THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Weather Dampens Derby Fish Totals
Some heavy rain and unseasonable cold temperatures put a damper on the number of fish registered during the 33rd annual M&M Great Lakes Brown Trout Derby. A total of 103 fish were actually caught, including 70 Saturday, by the 457 participants. Chinook salmon was the most popular fish hauled in at 68.
In the brown trout category, Jim Philipps and his dad Wendell registered the two biggest fish. Jim latched on to a 12.04 pound brown and Wendell a 11.90 pounder, both on Saturday. The number three brown trout was caught by Wendy Hall at 11.69 pounds followed by Darren Tolan 11.19, Jason Koenigs 11.03, John McAuliffe 10.59, Riley Thill 7.60, Chip Reiswitz 7.57, Greg Langlois 6.86 and Justin Oberdorfer 6.85.
Stephenson fisherman Riley DeLaurelle, just 15 years of age, landed the biggest chinook salmon at 24.15 pounds followed by Jim McDonald 24.03, Victora Vertz 23.51, Ed Myers 23.35 and Ryan Pivatto 21.63.
Pacing the rainbow trout category was Bren Patterson with a 12.99 pounder, Keaton Uecke 11.94, Todd Walk 9.36, Adam Clark 8.82 and Joe Brunette 7.47.
Top five walleyes were caught by Gary Pell 6.87 pounds, Rick Schmidt 6.11, Pete Pericolosi 6.07, Joe Lauer 5.44 and Butch Hipke 5.26.