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#2286099 - 06/07/10 10:14 AM
Scotts Bait Tourny
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Does any body have any info on this tourny? Like when it takes place? and if they have any opening?

#2286346 - 06/07/10 02:42 PM
Re: Scotts Bait Tourny [Re: HOT SPOT]
Mark13:33 Offline
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Loc: Walleye, MN
June 18th and 19th, I think there is one or two spots open. 218.385.3390 is Scott's number...
#2286874 - 06/08/10 09:45 AM
Re: Scotts Bait Tourny [Re: Mark13:33]
lakesbison Offline
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Loc: ottertail
my god, is that 4 tourney's on Ottertail? why cant they limit it to 2 maybe 1 ?? what an absolute joke. there's a lake's sportsman's club this week too.

there is NO WAY this is good for Ottertail Lake, kill rate has to be there AFTER they let them go. (yea, they might keep them alive to weigh them, but once they release them, i see them along my shore the next morning.)
#2286920 - 06/08/10 10:32 AM
Re: Scotts Bait Tourny [Re: lakesbison]
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That would be three tourney's on Ottertail and they've been doing so for years. I say this, because if you've been out lately, the fishing on Ottertail is much better than it was 10 years ago.

Regarding kill rates, the first tournament does very little to the lake. The majority of the fish come out of less than 10 feet of water and it is typically plenty cold enough keeping kill rates at a very minimal number.

I'd like to see where you live to see them along the shore the next morning. If you have more than 2 or 3 shoot me a message and I'll swing by and change my tune.

In all honesty if you're wondering what is bad for the lake, I can give you plenty of answers to that question. The lack of a slot or signs promoting a slot is what hurts the lake. I was putting in at the South access the other day when I spotted a 25 inch walleye that had been filleted out and dumped right next to the dock. If you're worried about the lake, throw all fish above 18 inches and below 14 inches back in the lake. Winter fishing takes its toll on the lake more so than anything as people keep most everyting they catch and often times take fish from out deep. The third scenario would be the guides who take multiple limits off the lake each week. I've counted numerous guide services this summer and to their credit, they at least manage the fishery and let the bigger fish go.

Tournament fisherman are very good at catching fish and are very good at taking care of the fishery. I have read numerous reports on the issue and have no idea how many fish end up dying upon being caught, but do agree with the argument that if 1 out of 10 fish caught dies, roughly 30 fish die each weekend (based on 300 fish being caught in a tournament). Of the 50 teams in this tournament, 5 would probably be fishing the lake on a given weekend and would easily take 30 fish out of the lake which in my opinion cancels if not completely eliminates the argument that tournaments are bad for the lake.

Everyone uses the lake for different reasons, and though I may disagree with winter limits, jet skis, guides, tournaments, or other frustrations, we must respect the fact there is a time and a place for each as well as a discussion based on facts.
#2287173 - 06/08/10 01:52 PM
Re: Scotts Bait Tourny [Re: Mark13:33]
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lakesbison- if it was bad for the lake do you think the DNR would allow it after all the stocking that they do in that lake? I agree with Mark13:33 they need a slot limmit on the lake. Put a 14.5 or 15 in min and that lake will save THOUSANDS of walleyes every summer and winter. Personally I dont think 3 fishig tournaments are going to hurt the lake one bit. Whats hurting it is the people going out in the morning geting 6 going out that night keeping 6 and so on and so forth. LOWER THE LIMIT TO 4 and pust a slot all through out MN
#2289356 - 06/10/10 09:38 PM
Re: Scotts Bait Tourny [Re: HOT SPOT]
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Registered: 08/20/07
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Loc: Alexandria MN
I would love to see where all those walleyes are floating up on the lake because I dont think its happening! I fished that Wild 104.1 tournament and was out the next day (Sunday) The wind was blowing into Zorbaz where the weigh-in was and didnt see a fish by the access or the shore line! What did upset me was the people that were fishing and killing the fish as they were slip bobbering and hooking them deep. They would throw the fish back and it would go down and becuase I was downwind they would float up right about by my boat, not good. Plus all the big fish that yous see getting caught and put into the live wells. Just think all those big fish that the tournament anglers catch are going back into the lake not to a stomach! I dont tournaments hurt the lake one bit!

One last point, most tournaments these days wont let you weigh a dead fish, So the tournament anglers work extremely hard to keep those fish alive. If you think about it those fish are in the livewells get taken out for about 3 minutes and are back in the water good as new! I find it very hard to think that alot of those fish are floating up on your shoreline otherwise the DNR wouldnt allow the tournaments.

I also agree with HOT SPOT call the DNR if you have a problem, its not going to do much good on here.

Back to the good stuff! Scott's tournament is a great and well runned tournament the fishing should be great! Good luck to all those fishing in the tournament!
#2294581 - 06/18/10 03:06 PM
Re: Scotts Bait Tourny [Re: hhguide]
bumleg Offline
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Registered: 06/14/10
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Loc: minnesota
did all the boats stay floating today in the wind. any updates on how they did
#2295002 - 06/19/10 06:20 PM
Re: Scotts Bait Tourny [Re: bumleg]
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Loc: Walleye, MN
Your Top 10 in 2010:
1. Bret Setterholm and Jim Klick 12 - 15.12 / 13.48 = 28.60
2. Ron Wagner and Austin Lehn 12 - 12.28 / 15.80 = 28.08
3. Chad Sonnenberg and Goob 12 - 14.84 / 10.69 = 25.53
4. Larry Rick and Carl Casey 10 - 12.85 / 10.32 = 23.17
5. Tom Johnson and Wayne Johnson 12 - 14.04 / 7.59 = 21.63
6. Jason Hendrickx and Dwayne Roberts 12- 10.66 / 10.62 = 21.28
7. Todd Becker and Chad Anderson 12 - 12.76 / 8.14 = 20.90
8. Brad Carr and Jake Carr 10 - 5.14 / 14.80 = 19.94
9. Troy Salo and Jared Hotakainen 10 - 10.94 / 8.59 = 19.53
10. Brad Dirkman and Ben Bredenberg 12 - 9.75 / 9.56 = 19.31

Thanks to Scott Perala for running a great tournament. The wind on Friday was amazingly brutal and there was in all honesty no place to hide as it was blowing right down the tunnel. The bite was tough by Ottertail standards....
#2295204 - 06/20/10 10:27 AM
Re: Scotts Bait Tourny [Re: Mark13:33]
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Registered: 08/19/07
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Loc: Minnesota, Ottertail Country
i thought the teams did amazingly well. I was out yesterday morning and couldn't get hardly anything to bite except my motor and bouy marker. I ended up with three fish. I noticed most of the guys in the tournament were on the opposite side of the lake pretty much and may try that end this next week. I thought 12 fish is really good for what I experienced and some really nice fish caught.
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