Port Lions Club derby attracts anglers from around the Midwest
The winning catches trended toward the super-sized in the Port Washington Lions Club’s annual Lake Michigan fish derby last weekend.
The largest fish in the five categories topped each of last year’s winners.
“There seemed to be fewer fish this year, but the fish they were bringing in were quite a bit larger,” said derby organizer Dave Mueller.
The top four chinook salmon registered during the tournament each weighed more than 23 pounds. This year’s fourth-place fish topped the category winner from last year.
Winning the battle of the scale was a 26.1 pound chinook hauled in by Ivan Stross of Oak Creek.
Although no records were set this year, Mueller said there are even larger lunkers lurking off the shore of Port Washington.
“We had a guy bring in a 29.8 pound salmon on Sunday, but he was too late to register,” Mueller said.
The derby’s financial winner was Randy Visser, of Waupun, who won the grand prize of $1,500 in a drawing between anglers who had the first-place catches in each of five categories.
Visser won the coho-salmon category with a catch that weighed 9.8 pounds
The top finishers by category follow.
Chinook salmon — First place, Ivan Stross, Oak Creek, 26.1 pounds; second, Matt Ebbert, Grafton, 25.5; third, Corte Jacqin, West Bend, 24.8; fourth, Dominic Federighe, Pewaukee, 23.8.
Coho salmon — First, Randy Visser, Waupun, 9.8 pounds; second, Dean Jackson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 8.5; third, Jeff Visser, Waupun, 7.7; fourth, Jim Champeau, Saukville, 6.1.
Brown trout — First, Doug Tomasino, Kewaskum, 18.2 pounds; second, Bella Booth, Mazomaine, 15.7; third, Jerry Booth, Mazomaine, 12.1; fourth, Bill Sarver, Menominee, Mich., 10.8.
Lake trout — First, Henry Tilidetzke, West Bend, 13.7 pounds; second, Terry Placzck, West Bend, 12.2; third, Donald Yochem, West Bend, 11.2; fourth, Andy Korducki, Milwaukee, 11.2.
Rainbow trout — First, Scott Nothem, West Bend, 12.8 pounds; second, Bill Gilbert, West Bend, 11.3; third, Dean Jackson, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, 10.8; fourth, Bill Sarver, Menominee, Mich., 10.6.
In each category, $300 was awarded to the first-place finisher, followed by $200 for second, $100 for third and $50 for fourth.
The derby drew 205 registrations, down slightly from last year.
“We down a little in numbers, and I think that was because the fishing on the lake has been a little tough this year compared the wonderful year we had last year,” Mueller said. “Still, we managed to draw people from all over the Midwest and everyone seemed to have a good time.”
The derby is part of the club’s annual Lionsfest celebration.
Image Information: HUGE CATCHES WERE no fish stories during the Port Washington Lions Club Fish Derby, which wrapped up Sunday. Derby winners included (top photo, from left) Scott Nothem with his rainbow trout, Ivan Stross with his chinook salmon, Henry Tilidetzke with his lake trout and Randy Visser with his coho salmon. Doug Tomasino, who caught the largest brown trout, is not pictured. In addition to some spirited fishing, Lionsfest offered two days of food, music and games. Photo by Sam Arendt