Woonsocket Native Dewey Hjelm wins national tournament

By the National Walleye Tour and members of the Sanborn Weekly Journal staff

dewey hjelm proudly poses with the trophy he earned when he won first place in the National Walleye Tour competition held at Green Bay, Wis.

Green Bay is known as perhaps the premier big-walleye fishery in the country but catching a five-fish limit can be difficult. Recently at the fourth and final qualifying event of the 2022 National Walleye Tour season, presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, bait was abundant, which meant coaxing walleyes to bite was downright baffling at times. In these challenging conditions, the cream of the crop always rises to the top. For the second time in his young career, the best of the best was 35-year-old Duane “Dewey” Hjelm. By doubling down, Hjelm proved he’s not just a Missouri River stick; he’s one of the best in the business.

Lately, Green Bay tournaments have been dominated by fishermen who run north and structure fish. Casting and reading forward-facing electronics is a thrilling way to target huge walleyes, but it’s also nerve wracking as the anglers know they’ll be lucky to receive a handful of bites. For that reason, Green Bay leaderboards are notorious for flip-flopping. Proving their mettle, Hjelm and others at the top stayed remarkably consistent this week.

…Read on in this week’s issue of the Sanborn Weekly Journal!

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