2016-04-28 / Outdoors

Anglers gear up for Scott Brow Fish Derby

By Jay Bushen
Of The Enterprise staff


THOUSANDS OF brown trout made Lake Michigan their home last week as the Department of Natural Resources stocked fish in Frankfort, Glen Arbor and Leland. This photo was taken in Fishtown last Wednesday — seven days before Northport Sportsman’s Club members planted 300-350 brown trout into the Old Mill Pond for Saturday’s Scott Brow Fish Derby. Photo: Ian Stanley via The Cove THOUSANDS OF brown trout made Lake Michigan their home last week as the Department of Natural Resources stocked fish in Frankfort, Glen Arbor and Leland. This photo was taken in Fishtown last Wednesday — seven days before Northport Sportsman’s Club members planted 300-350 brown trout into the Old Mill Pond for Saturday’s Scott Brow Fish Derby. Photo: Ian Stanley via The Cove Rain or shine, faces are bound to light up in Northport on Saturday as the annual Scott Brow Fish Derby returns to the Old Mill Pond.

The event is sponsored by the Northport Sportsman’s Club and organized in honor of Scott Brow, a Leelanau Township angler who died in a car accident in 1977. He was 18.

Dave Korson, president of the Northport Sportsman’s Club, said more than 300 brown trout will be stocked for the occasion, giving Leelanau County kids a great chance to catch a fever for fishing from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“If you stick it out for the day you’ll more than likely catch some fish,” Korson said. “It’s just a good time, a good way to spend opening day of trout season. It’s a great way to get the kids to pick up a fishing pole. Many of them have never done it before.”

Prizes will be awarded to those catching the three longest fish.

Bait, bobbers and fishing poles will be available free of charge, although families are encouraged to bring fishing gear if they have it.

Anglers typically show up early and in large numbers, even with Leelanau County Soccer Club games taking place at the same time. Saturday’s forecast (as of Tuesday) calls for mostly sunny skies and a high of 62 degrees.

“The weather looks like it’s going to be good,” said Jack Moorlag, treasurer of the Sportsman’s Club. “I would think we’re probably going to see a pretty good turnout, should be a couple hundred kids out there Saturday morning. Hopefully they’ll catch their limit.”

Coffee and donuts will be provided in the morning before hot dogs hit the grill around 11 a.m. Chips and lemonade will be served, as well.

“We get very, very good participation from local businesses and individuals in helping sponsor the event, a lot of donations,” Moorlag said. “It’s a big event. Kids love it, parents have a great time and we make sure that every kid has a good chance of lining some fish.”

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