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Meeting is 7 p.m., October 1,
at Wyoming Game and Fish in Casper

Our meetings are the first Thursday
of the month

The Wyoming Hunting and Fishing Expo is sponsored by the Wyoming Game and Fish Department and was held at the Casper Events Center on September 11,12, and 13th.. If you haven’t attended you are missing out. Kids are bused in from all over the state over the three day event. The North Platte Walleyes Unlimited club participates by having a “Challenge” on Saturday, the last day of the event. in which kids receive a card listing all seven of the outside aquatic events. The kids are encouraged to participate in at least four of the activities and get their card punched. They then bring the punched card back to our trailer and the receive a rod and reel set.

The expo started on Saturday under threatening weather and a bit cool. It looked a little bleak for most of the day but never rained. By 10:00 AM we had given out all of three poles. At 10:01 the dam broke and the six NPWU volunteers were hooked up for the rest of the day. We received a lot of smiles from the kids and many words of appreciation from their parents. We gave out just under 700 poles for the day. That is a bit under that from last year but considering the weather I think it was great.

It was said that our participation on has greatly enhanced the attendance numbers on Saturday. There is one area we need to work on. NPWU is allotted a booth down on the Events Center floor but we don’t do anything with it. It doesn’t need to manned but could just be an informational booth with our signs and perhaps some literature stating our activities over the years. We need some folks to put together the booth earlier in the year and we can get it put up on Wednesday before the event. It is a shame to let a chance for quality exposure to go to waste. So who is going to step up and help fill this void?

Each month at our meetings we have a drawing from a list of our entire membership. If that member is present they win a $100 gift certificate from Sportsman’s Warehouse. At our September meeting that lucky loser was none other than our president Brian Woodward. He was off fishing in the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit in South Dakota. That also was a win/lose situation for him with details inside.


Club members do well ..........sorta

From the namgnewsletter.com/ web site:

(September 13, 2009) Webster, South Dakota – Big finishes were the order of the day as the 2009 Cabela’s MWC season wrapped up on Waubay Lake in the Glacial Lake area of South Dakota. As a season ending event, wins occurred for both the tournament at hand and the circuit’s Team of the Year honors. The Championship field for 2010 was also firmly established for a field of 29 teams.

The biggest finish was a significant comeback for the proud Waubay Lake winners, Brian Woodward and David Rice, both of Casper, Wyoming. The duo had only 4.9 pounds on day one sitting in 36th place out of a field of 44 teams. Yet the talk at the dock on Sunday morning was definitely that anyone was still in this tournament with the right fish. Getting the right fish was exactly what Woodward and Rice accomplished. They ended up with the largest basket of the tournament with 22.44 pounds on day two for a spectacular catapult to first place with just over a four pound cushion.

Waubay is a unique lake and somewhat unknown in the tournament world…until now. This event may have put it on the map as the lake is exceedingly prolific in numbers of walleyes. Anglers routinely spoke of catching 40, 50 or even upwards to 80 fish per day. However, 98% would fall into the 14 or 15 inch range. Lots to catch – not much to weigh. Yet big fish are in the lake, just few and far between with a lot of smaller fish with which to contend. Indeed 8 and 10 pounders were caught over the two days and if you were lucky to get just one it made all the difference in the world. Woodward and Rice caught two on Sunday. Lucky…and suddenly, winners. Woodward and Rice started the day with a firm decision on what not to do, which was everything they had been doing all week long and catching only 14 and 15 inch fish. “We caught small fish every which way you could think of during pre-fish,” shared Brian. “So we decided that we’d have to break into something that we hadn’t tried yet….trolling.” They trolled leadcore with #5 white shad raps 100 feet back in 14’-18’ depths.

