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By total weight

1. Larry Barrow, Lincoln, Neb., and Michael Horken, East Grand Forks, 89 pounds, 10 fish, $4,000.

2. Marv Feltman, Grand Forks and Shane Feltman, Grand Forks, 73.81 pounds, 10 fish, $2,500.3. Mark Hartman, Belle Plaine, Minn. and Dean Opatz, Jordan, Minn., 72.16 pounds, 10 fish, $2,000.

4. Todd Skyberg, Bemidji and Jim Corbid, East Grand Forks, 71.02 pounds, 10 fish, $1,000.

5. Todd Benson, Grand Forks and Greg Sand, Andover, Minn., 70.38 pounds, 10 fish, $750.

6. Dave Clement, East Grand Forks and Casey Clement, East Grand Forks, 67.41 pounds, 10 fish, $650.

7. Larry Yowell, Kirksville, Mo. and Jimmy Yowell, Chillicothe, Mo., 64.98 pounds, 9 fish, $550. Kris Newman, Grand Forks and Brian Stennes, Grand Forks, 63.79 pounds, 9 fish, $500.

9. Lynn Dalen, Grand Forks and Don Oster, Grand Forks, 63.78 pounds, 7 fish, $450.

10. Gary Mounce, Nebraska City, Neb., and Bonnie Mounce, Nebraska City, Neb., 62.88 pounds, 9 fish, $400.

11. Phillip Jeffery, East Grand Forks and Jason Kalt, East Grand Forks, 60.93 pounds, 9 fish, $350.

12. Raymond Lee, Grand Forks and Eric Thompson, East Grand Forks, 60.51 pounds, 10 fish, $300.

13. James Benson, East Grand Forks and Brian Rud, Grand Forks, 59.63 pounds, 6 fish, $275.

14. David West, Warren, Minn., and Joshua West, Warren, Minn., 59.52 pounds, 8 fish, $250.

15. Darrell Carter, Jefferson, S.D. and Matthew Carter, Jefferson, S.D., 59.01 pounds, 10 fish, $200.

16. Darrell Utzinger, East Grand Forks and Jeff Twomey, St. Paul, 58.98 pounds, 8 fish, $200.

17. Scott Enright, East Grand Forks and Terry Hecht, East Grand Forks, 58.77 pounds, 8 fish, $200.

18. Greg Nordrum, Grand Forks and Jamie Lembke, Grand Forks, 58.61 pounds, 9 fish, $200.

19. Mike Clement, Grand Forks and Norm Block, Lincoln, Neb., 57.61 pounds, 10 fish, $200.

20. Michael Hedlund, East Grand Forks and Paul Hedlund, Maple Grove, Minn., 57.07 pounds, 10 fish, $200.

21. Brian Nelson, East Grand Forks and Jim Rood, Grand Forks, 55.52 pounds, 7 fish, $200.

22. Rob Horken, East Grand Forks and Greg Stennes, East Grand Forks, 55.51 pounds, 8 fish, $200.

23. Michael Bruggeman, Erskine, Minn., and Andrew Bruggeman, Erskine, Minn., 55.45 pounds, 8 fish, $200.

24. Tom Walters, Nebraska City, Neb., and Roger Rice, Nebraska City, Neb., 55.27 pounds, 7 fish, $200.

25. Merle Hoverson, East Grand Forks and Jeff Zak, East Grand Forks, 54.79 pounds, 10 fish, $200.

26. Jesse Weber, East Grand Forks and Troy Weber, East Grand Forks, 54.70 pounds, 10 fish, $150.

27. Bradley Nelson, Drayton, N.D. and David L Nelson, Moorhead, 54.34 pounds, 7 fish, $150.

28. Bethany Bolles, Grand Forks and John Gallagher, Grand Forks, 53.95 pounds, 10 fish, $150.

29. Jim Minion, Henning, Minn., and Scott Bultman, Fulda, Minn., 53.76 pounds, 10 fish, $125.30. Larry Dorsch, Auburn, Neb. and Tim Hager, Auburn, Neb., 53.70 pounds, 8 fish, $125.

