Reid Lake’s annual fishing tournament brought out anglers of all ages over the weekend to compete for several cash prizes totaling $26,000. 

The weather held on well for the Reid Lake Catch & Release Walleye Tournament, hosted by the Shaunavon Wildlife Federation. Without a drop of rain to disturb the sportsmen, Saturday and Sunday weigh-ins brought a welcome surprise. 

Tyson Willman, the tournament’s director, believed that a new standard was being set for the lake. 

"We actually had slightly better weights this year than we've had in previous years,” stated Willman. “A lot more big fish were coming in this year, so it's good to see... Kelly and Kelton Flag out of Medicine Hat took home first place this year. They've been pretty consistent and finishing in the money the last few years with us.” 

Willman explained that several local teams also reached high on the leaderboards, taking home cash prizes for their efforts. Beyond the competition, those who attended got to enjoy food and beverage at the weigh-in dock. 

“We set up four big tents at Ferguson Bay,” explained Willman. “It was open to every age group, so we got anyone from grandparents all the way down to the little kids running around. We set up our barbecue, selling hamburgers and hot dogs and had a bar running at night.” 

Donated prizes were raffled off on Sunday as well, giving everyone a chance to win.