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Free fishing weekend a hit at Land of Lakes fishing derby

Chuck Creighton with possibly a state record Pickerel Pike.

Chuck Creighton with possibly a state record Pickerel Pike.

About 300 men, women and children descended on the chain of lakes in Spencer Township for the yearly ice fishing derby that takes place each February during the state’s winter free fishing weekend.

“We had 200 men and women registered to fish and approximately another 100 just out enjoying the free fishing weekend, weather, and good company on Lincoln, Little Lincoln, Black, Friant, Blue, Cedar, Maston, and Little Muskelunge Lakes,” said Pam Bradfield, organizer of the Land of Lakes fishing derby.

She reported that the weather was great and the ice was also in very good condition with most places reporting 11 inches thick.

“With it being a free fishing weekend, all ages apppeared to be having fun whether they were fishing, enjoying the company of good friends, or just rolling in the snow,” remarked Bradfield.

First place winners included:

Pike : Terry Lehman 34-1/2 inches and 9.4 lbs

Perch: Nathan Harger 12-3/4 inches and 14oz.

Speck: Dale Lubahn 11-5/8 inches and 14oz.

Bluegill: Bill Troxel 9-5/8 inches and 10oz.

Largest Trash fish: Chuck Chreighton 21-1/4 inch Sucker 4lbs. 4oz.

Smallest fish caught: Zach Rayburn with a 1 7/8 inch Bluegill.

Ryan Huntly and his brother Jacob Moody took the “Green Hornet” traveling trophy for best weight in the 3-man event.

Bradfield said there were no walleye caught this year.

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