2019 Sherman Ice Out
The 2019 NWT season kicked off Sunday April 14th with the Sherman Ice Out tournament hosted by Trade Winds Marina at Sherman Reservoir. 50 teams gathered at the Colony Inn in Loup City on Friday evening for the rules meeting and registration. The first order of business was to recognize Tim and Diane Hoffman as the 2019 inductees into the Nebraska Walleye Trail Hall of Fame. Tim and Diane go way back and have done so much for the NWT over the years and deserve a big Thank You!
Sunday morning was cold and the anglers felt the lingering effects of the major winter storm that rolled through on the prior Thursday. The winds were light for Nebraska standards and the day turned out pretty nice. Even the fish decided to bite after it warmed up a bit. Most of the anglers were either using shiners or pulling crankbaits on leadcore to catch their fish. Sherman Reservoir allows anglers to keep 2 fish between 15 and 20” and one over 28” per angler. All though quite a few walleyes close to 28” were reported; no one landed an “over”. This made the final weigh-in a game of ounces. At the end of the day Hall of Famer Tim Hoffman and his son Shawn Hoffman weighed four walleyes for 8.72 lbs for the win. They were fishing shiners to catch their fish.
Finishing in 2nd place was the team of Mike Rein and Mike Green with 8.26 lbs of walleye. They were using shiners and chubs to catch their fish.
3rd place was taken by Todd Weber and Mark Hunter with 8.10 lbs, they were using shiners to catch their fish.
In 4th place with 7.86 lbs were the Jansen’s. They were live bait fishing to catch their fish.
Rounding out the top five was Brian Regelin and Jason Kruse with 7.85 lbs. They were also live bait fishing to catch their fish.
Big fish of the tournament was caught by Scott Willis and Justin Debrie weighing in at 3.03 lbs.
Overall, it was great turnout and we would like to thank everyone who fished the event and say a special thanks to Trade Winds Marina and the Colony Inn. For complete results and standings check out the NWT website.
The next event on the Trail is the Rod Marshal Memorial at Harlan County Reservoir put on by the Harlan Anglers Walleye Club. We hope to see everyone there.