In the Sturgeon Bay Open Bass tournament’s first year being recognized as a national tournament, it was an international team who took home the top prize. Chris and Cory Johnston were the only two Canadian entrants, hailing from Peterborough, Ontario. The tournament was missing their usual Canadian participants as they’re currently unable to cross the international border. The Johnstons however were deemed essential by their work status. They have now completed the trifecta with it being their third time winning the event. Cory Johnston describes coming to Door County as special.
The team weighed in with a total of 53 lbs and 4 oz over the weekend, and Chris Johnston says the success started up north.
The top prize came to a $5000 cash payout and a new boat with $38995 value. Two Door County residents placed in the top twenty. Spenser Samplawski of Egg Harbor partnered with Kyle Steinfeldt of Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and placed fifth. They were leading after day one and ended with a $3100 payout. Adam Rasmussen placed seventeenth with Sam Mcsharry of Fall Creek. Their prize amounted to $1075. The North American Bass Challenge will be back in Sturgeon Bay this Fall. Full results of the weekend tournament can be found here.
(L to R: Kyle Steinfeldt, Spenser Samplawski)