Walleye tournament draws 77 boats

A walleye fishing tournament drew 77 boats to Marion Reservoir Sunday. The 205 walleye caught weighed 584.01 pounds.

“The weather was beautiful and the lake has a lot of quality walleye,” said Marlene Norris, secretary for the Kansas Walleye Association. “There were a lot of 3- and 4-pound fish weighed in.”

The event paid out $3,696 in prize money. Taking home top honors of $800 was the team of Monte Orth of Hays and Lonnie Orth of Wichita. The duo turned in six fish totaling 19.55 pounds.

Second place ($700) went to Mike Cooper and Robert Chitty of Beloit, who turned in five fish (19.43). Third place ($450) was awarded to Robert Trapp and Ivan Suppes of Otis, who turned in six fish (18.31).

Rocky Akins of Haysville and Willie Akins of Wichita landed the largest walleye of the day-5.78 pounds-to claim a prize of $200.

“The lake looks good for the future because a lot of small, different-year class walleye were also caught then released,” Norris said. Most fish were caught in 3 to 12 feet of water.

The tournament was hosted by Mid-Kansas Marine and co-sponsored by City Beverage of Hutchinson, Canada Bait & Tackle and Marion Lake Association.

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