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Monday, August 12, 2019

Fishing Derby Reels in Big Winner

Lake Huron | by Megan Johnson  

A Widdes of Walkerton took home $15,000 for top Salmon while Ackert of Kincardine took home 7,500 for Trout

The Chantry Chinook Classic Fishing Derby has crowned its winners with the heaviest salmon in over 15 years claiming the top spot with 28.96 lbs which was caught by Walkerton's Caitlin Widdes.

Widdes took home the top prize of $15,000 with Ernest Ackert of Kincardine winning the trout prize of $7,500 with his 28.29lb catch.

Other local winners in the top three include Justin Wdowiak of Port Elgin for the salmon category and Gaige Jackson of Port Elgin  placing second in the trout category.

Chair of the Derby, Brian Lang who caught a few Salmon himself including a 16.66lbs  catch says there was only one day that didn't see many anglers on the water due to weather.

"I knew we would get something around 25 lbs but I didn't think I'd see it go as high as 29 lbs and I think that's super. When you see what these fish are coming in at... they're really healthy and have a lot of strength to them," he says.

Lang says that means the fish are getting well fed and next year's Derby will see heavier fish.

The fisherman says going into the last two days of the Derby tickets sales exceeded 2018.

"I just want to thank everyone for supporting the Derby. That's the only way we can raise money for the Lake Huron Fishing Club and its two fish hatcheries; the one in Kincardine which is for our Brown and Rainbow Trout and the one in Port Elgin which raises Chinook Salmon for release," says Lang.

The Lake Huron Fishing Club is also gearing up to begin the School Hatchery Program which see's aquariums placed in area elementary schools with fertilized eggs with the smelts growing during the school year, and released into the Saugeen River in the Spring. 

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