Walleye pro Chad Schilling of Akaska, S.D., weighed in five walleyes for 31.18 pounds — better than a 6-pound average — to lead the pack after Thursday’s first day of the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour championship on Devils Lake.
A total of 77 pro anglers and 77 amateur co-anglers are fishing the tournament, which continues Friday. The top 10 pros and co-anglers after Friday will face off Saturday for the championship. Grahams Island State Park is tournament headquarters.
Rounding out the top five were:
- Second: Scott Larson, Mayville, N.D., 27.52 pounds, five walleyes.
- Third: Ed Stachowski, Canton, Mich., 26.41 pounds, five walleyes.
- Fourth: Paul Steffen, Pierre, S.D., 25.14 pounds, five walleyes.
- Fifth: Rick Olson, Mina Lake, S.D., 22.46 pounds, five walleyes.
Co-anglers fishing with the top five pros were, from first to fifth: Mike Utley, Zumbrota, Minn.; Clint Glass, Colorado Springs, Colo.; Scott Cisewski, Stevens Point, Wis.; Jimmy Cox, Bono, Ark; and John Hoyer, Orono, Minn.
Brian Brosdahl, a northern Minnesota fishing guide and ice fishing promoter who’ll be featured in a story on the Herald’s Sunday Outdoors section cover, was in 37th place after the first day, with four walleyes for 13.22 pounds.
For a full listing of day one results, go to www.nationalwalleyetour.com/live-leaderboard/.