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Bemidji area anglers among top finishers at Cass Lake walleye tournament

Many Bemidji area anglers participated in last weekend’s MWC tournament on the Cass Lake chain. Among the local fishermen who fared very well were: front row (left to right), Jerry Cleveland, Kelly Juelson, Scott Larson, Miles Nelson and Heather Brosdahl. Back row, Tim Reiplinger, Jay Reiplinger, Dan Fuller, Kyle Menke, Harold Lueck, Steve Weickert, Brian Pater, Brian Brosdahl and Joe Balcer.

CASS LAKE – Area anglers Mark Christianson of Walker and Harold Lueck of Laporte caught 10 walleyes weighing 32.51 pounds Friday and Saturday and claimed second place in the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit tournament held on the Cass Lake chain.

Christianson and Lueck led after Friday’s opening day with 18.88 pounds. On Saturday they landed 13.63 pounds but Travor Diegel and Paul Steffen of Pierre, S.D. brought in a 19.34 weight to overtake Christianson and Lueck. Steffen and Diegel had a two-day weight of 32.88 pounds and edged Christianson and Lueck by only 0.37 pounds.

Their reward for winning the 82-boat tournament was $17,400 in cash and prizes.

Steffen and Diegel also won last fall’s Cabela’s MWC tournament on Cass Lake.

“Winning two in a row here, against the phenomenal local anglers and traveling teams in the field, is incredible,” Steffen said following Saturday’s weigh-in at Stony Point Resort.

The winners targeted breaklines on Cass Lake and Pike Bay with a variety of presentations including jigs, crawler harnesses and crankbaits.

Christianson and Lueck earned $6,800 for second place.

Other area teams in the top-10 were Dan Fuller and Kyle Menke of Bemidji who finished fifth (30.06 pounds), Kelly Juelson of Hines and Jay Reiplinger of Bemidji who placed sixth (27.22), Scott Larson and Brian Peter of Blackduck who were seventh (26.87) and Dan Stier of Mina and Carl Adams of Blackduck who were 10th (26.51).

Cass Lake Results

Top 5 Finishers

1-Diegel and Steffen (Pierre), 32.88

2-Mark Christianson (Walker) and Harold Lueck (Laporte), 32.51

3-Olson (Andover) and Carroll (Oswego, Ill.) 30.28

4-Dube (Brooklyn Park) and Broderick (Osakis), 30.08

5-Dan Fuller and Kyle Menke (Bemidji), 30.06

Other Area Finishers

6-Kelly Juelson (Hines) and Jay Reiplinger (Bemidji), 27.22

7-Scott Larson and Brian Pater (Blackduck), 26.87

8-Heather and Brian Brosdahl (Max), 26.53

10-Daniel Stier (Mina) and Carl Adams (Blackduck), 26.51

12-Jerry Bergeron (Cass Lake) and Steve Weickert (Bemidji), 24.73

14-Jerry Cleveland (Bemidji) and Tim Reiplinger (Cass Lake), 23.22

19-Chuck Barth (Melrose) and Perry Dreyer (Laporte), 22.28

21-Dean Kvalevog (Bemidji) and Toby Kvalevog (Brainerd), 21.64

23-Bucky Leeper (Guthrie) and Chad Benson (Bemidji), 21.10

24-Kevin Ellis and Scott Gregerson (Cass Lake) 20.28

27-Allan Ruzek and Joel Norenberg (Cass Lake), 20.00

45-Andy Fisher (Tenstrike) and Andrew Ramberg (Laporte) 15.60

60-Alan Binkley and Luke Glime (Bemidji) 12.09

74-Dustin Solberg (Bemidji) and Jeffrey Lofgren (Pinewood) 6.78

75-Corey Frazer (Cass Lake) and Dave Tomas (New Brighton) 6.66

80-Mike Winkler and Trent Eineicher (Bemidji) 3.02

Pat Miller

Pat Miller is the sports editor at the Pioneer.

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