31. Ken Cremers, Grand Forks and Greg Cremers, East Grand Forks, 53.58 pounds, 10 fish, $125.

32. Kolby Hollands, Grand Forks and Kent Hollands, Grand Forks, 53.17 pounds, 10 fish, $100.

33. Richard G Pratt, Lincoln, Neb. and Patrick Boley, Lincoln, Neb., 53.11 pounds, 7 fish, $100.

34. Perry Gagnon, Grand Forks and Alfred Gagnon, Grand Forks,53.09 pounds, 5 fish, $100.

35. Ole Nowatzki, Langdon, N.D. and Darrin Abernathey, Grand Forks, 52.89 pounds, 8 fish, $50.

'Big Bud' winners

• Heaviest Fish: 24.99 pounds, caught on Saturday by Lynn Dalen & Don Oster, both of Grand Forks, ND. They broke the tournament record of 23.02 pounds, set in 2001 by Jim Benson and Brian Rud. Dalen & Oster were awarded $1,000 cash, courtesy of Dakota Sales Company (Budweiser & Bud Light).

• 2nd Heaviest Fish: 20.28 pounds, caught on Sunday by Larry Barrow (Lincoln NE) and Michael Horken (East Grand Forks). They were awarded $500 cash, courtesy of Dakota Sales Company (Budweiser & Bud Light).

Ed "Backwater Eddy" Carlson

Backwater Guiding "ED on the RED"
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    • LakeofthewoodsMN
      On the south end...   Ice fishing continues strong and it is still winter on the border.    Overnight temps in the teens and twenties are maintaining ice nicely.  Fishing continues to be excellent.  It has been an incredible year for walleyes and saugers with both numbers and size.     Resort fish houses and sleeper fish houses are available.  Some ice roads are allowing pickup trucks pulling wheelhouses as well.  Check with each individual ice road for specific limits.   As always, and certainly this year, it is important to stay on the resort ice roads.  It is tempting to go off on your own as there isn't much snow, but that is a risky move any time of the year.  Resorts and outfitters keep their roads on the best ice and monitor it numerous times per day.   Lake of the Woods enjoys an extended ice fishing season each year.  Fish houses are allowed on the ice through March 31st, the walleye / sauger season goes through April 14th and the pike season never ends.   The majority of ice fishing for walleyes and saugers is taking place in 24 - 34 feet of water.  Jigging one line and using a live minnow on the second line is the way to go.   Pike anglers fishing shallower shoreline breaks and reporting good activity and big fish.  Pike activity will only increase as we approach the month of March.  Arming your spread with a mixture of live and dead baits will allow you to quickly figure out what the pike wants that day. Alewife, smelt, herring, numerous sizes of live suckers, or even large shiners work well. On the Rainy River...  Most ice fishing is taking place on the lake.  There are a couple of resorts that ice fish on the Rainy River.  Know ice conditions or work through a resort or outfitter for safety.    The river is open east of Birchdale.  Those who enjoy the spring open water season on the river are optimistic the river will open early.  Is your boat and fishing gear ready when it does? Up at the NW Angle...   Another very good week of ice fishing up at the Angle.  Walleyes, saugers, jumbo perch, eelpout, pike and some big crappies in the mix.   Water conditions are clearer this winter compared to most.  For that reason, the morning and evening bites have been stronger than midday overall. Jigging one line and deadsticking the second line is the way to go.  Electronics help in determining what the fish want that given day and will up your catch of fish.   Ice fishing has been excellent, come on up.  It's still winter on the border! 
    • Kettle
      There's only one Waterfowl guide in the country that I went to. He runs about 20 trips a year. So he harvests about 185,000 less teal a year than some of the individual southern states. In MN, lots of the teal are gone before the early teal season 
    • leech~~
      Wow, don't want to be one of those guys.  But, you don't think such liberal limits down there, hurts the northern population next spring?  
    • smurfy
      Kettle..........we really didnt have a winter.......even up in your neck of the woods!!!!!👍🤣
    • Kettle
      I only duck hunted this trip. Definitely going back next year. Winter gets too long for me. I met some amazing people and might help with guiding for them in the future. Would love to escape a month or two every winter
    • Mike89
      just seen a show about duck and dove hunting down that way, Scoot Lyseth and the Dead Meat show!!  
    • Kettle
      Some teal from central America 
    • JerkinLips
      I think it was opened so I don't think I would trust it.  I will find use for the wooden blocks however.
    • SkunkedAgain
      Some morons just shouldn't be allowed out on the ice. Thanks for pitching in to clean it up.   On the bonus side, is it a quart of oil that you can use?
    • SkunkedAgain
      Some morons just shouldn't be allowed out on the ice. Thanks for pitching in to clean it up.   On the bonus side, is it a quart of oil that you can use?
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