They followed the contours around Duck Island and hit a 30½” walleye. Bam! In one moment they knew they had found their spot and stayed with it the rest of the day, working about a 200 yard stretch. They hit a 19 ¾” next and a 28½” after that and knew they had just about a perfect basket coming their way. Regulations on Waubay are two fish per person with only one fish per person over 20 inches. Each team could weigh four, but many teams had to settle for four small fish as they couldn’t get the overs to go. Getting two? Priceless. Did they know they had a win right away in the boat? “No, not really,” shared Rice. “We didn’t know what the top teams were able to do – maybe they had gotten on nice fish, too. We just figured we were going to cut a check, we didn’t know it would be a win.”

The MWC is celebrating its 25th year and winning any tournament in this circuit is quite an honor. “The MWC is the best of the best,” shared Woodward in a post tournament interview. “To get a win with this group is really great. We made the right adjustment to trolling so we could cover more water and it was the right move to make.” Their two day total of 27.34 pounds netted the team $11,850 which included $10,150 for first, $1,000 for Ranger Cup, $500 for Mercury/Ranger Cup combination and $200 for Oxygenator. This was their first circuit victory.

On the way back from the tournament, Brian blew up the engine in his Ford diesel. That took the bulk of his winnings to repair. That made him the lucky loser once again.

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Recipes

Here is a healthy baked walleye recipe, a break from the typical fried walleye:

Baked Walleye Recipe

This is a favorite baked walleye recipe of ours. It can feed 8 and is served with wild rice.

Baked Walleye Recipe Ingredients

4 oz butter
1/2 chopped onion
One can of chopped mushrooms (8 oz. can)
8 walleye fillets
1/2 lb. butter (1 stick should work for the healthier meal)
Bread crumbs (enough to cover)
1 cup uncooked wild rice
6 oz. sliced almonds
Salt and pepper to taste

Slow cook the wild rice and drain.. In 4 oz. of butter, saute onions until almost just about transparent. Add the cooked wild rice and mushrooms. Season the walleye fillets with salt and pepper to your liking and roll them in bread crumbs. Place the walleye fillets in the oven and bake at 450 degrees. This shouldn’t take more than about 15 minutes. Use the rest of the butter to saute the sliced almonds in a separate pan.

Serve the walleye fillets and you can put them on top of the wild rice or with the rice on the side. Spoon the butter and almonds over the fillets. Garnish. Enjoy this classic walleye recipe!


Caesar Baked Walleye Recipe

8 Walleye Fillets
1 bottle Caesar dressing (I like to make my own with a recipe packet)
Soda crackers
Parmesan Cheese

Marinate the walleye fillets in Caesar dressing for an hour in the refrigerator. Mix equal parts of soda cracker crumbs and Parmesan cheese. Coat the walleye fillets with the cracker mixture.

Bake on greased pan around 15-17 minutes at 450 degrees.


On the lighter side

Baked trout

When considering eating baked trout, it is critical to understand that baked trout must not be consumed without ingesting sufficient quantities of Everclear, a brand of potent neutral grain spirit first:

”To understand the relationship between Everclear and baked trout, here’s an experiment you can do at home. In addition to Everclear, you will need a slice of lemon, a cracker, a dishtowel, ketchup, a piece of lettuce, some caviar, and a Kit-Kat candy bar.

1. Take a shot Everclear.

2. Take two. (They’re small.)

3. Put a bit of caviar on a bit of lettuce.

4. Put the lettuce on a cracker.

5. Squeeze some lemon juice on the caviar.

6. Pour some ketchup on the Kit-Kat bar.

7. Tie the dishtowel around your eyes.

If you can taste the difference between caviar on a cracker and ketchup on a Kit-Kat while blindfolded, you have not had enough Everclear to be ready for baked trout.”


At the hospital...

A guy shows up at the hospital feeling very ill. They take some blood and place him in an isolation room. A few hours later the doctor calls him on the phone next to his bed. ”Well we have some results back from your blood tests” says the doctor. ”It appears you’ve tested positive for H1N1 virus, highly contagious TB and also positive for Bubonic Plague”. ”So we’ve decided to put you on a pizza and pancake diet”. ”Pizza and pancakes????.........ah...will that make me better?” the guy asked. ”No” said the doctor, ”but it’s the only thing we can slide under the door”.


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Tight Lines -- Woody G.




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