Oostburg angler takes top prize after landing first-place rainbow trout
Randy Mueller landed the top award in the Port Washington Lions Club’s annual Lake Michigan fish derby last weekend.
Mueller, an Oostburg resident, won the grand prize of $1,500 in a drawing that included the anglers who had the first-place catches in each of five categories.
Mueller’s 10.9-pound catch took top honors among rainbow trout.
Tom Sanden of Saukville placed second in the same category with a 10.5-pound catch, followed by Tim Rumlow of Sheboygan in third (10.2) and Patric Fischer of West Bend in fourth (9.6).
The other top finishers by category follow.
Chinook salmon — First, Mark Perkins, Janesville, 21.9; second, Ivan Stross, Oak Creek, 17.9; third, Mike Rankey, Grafton, 17.4; fourth, Ed Westbury, Lodi, 16.8.
Coho salmon — First, Chris Ksiosck, Port Washington, 8.1; second, Ryan Barsch, Port Washington, 7.8; third, Reid Nehls, Juneau, 7.8; fourth, Jerry Kuhaupt, West Bend, 7.5.
Brown trout — First, Henry Tilidetzke, West Bend, 16.1; second, Nick Glodowski, Port Washington, 14.0; third, Carmen Tilidetzke, West Bend, 11.3; fourth, Brad Booth, Mazomaine, 9.5.
Lake trout — First, Peter Vickman, West Bend, 20.1; second, Arnie Palagais, Racine, 13.7; third, Alan May, 10.6, Kewaskum, 10.6; fourth, Will Rogers, Dellwood, Minn., 8.6.
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 241 anglers entered this year’s derby, with 140 of them registering catches. Of the 280 fish registered, 220 were chinook salmon.
The derby was part of the club’s annual Lions Fest celebration.