2018-05-03 / Outdoors

Patient anglers prevail at fish derby; top trout measured nearly 17 inches


WABZY FOX of Northport manned up the east side of the pond Saturday afternoon during the annual Scott Brow Memorial Fish Derby in Northport. WABZY FOX of Northport manned up the east side of the pond Saturday afternoon during the annual Scott Brow Memorial Fish Derby in Northport. Kids of all ages bundled up in Northport on Saturday morning for what was a slower-than-usual Scott Brow Memorial Fish Derby.

“It was slow,” said Dave Korson, president of the Northport Sportsman’s Club. “The only thing most of us could think of is that full moon. It was an unusual first hour. Usually, it’s no problem catching fish. It ended up being a good day with a lot of fish caught, though. They were catching fish right up until we closed things down.”

One “kid,” Suttons Bay senior Garrett Keith, said it was one of the more challenging derbies he can remember.

At about 12:30 p.m., the standout basketball player said he had only caught two browns, attributing that to cold weather. Temps were below 40 degrees for most the derby.


THE DERBY is sponsored by the Northport Sportsman’s Club in honor of Scott Brow, who died from injuries sustained in a 1977 car accident at the age of 18. THE DERBY is sponsored by the Northport Sportsman’s Club in honor of Scott Brow, who died from injuries sustained in a 1977 car accident at the age of 18. First- through third-place winners were Alex Oosse of Traverse City (16 3/4 inches), Andrew MacWilliams of Traverse City (13 3/4 inches) and Carter Wien of LeRoy (13 3/4 inches).

Each winner received a trophy and a couple gift certificates courtesy of Northport-area businesses.

“They were some happy campers,” Korson said.



SOME 20,000 rainbow trout recently made their way from a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) truck into Glen Lake from the Narrows Bridge. More recently, on Monday, the MDNR planted 18,400 lake trout into Lake Leelanau’s north basin near Houdek Creek, Bruce Price of Lake Leelanau said. At press time, neither planting showed up in the MDNR Fish Stocking Database for 2018. The database only shows five brown-trout plantings: 3,000 into Lake Michigan on April 2; two plantings of 8,250 into Lake Michigan on April 5; and two plantings — one of 7,370 and one of 7,342 — into Lime Lake on April 12. SOME 20,000 rainbow trout recently made their way from a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) truck into Glen Lake from the Narrows Bridge. More recently, on Monday, the MDNR planted 18,400 lake trout into Lake Leelanau’s north basin near Houdek Creek, Bruce Price of Lake Leelanau said. At press time, neither planting showed up in the MDNR Fish Stocking Database for 2018. The database only shows five brown-trout plantings: 3,000 into Lake Michigan on April 2; two plantings of 8,250 into Lake Michigan on April 5; and two plantings — one of 7,370 and one of 7,342 — into Lime Lake on April 12.

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