High water forces rescheduling of Drayton catfish tourney

High water has forced organizers of the Rod and Reel Rally catfish tournament on the Red River in Drayton, N.D., to reschedule the event.

The tournament, originally scheduled for Sunday, now is set for Saturday, Aug. 9.

Entry fee for the tournament is $50, with a minimum of two paid entries per boat. Prize for biggest catfish is $1,600 with whopper payouts down to sixth place.

For more information, contact Rob Boll at (701) 454-3317 or check out the website at draytonND.com.

Red River boat ramps to reopen in GF

This spring hasn’t been conducive to catfishing on the Red River (so far), and the ramps in Grand Forks already have closed once because of flooding.

But they’re scheduled to reopen today, now that the Red has dropped below flood stage of 28 feet. The river does remain out of its banks.

The Greenway sent out an update on the ramps this afternoon, saying city crews will monitor the ramps for silt and other debris as river levels continue to drop. Lower trails in the Greenway remain closed because of the high water, but the upper trails and dog park in Lincoln Drive Park remain open.

The Red in Grand Forks was at 27.33 feet as of 1:30 p.m. today. High water usually means good fishing once conditions straighten out so let’s hope that’s the case as the river drops and water temperatures rise.

Breckenridge woman wins Drayton catfish tourney

Jessica Andel of Breckenridge, Minn., landed a 20.7-pound catfish to capture first place and the top prize of $1,600 Saturday at the Rod & Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament on the Red River in Drayton, N.D.

Jessica Andel (left) of Breckenridge, Minn., landed this 20.7-pound catfish Saturday to win the Rod and Reel Rally Catfishing Tournament on the Red River in Drayton, N.D. Holding the fish is Andrea Knutson of Red River Resort in Drayton.

A total of 112 anglers in 40 boats fished the tournament, weighing in 53 catfish.

Rounding out the top 10 whoppers were:

Second:  Jake Toward, Fargo, 17.3 pounds, $750.
Third: Michael Kostrzewski, Crookston, 16.5 pounds, $400.
Fourth: Rick Lillie, Forest City, Iowa, 15.6 pounds, $250.
Fifth: Roger Anderson, Halma, Minn., 15.55 pounds,   $175.
Sixth: Ryan Krueger, Barrows, Minn., 15.5 pounds, $125.
Seventh: Brad Andel, Breckenridge, Minn., 15 pounds, $125.
Eighth: Matt Klocke, Fargo, 14.7 pounds, $125.
Ninth: Brian Rud, Stephen, Minn., 14.5 pounds, $125.
Tenth: Randy Schuster, Drayton, 14.5 pounds, $100.

In the Slot Fish category, Greg Winskowski of Stephen landed a 5.6-pound cat that was worth $200, and Mya Ganssle of Grand Forks finished second in the category with a 5.2-pound catfish to win $100.

Taking the “Weenie” prize for smallest fish was Colin Schuster of Drayton, with a 6-inch “kitty” that won him $90.