Local team wins Larry Dahlgren Memorial Tournament (again)

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Josh Courtorielle and Aaron Vanhoek have pretty much got Lesser Slave Lake walleye fishing figured out. They must have, because the duo won their second straight Larry Dahlgren Memorial Walleye Tournament on May 24 and 25. In between those two victories, they also won last year’s Canadian Tire Anglers Cup!

The Dahlgren tournament wasn’t held in 2023, due to low water. The lake was up a bit this year, thanks to the welcome rain the previous week, but the tournament location had already been changed. For the first time, it was held at the provincial harbour in Faust.

“It went really well,” says chief organizer Scott Dahlgren. “Big weights. Conditions were awesome.”

The manager of the harbour deserves a lot of thanks too, Dahlgren says. “She did a great job.”

The field was relatively small – just 25 boats. That’s compared to 50 in 2022 and 65 the year before. Dahlgren says he isn’t sure of the reason. All you can do is put on a good show, he says, and hope the word spreads. He’s confident this year’s participants went away with a good impression.

Leading the field this year, as noted, were Vanhoek and Courtorielle. They won the $9,500 top prize.

In second place was the team of Paul Bouchard and Pacer Wilson, winning $5,580. Earning $2,720 for third place was the team of Jenna Kubel and Scott Lawrence.

Dahlgren says there should be a sixth annual tournament next year, if weather and lake levels, etc. cooperate. But before that, he’s planning a tournament for the Labour Day Weekend in early September. It’s to take the place of the Golden Walleye Classic, which was held for many years in late summer at Shaw’s Point.

Big one

Aaron Vanhoek and Josh Courtorielle show off one of the walleye that won them their second straight Larry Dahlgren Memorial Walleye Tournament, on May 24/25.
Photo is courtesy of Sean Malayko of Westlock Powersports & Marine.

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