Feldner wins FLW Walleye Tour event

Ray Maloney, Sports
Don Karlgaard, left, and FLW Pro Jason Feldner, right, show off part of their winning catch as the pair came away with the championship at the FLW Walleye Tour event held Thursday-Saturday on Devils Lake. Feldner led at the start of each day and finished the tournament with a total weight of 48.14 pounds. Karlgaard was the top co-angler with a three-day total of 48.5 pounds.

The Hot Seat set up in the parking lot of Lake Chevrolet on Saturday proved to be too much for many of the anglers who took their turns leading the FLW Walleye Tour tournament held Thursday through Saturday on Devils Lake.

For Jason Feldner, his turn in the seat turned out to be short-lived, but in the end the Minnewaukan professional and his co-angler weighed in a catch that was more than enough to put the tandem over the top in the final standings.

Felder, along with Don Karlgaard, weighed in a basket that weighed 15.13 pounds that was enough to give both men the respective titles in the tournament.

“It was a nerve-wracking day,” said Felder, who came away with more than $17,000 in prize money for his efforts. “It was bad fishing until about 10:30 a.m.

“We were ecstatic when the fishing started biting for us,” added Feldner, who said fishing on his home lake proved to anything but an advantage over the three days of the tournament.

“Typically locals don’t do well,” explained Feldner. “Most lakes stay the same size, but (Devils Lake) is always changing and with that comes more problems and more challenges.”

Feldner’s winning weight was more than two pounds better than Mayville, N.D. pro Scott Larson, who finished second with a total catch of 46-10 and took his ever-so-brief turn in the hot seat before Feldner took to the stage to find out whether Saturday’s catch was enough to maintain his lead.

“I knew it was going to be close,” Larson said. “I’m happy. My goal is always to finish in the top 10. We needed a kicker (Saturday) ... it just didn’t come.”

Gary Maher, a resident of Menoken, N.D. finished fifth in the final standings after weighing in 12.3 pounds on the final day and moving up from ninth place heading into the final day.

“It was a litte difficult,” Maher said. “Where we had been having success earlier in the tournament just wasn’t there (Saturday). The fish wouldn’t come out of the weeds.

“We had no fish in the well at 11 a.m. and we had to go to our second spot,” Maher added. “It was a great time and we caught a lot of fish ... just not a lot of keepers.”

Chris Burns, who was in third place heading into the final day had a miserable day and came to the stage without a fish to weigh and finished with a total weight of 31-8. The 18-8 he weighed on Friday was the heaviest of all catches in the tournament.

“It was just one of those days,” said Burns, a resident of Davenport, Iowa.

Top 10 Pros

    Name                    Hometown        Weight

1. Jason Feldner        Minnewaukan, N.D.     48-14

2. Scott Larson        Mayville, N.D.        46-10

3. Kevin McQuoid        Isle, Minn.        41-5

4. Mark Courts        Harris, Minn.        41-4

5. Gary Maher        Menoken, N.D.        40-11

6. Paul Meleen        Isle, Minn.        40-4

7. Tommy Skarlis        Waukon, Iowa        40-1

8. Eric Olson        Red Wing, Minn.        39-5

9. Chad Schilling        Akaska, S.D.        34-2

10. Chris Burns        Davenport, Iowa         31-8

Top 10 Co-Anglers

Name                    Hometown        Weight

1. Don Karlgaard        East Gull Lake, Minn.    48-5

2. Ted, Kaminski        St. Anthony, Minn.        45-6    

3. Victor Wood        Rapid City, S.D.        39-15

4. Bryan Bayerkohler    Eagan, Minn.        39-14

5. Lowell Joy        Bemidji, Minn.        39-6    

6. William Drake        Horace, N.D.        38-8    

7. Greg Oppegard        West St. Paul, Minn.    38-6    

8. Lance Bainville        Mounds View, Minn.    37-3

9. Clarence Heckert    Winnipeg, MB        33-0

10. Richard Ness        Blunt, S.D.        29-10