Big turnout for annual Fenwick Fall Classic

Don Pyrah

Ray Cole (left) and Steve Thomas of Great Falls earned rods from Fenwick and a big paycheck for winning the Fall Classic. The team caught 51.5 pounds of walleye over two days.
 Photo courtesy of Don Pyrah

Randy and Dave Snyder were the top finishing local team at last weekend’s Fenwick Fall Classic held at Crooked Creek Marina on Fort Peck Lake. The Lewistown team finished in sixth place overall.  
Photo courtesy of Don Pyrah

The Fenwick Fall Classic was held on Aug. 6 and Aug. 7 at the Crooked Creek Marina. Thanks are due to Destry and Beth for their excellent hospitality and meals for the event. Thanks also go to the Crooked Creek Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited, for the outstanding volunteer effort supporting the tournament. There was an outstanding turnout of teams that entered this year’s Fall Classic, including 10 Adult/Child teams, five Mixed Couples teams, and 33 Adult Teams.  

We want to thank our outstanding local support of sponsorships for the event as well. Chapter sponsorships came from the Crooked Creek Chapter, Flathead Chapter, Malta Chapter, and the Billings Chapter. Those generous sponsorships helped cover the expenses needed to hold the tournament. Thanks to all of your chapters. 

Other sponsorships for this year’s Fenwick Fall Classic included: Fenwick, Judith Mountain Meats, Don’s, Midtown Market 2, Mike McElvain-State Farm Insurance, Rocky Mountain Rain Gutters, Thad’s Tackle Shop, Intermountain Distributing, Pourman’s Café,  4G’s Tire and Repair, Basin Electric-LLC, Mid-State Signs, Tammi’s Travel, Lewistown News-Argus, Crooked Creek Marina, GS Oil, Tire Rama, ASAT/Trophy Blend Scents, Ace Hardware, Sport Center, Deer Creek Dental, Bohemian Corner Café and Lewistown Sports. Local Montana Walleye Circuit sponsors including Snowy Mountain Motors and Don’s contributed their circuit sponsorships to the Fenwick Fall Classic as well. 

In the Adult Team division, first place went to Ray Cole and Steve Thomas of Great Falls. They caught and released 51.5 pounds of walleye during the event. 

Second place went to Wayne Wilcox and Rob Seymour of Billings. The duo caught 41.71 pounds for their total.  

Placing third was the team of Luckie Bethel from Fort Benton and Steve Kincaid from Valier. They were one of the last entries for the tournament, but ended up catching 40.94 pounds for the tournament. Luckie and Steve also caught the biggest overall northern pike of the tournament at 41.5 inches, and the largest walleye of the tournament which measured 31.25 inches. Fourth place was earned by youngsters Cody Eisenbarth and Jacob Bernhardt of Great Falls. That team caught 37.78 pounds over the two days.  

In the Mixed Couples division, first place went to Lewistown anglers Ron and Phen Clausnitzer. That couple caught 21.64 pounds of walleye. Second place was captured by Wendi Ross and Justin Bechtold of Fort Peck with a total weight of 19.41 pounds. Placing third in that division were Eric and Dayle Stahl of Laurel. That couple caught 18.06 pounds of walleye over the tournament.  

Fenwick also sponsored the Adult/Child Divison and provided additional purse money for that division. A local anonymous donor paid the entry fees for the children in each of the ten teams. Our local chapter supports youth fishing and appreciates these outstanding sponsorships. Placing first were Shane and Alden Fuchs of Billings with 27.62 pounds. This also placed them 10th overall for the weekend. Second place honors went to the team of Bill Seidl and Julie McElvain of Billings. They recorded 25.54 pounds of walleye over the two days. That finish also placed them 12th overall for the tournament. Third place honors went to Andy and Tim Rose of Huntley. The duo recorded 24.47 pounds of walleye for their efforts.

Other Lewistown area anglers competing in the tournament included: Randy and Dave Snyder—6th place overall, Kennie Williams and Travis Scott—8th place overall, Orrin and Brock Pyrah—14th place overall, Cody Martinez and Cody Strohm—24th place overall, Carson Fohl and Johnny Stoller—32nd place overall, Chuck Larson and Sean Ferris—35th place overall, Gene and Jacob Sanford—36th place overall, Destry and Brooks Harris—42nd place overall, and Joe and Easton DeJong—46th place overall.

We congratulate all of the participants and once again thank the volunteers, anglers and sponsors of this year’s Fenwick Fall Classic.


Don Pyrah is a member of the Crooked Creek Chapter of Walleyes Unlimited.



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