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Bakken Classic Fishing Derby

July 20 @ 6:00 am UTC+0


Fishing Derby

The 9th Annual Bakken Classic Fishing Derby will be held on July 20, 2022 at the Four Bears Casino and Marina. This charity tournament is open to Bakken Conservation Club members and is limited to 100 three-person teams.   


7:15 a.m. – Flight One boats in the water

7:30 a.m. – Flight One shotgun start – Pontoon will wave you off

7:45 a.m. – Flight Two boats in the water

8:00 a.m. – Flight Two shotgun start – Pontoon will wave you off

2:00 p.m. – Scale opens

2:30 a.m. – Flight One boats must report back & weigh-in (Check in with pontoon if ramp is backed up)

3:00 p.m. – Flight Two boats must report back & weigh-in (Check in with pontoon if ramp is backed up)

3:30 p.m. – Social and awards


  1. Each team shall have one (1) individual fisherman who is a member of the Conservation Club Contributor ($200 donation) OR an employee of a company that is a contributor.
  2. All non-Native American participants 16 years or older must possess a North Dakota fishing license. Native American participants 16 years or older must possess either a state or tribal fishing license.
  3. Team consists of no more than three (3) fishermen per boat.
  4. All anglers must be in the same vehicle at the time of inspection and boat launch.
  5. Teams will be divided into two flights:

    a. Flight One: all boats must be in the water by the main ramp by 7:15 a.m. with shotgun start at 7:30 a.m. A pontoon will wave a flag to signal your start.

    b. Flight Two: all boats must be in the water and gathered in the bay on the west side of point by 7:45 a.m. with shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. A pontoon will wave a flag to signal your start.

  6. Each fisherman is allowed to fish with two (2) rods.
  7. This is not a catch and release tournament.
  8. Weigh-in will be the top six (6) fish of each boat, with a maximum ten (10) fish per boat. Culling is not allowed. Once you have kept 10 fish you are done fishing and must weigh in. Patrol boat checkers will be randomly boarding boats to check fish. Non-compliance will result in disqualification.
  9. No fish other than walleye, sauger or saugeye shall be allowed in boats. Minimum fish length is 14 inches.
  10. Flight One boats must be back at the Marina and checked in with a Patrol Pontoon by 2:30 p.m. Flight Two boats must be back at the Marina and checked in with a Patrol Pontoon by 3:00 p.m.

    a. Five (5) minutes late will result in a 10% dockage of total weight.

    b. Teams more than five (5) minutes late will be disqualified from weigh-in. Official weigh-in will follow.

  11. All participants must have life jackets on while traveling above trolling speed.
  12. All current North Dakota Game & Fish Department and Three Affiliated Tribes Game and Fish regulations must be followed.
  13. 75% of entry fees will be paid out in prizes.


