Tuttle Creek Club Tournament

The Kansas State University Fishing Team kicked off their club tournaments on their home lake of Tuttle Creek. Tuttle Creek is a shallow, dirty-water lake with lots of rip rap, laydowns, and brushpiles. Popular lure choices are jigs, spinnerbaits, chatterbaits, and squarebills.

Conditions were ideal, with overcast skies and water temperatures in the low to mid seventies. The lake limit is 18” fish but with a Kansas Black Bass Tournament Pass, each angler is allowed two fish of at least 15 inches. This means that each team could bring in up to four 15” fish plus any 18” fish.

The fishing was great, with almost every team bringing in at least four fish. The big bite was what separated the top two teams. Weighing in 19.34 pounds of bass, Ben Zuk and Ethan Dhuyvetter took home the win. Second place went to Lance Maldonado and Nathen Kozlowski with 14.76 pounds. “We were flipping shallow wood with various plastics, and we fortunately ran into some big bites” quotes Ben Zuk, whom is a senior studying Physical Therapy.

Final Results

  1. Ben Zuk/Ethan Dhuyvetter – 19.34 lbs
  2. Lance Maldonado/Nathen Kozlowski – 14.76 lbs
  3. Tyler Hetzel/Austin Twite – 12.8 lbs
  4. Taylor Bivins/Kyle Alsop – 12.02 lbs
  5. Sam Starr/Alex Fulkerson – 10.65 lbs
  6. Otto/Jarret – 10.02 lbs
  7. Kyle Swanson/Dan Towsley – 9.65 lbs
  8. Ryan Patterson/Garret Cates – 6.68 lbs


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