High demand for Governor’s Cup

Submitted Photo Brad MacClennan, New Town, right, and Greg Mortenson, Burlington, will be team No. 1 in the 2018 Governor’s Cup Walleye Derby headquartered in Garrison. This year’s tournament field filled Jan. 17.

GARRISON – The deluge of entries received by the Governor’s Cup Walleye Derby shows that the event is more popular than ever. The field of 252 two-man teams filled on Jan. 17, the first day that entries were accepted. Unfortunately for several fishermen, they didn’t make it into the field.

“Right now we’re sitting with 40 teams on the waiting list,” said Joyce Pfliger on Monday.

Pfliger has been managing entries for the popular derby for the past 27 years.

“We have some new teams and some that didn’t get their entries in when they were supposed to, so they are disappointed,” noted Pfliger.

This year’s Governor’s Cup is scheduled for July 20-21 with July 22, a Sunday, reserved as a make-up day in the event that inclement weather interferes with the tournament. Teams will launch their boats at the Garrison Bay Marina at Fort Stevenson State Park. Daily weigh-ins are held under the shadow of “Wally the Walleye” at the City Park on the north end of Garrison’s Main Street.

“People who fish it say they like it because it’s well run. They develop a closeness with our volunteers,” said Pfliger. “Everybody kind of has their own job to do. We’re looking forward to doing it again.”

First place prize money is impressive at $15,000. The tourney is also known for having a deep payout. Forty-second place is scheduled to pay $300, the cost of entering the tourney. This year’s Governor’s Cup is the 43rd annual.

Pfliger says she is not surprised by the demand generated by the tournament.

“Fishermen get to do what they love to do and have a chance at winning money. Why wouldn’t they do it?” said Pfliger.