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Wrapping up the Walleye Season with the 8th Annual Sagamok Fall Walleye Classic
Posted: Oct 10, 2018

Wrapping up the Walleye Season with the 8th Annual Sagamok Fall Walleye Classic

A weekend on a living river system like no other.  The best weekend of the season for walleye action in Northern Ontario

Robert Porter, Sagamok Anishnawbek News

The Northern Ontario Walleye Trail’s final tournament of its seasonal circuit wrapped up in Sagamok Anishnawbek on the beautiful Spanish River September 29 & 30 as 168 anglers in 84 boats tried their skill and luck on a river system that yields some of the best walleye in the province.  In total, winning anglers in the top ten took home $35,000. 

No automatic alt text available.Big Winners Luc Ouimette and partner Steve Gravel of Kapuskasing took home the top prize of $10,000 with a two day weigh-in of 23.41 lbs.  They weighed in 10.54lbs on day one and 12.87lbs on day two. 

Steve says on the Sagamok Fall Walleye Classic’s Facebook page that he’s looking forward to returning in 2019.  “This is such a great and fun event.  Keep up the excellent work.”

Jamie Robinson and partner Terry Bernath took home second place and $5,000 for their total two day weigh-in of 20.98lbs.  They weighed in 8.55lbs on day one and 12.43lbs on day two.   

Tenth place’s Jody Villeneuve and partner Perry Caverson had a total weigh-in over the two day event of 18.4lbs.  They took home a prize of $600. 

It was fifth place’s Daniel Guay and partner Pete Beaulieu who had the highest weigh-in day.  On day one, they weighed in a total catch of 16.17lbs.  They then weighed in with 2.95lbs on day two. 

Image may contain: cloud, sky, boat, outdoor, nature and waterBrad Croome won the early bird draw and Maurice Abitong of Sagamok won the boat, motor and trailer draw. 

Angler of the Year was awarded to Jamie Robinson  and a new Sportsman Award was taken home by Danny and Maralize Bacon for their continued positivity and support over the years. 

16 Sagamok teams entered this year’s tournament, though none placed in the top 10 standings. 

Newly-elected Chief, Gimaa Nelson Toulouse was on-hand at the Rules Meeting attended by all teams on Friday, September 28 to welcome the enthusiastic anglers to the Sagamok community.  He says that the annual event demonstrates the kind of community that Sagamok is, hosting the Spanish River to the world each year, making it a welcome ending to the NOWT’s season. 

Gimaa Toulouse also thanked event coordinator, Laura Owl and her team of dedicated volunteers.  "That so many of our community come together to make the Sagamok Fall Walleye Classic better and better each years says alot about our community," he says.  "We host an amazing event here, and we hear it from the teams who come here."  

This is Owl’s third year coordinating the annual tournament.  She says that every year presents a new opportunity to make the event even better. 

“We try to really engage our teams in our social media channels all year long,” she says.  “We ask our teams about how we can make it even better than the year before.  We want to make the Sagamok Fall Walleye Classic not only the last event of the Northern Ontario Walleye Trail circuit that everyone is looking forward to, but also the one people most want to attend the most just because it’s in Sagamok and on the Spanish River.”

According to Sagamok’s Communications department, the event’s Facebook page saw high traffic during and after, with audiences having engaged with their posts 10,207 times and viewed videos 6,399 times watching more than 7,000 minutes. 

“We find that each year, we’re getting more and more support,” says Owl.  “This year, there was no shortage of sponsors or volunteers.  I have to thank the entire team for their dedication to the Classic.”

Image may contain: 2 people, people standing and outdoor“Our team takes pride in planning the details of our Sagamok Fall Walleye Classic, from the dinners we host to the prize giveaways we provide, there’s a lot of work involved and we have some of our volunteers who have been with us consistently each year.”

 

Sponsors of this year’s event were Canninish: Support Safe Access, Ramakko’s Source For Adventure, ATCO, Bluewave Energy, RONA Sonnenburg, Domtar, Toulouse Construction, EACOM Timber Corporation, Sheldon Toulouse Trucking, Ethier Sand & Gravel, FXR, Magna Mining Corp., Cementation: We Build Mines, Espanola Home Hardware, Princecraft, OJ Graphix, Hub International, Kewadin Casinos, Bruce Power, KPMG, Sagamok Housing Department, Nahwegahbow Corbiere Genoodmagejig, Barristers & Solicitors, Sure Catch Baits, Nicks Sales & Service, and Mukwa Adventures

Owl says that she recommends teams register as soon as they can for next year’s event, “because we are already half-full.  Don’t debate or procrastinate too long or you’ll miss the chance!  Sadly some of our regulars missed out his year because they didn’t register early enough.”

The Sagamok Fall Walleye Classic is the sixth event in the NOWT’s annual tournament circuit that starts with Mattagami Lake First Nation Walleye Tournament, then Dubreuilville Magpie Walleye Derby, followed by Geraldton Walleye Classic, Kapuskasing River Walleye Tournament, and finally Mattagami Fall Walleye Classic. 

Next year a new event will be added to the circuit: Long Lac Walleye Masters.

 

Stay connected to the Sagamok Fall Walleye Classic through it's page on the sagamok.ca website here or through their Facebook page by the same name.   

Stay connected with the Northern Ontario Walleye Treail through their website nowt.ca or through their Facebook page by the same name.  

 

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