regional business owner. I truly believe this event would have never become the premiere walleye tournament it is without individuals having a great time.
As we all know, we cannot predict what Mother Nature will bring to us on tournament day and we cannot always tell the walleyes to bite, but overall, this tournament has been a blast for the teams, committee members, Northern State staff and coaches, said Fiedler, whose team took first place in the 2011 tournament. The event nets about $35,000 to $45,000 each year and some is used to help with expenses for the athletic department, but most of the funds are used mainly for scholarships for youth to attend Northern State University and further their education.
Fiedler added the tournament is a big boost to the Glenham and area economy with 140 three-angler teams.
Tourney details/registration: 605-626-7741 or nsuwolvesathletics.com.
2011: Quintin Schlomer (Glenham), Corey Fiedler (Sioux Falls, former Selby resident), Kevin Fiedler (Aberdeen) - 23.24 pounds of walleye caught.
2010: Randi Erickson (Pierre), Bob Propst Jr. (Pierre), Aaron Miller (Pierre) - 25.98 pounds.
2009: Ken Thompson (Faulkton), Brent Reilly (Selby), Eric Martinmass (Orient) - 18.62 pounds.
2008: Denny Palmer (Mobridge), Brent Kemnitz (Mobridge), Rod Kluess (Groton) - 25.43 pounds.
2007: Jeremy Hoffman (Bowdle), Brandon Beitelspacher (Bowdle) - 24.62 pounds.
2006: Colin Beitelspacher (Sioux Falls), Brent Beitelspacher (Gettysburg), Cory Jueneman (Mobridge) - 23.67 pounds.
2005: Jess Schilling (Akaska), Chad Schilling (Akaska), Shonda Carter (Akaska) - 17.57 pounds.
2004: Jim White (Huron), Jim White Jr. (Huron), Randall Stotz (Huron) - 20.17 pounds.
2003: Jess Schilling (Akaska), Chad Schilling (Akaska), Shonda Carter (Akaska) - 20.9 pounds.
2002: Jess Schilling (Akaska), Chad Schilling (Akaska), Shonda Carter (Akaska) - 14.61 pounds.
2001: Harry Sukut (Hecla), Duane Sukut (Aberdeen), Don Palmer (Aberdeen) - 20.28 pounds.
Editor's note: If you know other past winners, email to email@example.com.