Anglers getting ready for Boat Ramp Walleye tourney

Photo by Daniel Gretzner
Jim Saskewitch of Dearborn Heights scouts the Detroit River as he gets in practice for the Wyandotte Boat Ramp Walleye Tournament July 13.

Getting hooked on fishing is a common practice for many anglers in the greater Downriver/Dearborn area. Official entries in the Wyandotte Boat Ramp Walleye Tournament began this past weekend and runs through the first 12 days of July.

George Cambell, manager of the boating facility, said the event is limited to the U.S. side of the Detroit River, meaning Canadian waters are excluded.

Steve Stover, coordinator of the second annual event scheduled for July 13, said, “We are expecting over a dozen or more entries in our tourney this summer. Competition between local anglers will be tough.”

Among the entries will be team captain Jim Saskewitch of Dearborn Heights.

“I have been fishing since I was a little kid and I will be part of the walleye classic along with a partner,” Saskewitch said.

Other entries include E.J. and Vince Garza, both of Wyandotte. They came in third place last year, but expect to improve.

“We have been out scouting the river quite often, getting ready to make a good showing,” Vince Garza said.

Last years winner’s, Steve Stover (Southgate) and his partner, John Wallen (Wyandotte), caught three fish with a total weight of 10.5 pounds.

The tourney has a $20-dollar-per-person entry fee and cash prizes go to the top three places. A time element from 7 a.m. to noon will be enforced and a 12:30 p.m. weigh-in will take place at the ramp.

Anglers and those interested in the event can obtain further information by calling 734-626-2604 or 734-284-6774.