The 26th annual Montana Governor’s Cup Walleye Tournament set for this weekend has already set an eight-year high in registration numbers.
With three days to go, 109 teams have signed up to participate in the two-day event, the most since 2005, when 119 teams fished Fort Peck Lake.
Last year, the Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture had registered 83 duos the Wednesday before the event started and had 105 total at week’s end. With late registrations bound to come in even the day of, this year’s Gov Cup is likely to surpass 2005’s numbers and perhaps even threaten the mark of 137 teams set in 2004.
The goal was to reach the max of 150 teams, according to Chamber Executive Director Lisa Olk. To do so, the chamber decided to give 100 percent payback in tournament fees to the top teams.
The tournament begins on Friday and ends Saturday with day money awarded for both days, a big-fish pot and, of course, the big winner announced on Saturday night after two full days of wrangling.