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32nd Annual ND Carp Classic

Zach Kjos, standing, and Caleb Turcotte, seated, both Williston, aboard the “Muddy Arrow” airboat while taking part in the 32nd Annual North Dakota Carp Classic on Lake Audubon.

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COLEHARBOR -They move slowly, silently across the water in the hopes of finding unsuspecting carp near the surface. When it happens an archer will lean on a specially built front rail on a boat, stealthily bring their bow to full draw, take careful aim, and release a heavy arrow at a rough fish below.
The 32nd Annual North Dakota Carp Classic held at Lake Audubon June 26-27 brought out some of the most avid bowfishermen in the region. Weather conditions were excellent for boating, very little wind, but the main targeted species proved to be somewhat elusive. Carp that had been visible on the surface throughout Lake Audubon and the adjacent North Lake for weeks were apparently in the final phases of their spawn at that time. For the weekend tournament they had gone a bit deeper, mostly beyond the sight and reach of archers.
“It takes a special breed to mess with carp and get all stinky,” laughed DeWayne Larson, Minot’s Souris Valley Bowmen, host of the annual bowfishing event. “Some get pretty serious though, with airboats and such.”
Boats for bowfishing are generally shallow-draft craft that rely on a quiet electric motor to pull them through shallow, grassy, or weedy water where carp are known to hang out. Many boats are equipped with banks of lights for night fishing. However, noted Larson, not all bowfishing has to be done from a boat.
“I’m old school and still walk the bank,” said Larson.
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 Bow in hand, Jason Canerdy, searches for carp on Lake Audubon along with Renae Holland. Both are from Williston.
Bowfishermen, he said, just “have a passion” for their sport. Some of them compete in tournaments well beyond the borders of North Dakota, testing their skills against bowfishermen from other states and other species of fish, such as invasive Asian or silver carp.
The largest fish arrowed in the recent Lake Audubon event was a 31-pound buffalo carp stuck by the team of Blake Patten and Wes Van Hook of Sidney, Mont. They also weighed-in the largest common carp of the tournament at 9.6 pounds on their way to a third-place finish.
The winning weight of an impressive 275 pounds was turned in by a pair of Williston archers, Mike Wickenhauser and Tyler Odegard, including a whopping 207 pounds of carp on day one. Other buffalo carp taken included a 25-pounder by the Williston team of Caleb Turcotte and Zachary Kjos, and a 23-pounder by Cody Hurley of Bismarck and Dylan Hurley of Williston.
The average carp harvested during the event was just under six pounds. In all, archers removed 130 carp weighing a total of 913 pounds in the two-day classic. Archers had their choice of launching at North Lake, which is a “no wake” lake, or Lake Audubon. Tournament hours were 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.
North Dakota Carp Classic
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Winners of the ND Carp Classic were Mike Wickenhauser and Tyler Odegard, both Williston, with a two-day total of 275 pounds. Their winning weight included the largest buffalo carp at 31 lbs., and the largest common carp at 9.6 lbs.Lake Audubon, June 26-27
1 – 275 lbs., Mike Wickenhauser and Tyler Odegard, Williston.
2 – 171 lbs., Caleb Turcotte and Zachary Kjos, Williston.
3 – 122 lbs., Blake Patten and Wes Van Hook, Sidney, Mont.
4 – 106 lbs., DuWayne Larson, Minot.
5 – 68 lbs., Dylan Hurley, Williston, and Cody Hurley, Bismarck.

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Colton and Jamie Blomberg, Minot, took home top honors in the Badlands Bass Bandits event at Shadehill Reservoir in South Dakota on June 26. Team Blomberg turned in a five-fish limit of smallmouth bass weighing 9.77 pounds, besting the runner-up team by two pounds. The Blombergs have placed in the top four in four consecutive BBB tourneys this season.

The next BBB event is scheduled for Tobacco Gardens on Lake Sakakawea Aug. 17.

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Winners of the ND Carp Classic were Mike Wickenhauser and Tyler Odegard, both Williston, with a two-day total of 275 pounds. Their winning weight included the largest buffalo carp at 31 lbs., and the largest common carp at 9.6 lbs.

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 Bow in hand, Jason Canerdy, searches for carp on Lake Audubon along with Renae Holland. Both are from Williston.

Zach Kjos, standing, and Caleb Turcotte, seated, both Williston, aboard the “Muddy Arrow” airboat while taking part in the 32nd Annual North Dakota Carp Classic on Lake Audubon.

Kim Fundingsland/MDN

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