Three days are left in the Chantry Chinook Classic Fishing Derby and the top of the leader board boast some heavy fish.
Salmon Top 3
1:Caitlin Widdes of Walkerton -28.96 lbs
2: Melissa Vallance of Mississauga – 25.22 lbs
3: Justin Wdowiak of Port Elgin – 24.10
Trout Top 3
1:Ernest Ackert of Kincardine -28.29 lbs
2: Gaige Jackson of Port Elgin –22.12 lbs
3:Coreuy Engler of Wellesley -19.65 lbs
Widdes was fishing with her family on the holiday Monday (August 5) and caught the heaviest salmon the derby has seen in years.
In a July interview with Bayshore Broadcasting Derby Chairman, Fisherman Brian Lang says the lakes saw lean years, but says things are changing.
"It's improving, it's improving a lot," Lang says. "We're marking a lot more bait fish and the fish are really healthy this year and we've got fish that have some depth in their bodies which we did not see a few years ago,".
Lang says he's been fishing in the Derby since its inception and says the biggest Salmon he's caught was 29 lbs which "pulled him all over the place", and although some fishermen keep their techniques close to their chests, Lang says, "it's all about being at the right spot at the right time,".
The 2018 winner was a 23.00 lb Salmon caught by Michael Koepke from Southampton.
The 2018 Trout winner was 26.84 lb was caught by Mike Weber from Waterloo
More information including rules, weight stations and the top 25 leader board can be found here.
The derby ends August 11.