Cory and Chris Kassube won first place in the 2017 Big Stone Walleye Classic on Big Stone Lake Saturday, June 17. The team took home $4,000 for reeling in six fish weighing 17.40 pounds. Dave Cornelius and Gary Roder finished second earning $2,400 for six fish at 17.30 pounds.
Ninety-nine two-man teams caught a total of 687.10 pounds of fish, up from 561.45 pounds last year. The number of fish caught was also up this year – 358 compared with 245 in 2016.
According to BSWC committee member Nicolle Berkner, the weather provided a challenge this year. The takeoff weather was calm and cool, but the wind picked up and the rain hit in the afternoon. “It was a great turnout, though, even with the weather,” Berkner stated.
The other prize-winning teams were: Dalton Koch and Devin Stricherz, 3rd ($1,800), six fish at 16.45 pounds; Jeremy Ohm and Justin Wittnebel, 4th ($1,400), six fish at 16.20 pounds; Randy Busk and Todd Goetschius, 5th ($1,200), six fish at 15.80 pounds; Derick Wenck and Mark Daschner, 6th ($900), six fish at 15.70 pounds; Rick Robinson and Dillon Robinson, 7th ($700), six fish at 15.35 pounds; Joe and Garret Christopherson, 8th ($500), six fish at 15.25 pounds; Jeff Jackson and Brock Jackson, 9th ($400), six fish at 14.55 pounds; Isaac Pauly and Mark Pauly, 10th ($300), six fish at 14.30 pounds; Mark Schlenker and Allen Schlenker, 11th ($200), six fish at 13.90 pounds; Kevin Jurgens and Nathan Jurgens, 12th ($200), six fish at 13.10 pounds; Scott Sampson and Dustie Roggeman, 13th ($200), five fish at 12.90 pounds; and Rick Kruse and Ashley Kruse, 14th ($200), six fish at 12.40 pounds.
The team of Mark Wright and Doug Devries won the Big Fish Award sponsored by Milbank Ford. They earned $500 for their 6 pound, 5 ounce fish. The duo was also awarded $100 and the Ninth Annual Jerry Dump Memorial Award.
Results for all teams bringing in fish were: Mark Wright/Doug Devries, five, 11.70 lbs; Dale Schultz/Eric Schultz, six, 11.55 lbs; Kip Koch/Bill Schellberg, six, 11.10 lbs; Tom Aho/Harvey Schaefer, six, 11.05 lbs; Bryan Koch/Josh Sykora, six, 11.05 lbs; Randy Viessman/Brian Prellwitz, six, 11.00 lbs; Richard Albrecht Sr/Richard Albrecht Jr, six, 10.85 lbs; John Haukos/Glenn Berdan, six, 10.65 lbs; Ben Teets/Trent Teets, five, 10.65 lbs; Mike Winter/Alan Konold, six, 10.60 lbs; Brian Hansen/Rodney Hansen, six, 1045 lbs; KJ Roggenbuck/Nate Spors, six, 10.45 lbs; Kevin Welberg/Craig Welberg, five, 10.40 lbs; Keven Berdan/Andy Berdan, six, 10.35 lbs; Dan Sunne/Chad Hauger, six, 9.75 lbs; Darin Sackreiter/Kenny Henriksen, four, 9.75 lbs; Shane Peiker/Derek Myers, six, 9.65 lbs; Stacy Homan/Bruce Zahn, five, 9.65 lbs; Grant Borns/Brian Peery, four, 9.30 lbs; Jeff Anderson/John Meyer, six, 9.25 lbs; Tom Albrecht/Matthew Albrecht, four, 9.15 lbs.
Patrick Miller/Cody Enger, five, 9.15 lbs; James Rudebusch/David Rudebusch, six, 9.10 lbs; Larry Cramer/Dale Cramer, six, 9.05 lbs; Paul Klapprodt/Gale Nitteberg, five, 9.05 lbs; Tim Tesch/Jim Hartman, five, 9.00 lbs; James Roth/Rod Coon, six, 9.00 lbs; Tyler DeBoer/Jason Bear, two, 8.95 lbs; Wade Davis/Josh Davis, six, 8.90 lbs; Monty Athey/Jackson Athey, six, 8.75 lbs; Brad Berkner/Mark Hartman, five, 8.50 lbs; Scott Roelke/John Thomas, five, 8.35 lbs; Jason Ackerman/Brittany Ackerman, five, 8.20 lbs; Jerry Albrecht/Andrew Albrecht, six, 8.00 lbs; Jim Forrette/David Forrette, four, 7.70 lbs; Brandon Trapp/Shawn Wellnitz, three, 7.65 lbs; Eric Warner/Jeff Wirkus, five, 7.05 lbs; David Albrecht Sr/David Albrecht Jr, four, 7.00 lbs; Ben Graf/Tim Graf, five, 6.55 lbs; Tyler Fredricksen/Kolz Mastel, four, 6.50 lbs; Mike Boyum/Clay Boyum, four, 6.25 lbs; Michael Zirbel/Kyle Hubsch, four, 5.75 lbs; Landon Hammer/Logan Hammer, four, 5.75 lbs; Jack Albrecht Sr/Jack Albrecht Jr, four, 5.60 lbs; Josh Kellen/Kyle Schweer, four, 5.25 lbs.
Cory Davis/Mike Van Lith, three, 5.10 lbs; Joe Arndt/Tanner Arndt, three, 4.85 lbs; Allen Guse/Derek Guse, three, 4.45 lbs; John Vissers/Thomas Vissers, three, 4.45 lbs; Steve Young/Ashley Conrad, three, 4.25 lbs; Rolly Karles/Nate Treinen, two, 4.05 lbs; Kevin Seehafer/Haley Seehafer, three, 4.05 lbs; Dennis Kellner/Benjamin Kellner, three, 4.00 lbs; Mark Davies/Stan Griffith, three, 4.00 lbs; Jeff Schmidt/Marlan Schmidt, three, 3.90 lbs; Mike Maher/Chase Maher, one, 3.75 lbs; Jackson Graf/Jimmy Graf, two, 3.40 lbs; Mike Lee/Ana Lee, two, 3.35 lbs; Mark Willand/Danny Lee, two, 3.20 lbs; Steve Cramer/Kirk Baldwin, two, 2.90 lbs; Paul Weber/John Kisgen, one, 2.90 lbs; Brad Jensen/Leallen Endres, two, 2.65 lbs; Scott Albrecht/Doug Smith, one, 2.40 lbs; Terry Patnoe/Kelly Schultz, one, 1.45 lbs; Chris Berkner/Sheldon Korth, one, 1.40 lbs; Mike Boskovich/Shane Boskovich, one, 1.35 lbs; Dustin Kindelberger/Garth Haukos, one, 1.25 lbs.