Walleye fishermen braved some inclement, wet weather for the 2014 Governorâ€™s Cup Walleye Tournament on Lake Roosevelt last Saturday and Sunday. More than 50 teams competed in the tournament, which is hosted by the Lake Roosevelt Walleye Club.
When the weights had been tabulated Sunday afternoon, the local team of Phillip Adams and Jerry Lawrence topped the 2014 Governorâ€™s Cup Tournament field with 29.42 pounds of walleye.
The duo caught a whopping 18.82 pounds of walleye on Saturday and despite a tougher day on the waters of Lake Roosevelt Sunday, finished with 10.60 pounds of fish to capture top money. Adams and Lawrence managed to land two walleye weighing in at more than six pounds apiece during the tournament.
Those two big fish (6.10 and 6.04) earned the champions Big Fish of the Day honors on Saturday and $400.
Sundayâ€™s Big Fish (4.34 pounds) was caught by the team of Arland/Twining.
Finishing second was the team of Dave Harrell and Sam Grant. They pulled in 12 pounds of walleye on day one and followed that up with 13.10 pounds on Sunday (25.10 pounds).
Third was the Kettle Falls husband/wife duo of Kathy and Greg Goodnight with 13.46 pounds of fish on day one and 11.50 pounds on Sunday (24.96 total).
First place was worth $3,661 this year. Second place money was $1,975 and third place picked up $1,549.
4th. Ron Charlton/Todd Priddy, 12.30/12.48 (24.78 total). 5th. James Mareth/Jeff Lathrop, 12.20/11.88 (24.08 total). 6th. Brian Coe/Jeff Race, 11.04/12.02 (23.06). 7th. Gareld Arland/Roy Twining, 9.96/12.89 (22.94). 8th. William McKern/Brett McKern, 11.64/11.26 (22.90). 9th. Don Ghramm/Craig Bircher, 10.62/10.46 (21.08). 10th. Ken Priddy/John Turney, 10.82/10.06 (20.88).
Check the Lake Roosevelt Walleye Club website for complete results on the 2014 tournament.
The first place Governorâ€™s Cup team was Stan and Jason Romig of Portland, OR.
This yearâ€™s tournament was sponsored by Clarkâ€™s Marine and Power Sports of Colville.
The tournament is one of the top stops on the eastern Washington walleye tournament circuit that counts among its stops the Rod Meseberg Spring Walleye Classic in early May; Big Wallyâ€™s/Valley Marine Spring Classic on Banks Lake in May and a stop in early June at Moses Lake. The Spokane Walleye Club hosted Washington State Walleye Championship will be contested on Lake Roosevelt July 26-27.