North Dakota Pro Takes PWT Tournament Lead on Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland
Jun 3rd, 2005 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jun 3rd, 2005 at 12:00 AM
Lake Cumberland’s reputation as a striped bass factory is taking a back seat to walleyes this week. The In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) pro anglers moved into Kentucky for the Realtree Pro-Am.Pro leader Myron Sylte, Williston, ND, weighed the heaviest 5-fish basket of the tournament, 17.94 pounds today, to take the lead with 27.11 pounds. He eclipsed day one leader Marty Glorvigen, Grand Rapids, Minn., who holds second place with 26.32 pounds. Shannon Kehl, Menoken, ND moved into third place with a total of 25.41 pounds.This is Sylte’s fifth season on tour. His best finish to date is ninth in 2003, when he qualified for the Championship. This season, he is fishing all six PWT qualifiers. Lake Cumberland is the third tournament, with two events in Michigan (Saginaw Bay, June 29-July 1 and Sault Ste. Marie, Aug. 24-26), and a tournament July 27-29 at Mobridge, SD, remaining. The Mercury Championship takes place on Milford Lake near Junction City, Kansas, Sept. 16-18.Pros and their amateur/co-angler partners fished from Burnside downstream to Wolf Point Dam, and many of the creek arms in the 70- mile stretch of Lake Cumberland, which is surrounded by scenic and wild country. They caught 204 walleyes on day two, compared to 184 on day one. The 2-day average is 2.35 pounds. Through the first two days, the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife biologists released all but six walleyes. Pro John Weston, Syracuse, NY and amateur Terry Richerson, Campbellsville, KY, caught the Coleman Big Fish of day two. It weighed 5.71 pounds and was worth $1,000. The final day weigh-in activities Friday, June 3, take place at the KOA Campground just up from Alligator Dock # 2, and east of Russell Springs. The first boat will roll through about 3:30 p.m., with approximately $300,000 to be awarded to the top 40 pros and 40 amateurs/co-anglers.The PWT works closely with the Russell County Tourist Commission (888-833-4220) and these business partners: Mercury Marine, Lund, The Outdoor Channel, Berkley, Optima Batteries, Realtree, MotorGuide, Lowrance, MinnKota, Trilene, Frenzy, Blue Fox, Powerbait, Johnsonville Brats, Northland Fishing Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, GULP!, Coleman, Storm, Boat Buckle, Smooth Moves Seat Mounts, Kwik Pfyt, E-Z Loader, Raymarine, Rapala, Matzuo, Pflueger, Ram rod holders, Gerbing’s Heated Clothing, Aqua-Vu, Save Phace, Plano, Stowmaster.net, Navionics, Access Roll-up Cover, Yellow Bird, DOW Chemical, Dave’s Lures, The State Bank Group, Yo-Zuri and Reef Runner. The PWT is an integral element of the In-Fisherman Communications Network headquartered in Brainerd, Minnesota, and PRIMEDIA, America’s leading producer of targeted media.