Savvy downriver anglers win Wyandotte walleye tourney

Photo by Daniel Gretzner
Steve Stover (left) and John Wallen are happy anglers. they are the winners of the Wyandotte Boat Ramp Walley Tournament.

Fishing tournaments are a lot of fun, especially for experienced anglers. These events are held on and off at various marina locations throughout the greater Downriver shoreline and encompass the Detroit River and Lake Erie. Fish species most pupular include walleyes, large and small-mouth bass, musky and perch.

A brand new event got underway last week, when a tournament was held July 28th within the city of Wyandotte. The First Annual Wyandotte Boat Ramp Fishing Tournament took place. By invitation only, more than a dozen local fisherman participated on a fine summer day.

Tournament first place winners were John Wallen and his partner Steve Stover; both were once former classmates at Roosevelt High School. Their walleye catch weighed in at 10.5 pounds and was deemed good enough to take the top spot. They were presented the “Winner’s Plaque” by Boat Ramp personnel and staff officials.

Wallen and Stover caught the majority of their walleyes by jigging along the nearby channels in around 30-feet of water.

“It was a good day for fishing and we caught some nice sized ones real early and before the noon deadline,” Stover said.

Stover was the driving force in making the tourney happen for the mostly regular clientele that frequent the Wyandotte Boat Ramp premises and launch site. The anglers that participated in the event are all boat owners and savvy fishermen who have spent a few years out on the nearby waterways.

Second place went to Randy Ortocan and Ricky Holmes while Third place was taken by Vince Garcza and Eugene Howard. Money prizes were given out with the plaque going to the winning team.

George Cambell, Boat Yard’s CEO and his chief of staff assistant, who goes by the name “Butch,” declared the local tourney a success and look forward to hosting a similar event next summer.