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Berg Construction Walleye Cup

Updated: 05/21/2014 10:59 PM
Created: 05/21/2014 3:16 PM WDIO.com
By: Laura Kennedy
lkennedy@wdio.com

The walleye weren't too hungry on the Saint Louis River last weekend.

More than 100 anglers tried to land trophy fish in the fifth annual Berg Construction Walleye Cup. Charlie Nelson says it was a lowest catch rate in tournament history.

"We had almost 28 boats come up dry out of 60 so it was tough," Nelson said. "We started doing the calculating and I think it was 14 manhours per fish."

Kyle and Joshua Berg fished the tournament together. They say getting a bite is all trial and error.

"A little bit of everything, crank baits, worms, anything to try to catch a fish when it's this slow," Joshua said.

"You gotta try different things, you gotta get to where the fish are, hit them at the right time," Kyle said. "Hopefully hit them in the head."

Not everyone came up empty though. The winning team caught eight fish for a combined length of more than 180 inches. The others got to enjoy the weather, at least.

"Finally beautiful weather, gotta admit," said Dave Nelson, president of the Twin Ports Walleye Association. "Usually we end up with fog and rain. It was nice to get the dust off the boat."

Nelson says the Twin Ports Walleye Association is passionate about fishery conservation. That's one of the reasons this tournament is a catch, photo, and release event.

"You take pictures of your four biggest fish, mark them down on a scorecard and let them go when you're done," Nelson said. "Bring in the scorecard, the longest length wins."

The goal is to keep the walleye numbers up so this tournament can continue.

"Our whole idea is to promote the ethical sport of walleye fishing," Charlie Nelson said. "It's important to release some of the nicer fish. Our goal is to catch big fish. You don't want to be chopping all those up. Yhose are the primary spawners."

"There's a lot of competition on this water," Kyle Berg said. "Lot of fishermen, great guys, lot of fun."

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