Turnout outstanding for Annual Walleye Rodeo

Canton’s very own Bella Swartwood takes home the prize for the largest sunfish at this year’s Walleye Rodeo.

Turnout outstanding for Annual Walleye Rodeo

Longdale’s Ron Thompson takes home the $500 prize for the the most total poundage of walleye caught at the 53rd-Annual Canton Lake Walleye Rodeo. Thompson’s total weight was 9.87 pounds worth of walleye. (Photos by Austin Smith)

Turnout outstanding for Annual Walleye Rodeo

Matt Swartwood also finished second in the walleye competition with his catch weighing in at 5.71 pounds.

Turnout outstanding for Annual Walleye Rodeo

After having to reschedule Oklahoma’s oldest and largest fishing tournament due to the recent pandemic, Canton was finally able to host its 53rd Annual Walleye Rodeo last week. Despite the threat of coronavirus still present, the event nearly matched their turnout from a year ago, registering 645 anglers compared to 677 in 2019.

This year, Waukomisnative, Larry Hromas reeled in the grand-prize winning walleye, weighing in at 6.06 pounds. That fish earned him the $1,000 check, courtesy of Lucky Star Casino, as well as a new rod and reel, as well as a fishing mount for his prize-winning fish.

Canton’s own Matt Swartwood finished in second place with his walleye that tipped the scales at 5.71 pounds. Swartwood received a check for $750, courtesy of Lucky Star Casino as well.

 

 

 

 

 

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