Posted: JANUARY 29 2016

40 Years and Stronger than ever: Devils Lake Chamber Walleye Tournament


The 40th annual Devils Lake Chamber walleye tournament, with $60,000 in prizes, is slated for June 24-25. The North Dakota event attracts 2-person teams from across the Midwest, all vying for the $5,000 guaranteed first place cash prize. Last year’s walleye winners, Jarvis and Mike Kaderlik, netted 47.99 pounds.

The father-son team from Mankato (dad Mike), MN and Bismarck (son Travis), caught nearly 200 walleyes during the two day event, and didn’t keep any unless they hit the 22-inch mark. “This is a great excuse to fish with my son,” Mike said, “And, we’ll do it again.” They cast Rattlin’ Raps and Jointed Rapalas in 2 to 10 feet of water over and through weeds in the Pelican Lake area of Devils Lake.

The weigh-in ceremonies hosted by tournament director, guide and world champion walleye angler Johnnie Candle will be streamed live from Graham’s Island State Park. The early bird deadline is March 31, and five early-bird teams will be drawn for complimentary entry fees in the 2016 tournament. All team members will receive a Cabela’s jacket, and will be eligible for daily big fish prizes. For the 40th anniversary tournament, the Chamber of Commerce will award the 40th entry received free entry into the tournament, along with tournament shirts.

Largest walleye each day is worth $500.  Largest pike daily pays $250. The day-two northern pike shootout is an optional tournament for those out of contention after the first day. Last year Cory Anderson and Ken Remmen won the shootout with 16.3 pounds. The largest white bass pays $100, and the largest perch each day is worth $100.

For the youngest team, Zach and Garrett Schemionek, age 17 and 20, the 2014 Chamber tournament was their first competitive event, and they entered again last year, and will be back this summer. They would like to see more young people enter. “This is a blast and we sure learned a lot,” they said. If both team members are under 21, the entry fee is $235, compared to the normal $275 fee.

A special kid’s fishing clinic will be conducted after Saturday’s weigh-in at Graham’s Island State Park with a limited amount of rods and reels to be given away. The latest fishing and tournament details can be found at The website features a comprehensive list of fishing guides plus the latest lake conditions, events, resorts, lodging and restaurant news plus a helpful map. The tournament application is posted online. For tournament director questions, call 701-371-9431; for Chamber/Tourism information, call 701-662-4903.

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