Boat # Anglers
1 Tyler Dokken, Alex Vournas, Jason Haugen
2 Ron Ness, Larry Dokken, Channing Dokken
3 Cory Ghering, Jason Hicks, Grant Veit
4 Bradley Mayer, BJ Martin, Pat Knipp
5 Lee Stein, TBD, TBD
6 Martin Construction Inc (TBD)
7 John Walsh, Tim  Furlong, Matt Leavitt
8 Cole Frenzel, Mike Gayda, Grant Miller
9 Zach Jackson, Kris Heidelberger, Tanner Jessen
10 Ethan Pardon, Cody Nickle, Jesse VerBruggen
11 Bobb McKeehen, Bobby Little, Ryan King
12 Chad Miller, TBD, TBD
13 Kenny  Lyson, TBD, TBD
14 Grant  Slick, Evan Vettel, Shane Vettel
15 Leif Schonteich, Brian Fettig, TBD
16 Ryan Schmaltz, Steve Schmaltz, Shane Cardinal
17 Kevin McElvaney, Ryan Trustem, Kevin McElvaney
18 Jonathan Ficek, Randy Taylor, Keith Karow
19 Jeff Bares, Travis Hennix, TBD
20 Patrick Feeney, Joey Olson
25 Scott Meschke, Brad Miller, Matthew Kostelecky
26 Jody Tuhy, Brian Grote, Shane Klier
27 Alex Koerner, Kevin Spicka, Chris Longie
28 Paul McClennen, Chip Eklund, Jeff Enzminger
29 Jeff Skaare, Jake Geltel, Don Radke
30 Kurt Swenson, TBD , TBD
31 Jeremy Rudolph, Keith Nixon, Scott Reid
32 Ryan Kopseng, TBD, TBD
33 Austin Maxwell, Mitch Onkes, Austin Nielson
34 Derrick Hecker, Matt  Ristow , Clayton Caywood
35 Brian Skabo, Jon Breding, Brooks Holmen
36 Darren Schmidt, Jim Hughs, John Hamling
37 Sheldon Meidinger, Chris Staats, Nick Bear
38 Craig Seykora, Shawn Barney,
39 Total Safety – Trent Boyce, Jeff Boyce, Justin Boyce
40 Matt Odegard, Aaron Faken, Jaret Wirtz
41 Wayne Stubstad, Jory Buchweitz, Scott Plavney
42 Alan Lick, Tim Sandstrom, Keenan Foy
44 Scott Andren, Mark Bakke, Travis Simnioniw
45 Champion X
46 Brad Hinz, Nathan Miller, Israel Garza
47 Tom Bachmeier, TBD, TBD
48 Josh Knoll, Dan Sadek, Jacorian Goldmann
49 Gert Crouzer, TBD , TBD
50 Mac Rohr, TBD, TBD
51 Cory Baisch, Eric Rensvold, Pat Kunick
52 Nathan Washek, Steve Klein, Kevin Hansen
53 George Haux, Jaron Long, Adam Lalim
54 Jim Grosulak, Dusty Grosulak, TBD
55 Derek Carda, Bob Murphy, TBD
56 Adam Ries, Jake Jackson, Josh Halvorson
57 Greg Steiner, John Harju, Charlie Gorecki
58 Josh Ruscheinsky, Andy Aga, Frankie Burgard
59 Nick Whitney, Casey Kaubisch, Brad Arbuckle
60 Brian Inches, Michael Peschges, TBD
61 Anthony Muggerud, Eric Harmel, Garrett Rehak
62 Robert Harms, Gunther Harms, Karl Merk
63 Dean Arnson, Lonnie Brannin, Shane Lockwood
64 Thomas Berscheid, Delbert Glaser,
65 Joel  Smelley, Garvin Leintz, Jared Daniels
66 Kole Brown, Ira Walter, Andy Petras
67 Caleb Eide, Logan Stoner, Angelo Vournas
68 Sterling Sannon, Tom Giffey , Shane Smith
69 Sidney Lauver, Brad Herr, Brandon Reichenberger
70 Heidi Gunwall, McKaya Hibbs, Brent Heim
71 Jeff Holte, Parker Moran, Darin Kirby


Wednesday, July 20, 2022


Four Bears Casino Marina
202 Frontage Road
New Town, ND


There is a room block for fishing derby participants and volunteers at the Little Missouri Inn & Suites in New Town. Call (701) 627-4488 and ask for a room in the North Dakota Petroleum Foundation block.


$300 Contribution* to ND Petroleum Foundation’s Conservation Club + $100 Entry Fee to Tournament

*The ND Petroleum Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit. The $300 contribution to the Conservation Club supports the Foundation’s conservation and habitat programs and is tax-deductible. The $100 is the entry fee and at least 75% of total entry fees collected will be distributed as prizes per ND Game and Fish rules.


If you would like to sponsor the tournament, please contact Tessa Sandstrom at tsandstrom@ndoil.org.



July 20
6:00 am UTC+0
Event Category:


Four Bears Casino Marina


North Dakota Petroleum Foundation