THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
800 Fish Hauled In During 32nd Brown Trout Derby
What a difference a year makes!
After a subpar catch of 347 fish last year, the annual M&M Brown Trout Derby proved to be bigger and more successful in 2012.
With 516 fishermen taking to the bay of Green Bay and Lake Michigan over the weekend, the 32nd annual event saw 800 fish get caught...437 on Saturday and 363 Sunday.
The biggest turnaround came in the brown trout class where 215 fish were hauled in this year compared to just 13 in 2011. A key reason for the upswing was a stocking effort by the Wisconsin DNR and the M&M Great Lakes Fishing Group.
Menominee native Sam Sieminski was the top fisherman with the biggest brown and rainbow trout.
Fishermen battled 3-4 foot waves Saturday morning with most of the action concluded by mid-day.
We were all set and lines in the water by 5am Saturday. By 9:30 most of the action was done. It was rough out there with 3-4 footers, but we battled it out and stayed until mid-afternoon, Mike Unger said.
Tammy Paoli and Kevin King of the Wisconsin DNR were on hand to check fish for lamprey wounds, take scales to age chinook and watch for clipped fish, which indicates they were raised in hatcheries around the state.
Topping the brown trout leaderboard was Sam Sieminski with a 18.35 pounder followed by Duane Erickson 15.92, Dana Price 15.74, Pat Borths 15.06, Justin Hofer 14.24, Troy Melka 12.83, Rich Schmidt 12.58, Ron Waloway 11.71, Kimberly Tischendorf 11.69 and Brett Dessart 10.90.
Rainbow trout leaders included Sieminski 12.02, John McAuliffe 10.43, Jeron Tebo 10.32, Jason Kinney 10.28 and Doug Toupalik 10.12.
Riley DeLaurelle had the biggest walleye at 7.73 pounds followed by Mike Furmanski 6.08, Steve Sislo 5.87, Kevin LeBoeuf 5.83 and John Stauber 5.66.
In the salmon department, Tristan Kuntze weighed in the biggest fish at 18.42 pounds, Gene Anderla 18.41, Mark Wachal 18.35, DeLue Miller 18.23 and Jim McDonald 18.21.