Saukville angler lands top prize with lake trout in Port Lionsâ€™ annual Lake Michigan fishing derby
Tom Sanden reeled in the top award in the Port Washington Lions Clubâ€™s annual Lake Michigan fish derby last weekend.
Sanden, a Saukville resident, won the grand prize of $1,500 in a drawing between anglers who had the first-place catches in each of five categories.
He won the lake-trout category with a catch that weighed 14.7 pounds.
The top finishers by category follow.
Chinook salmon â€” First place, Dennis Bartelt, Grafton, 20.2 pounds; second, Ryan Barsch, Port Washington, 19.9; 3, Jordan Schwanz, Port Washington, 19.5; fourth, Leroy Sydow, Columbus, 18.8.
Coho salmon â€” First, Jeff Visser, Waupun, 7.2; second, Bryan Johnson, West Bend, 6.9; third, Mark Kleppin, Jackson, 6.3; fourth, Dan Kropidlowski, Cedarburg, 6.3.
Brown trout â€” First, Ken Schlosser, Mequon, 14.9; second, Jerry Booth, Mazomanie, 12.0; third, Larry Lorenz, Port Washington, 11.1; fourth, Joe Kaberleton, Germantown, 8.2.
Lake trout â€” First, Tom Sanden, Saukville, 14.7; second, Jeff Watzlawick, West Bend, 13.3; third, Chad Andree, Port Washington, 11.9; fourth, Mark Kleppin, Jackson, 10.7.
Rainbow trout â€” First, Jeff Siira, Oak Creek, 9.7; second, Jim Brooks, Fredonia, 8.4; third, Mark Arle, Port Washington, 8.2; fourth, Ken Carter, Mazomanie, 7.5.
In each category, $300 was awarded to the first-place finisher, followed by $200 for second, $100 for third and $50 for fourth.
A total of 199 anglers entered this yearâ€™s derby, which was held Saturday and Sunday. The event is part of the clubâ€™s annual Lionsfest celebration.
Image Information: FOUR OF THE FIVE category winners in this yearâ€™s Port Washington Lions Club fishing derby posed with their catches. Shown above (from left) are Tom Sanden, lake trout; Dennis Bartelt, chinook salmon; Ken Schlosser, brown trout; and Jeff Siira, rainbow trout. Missing from the photo is Jeff Visser, coho salmon. Each received a $300 prize for their first-place finishes. Sanden also won a $1,500 grand prize in a drawing between the category champions. Photo by Sam Arendt