Winners named in Angler contest

by Nick Wognum

by Nick Wognum<BR><BR>The 2004 North Country Angler fishing contest wrapped up this week with prizes handed out for Section Three winners and the grand prize. <BR><BR>The top prize winner is chosen from all entries received, including Catch and Release entries turned in throughout the season.<BR><BR>The grand prize winner of a trip for two to Zup’s Lac La Croix for three days, two nights was Tom Poderzay of Soudan, who caught an 11 lb. 3 oz. walleye and registered it at Vermilion Fuel and Food. <BR><BR>Congratulations to all those who entered the contest this year!<BR><BR>The Section Three winners were:<BR><BR>Walleye: 12 lb. caught in Farm Lake by Tim Steuck of Dassel, MN and entered at Timber Trail Lodge.<BR><BR>Northern: 10 lb. caught in Fall Lake by Nicole Johnson of Canton, MN and registered at Voyageur North Outfitters.<BR><BR>Bass: 5 lb. 4 oz. caught in Moose Lake by Fred Floura of Duluth, MN, entered at Skube’s Bait and Tackle.<BR><BR>Lake Trout: 8 lb. 2 oz. caught in Snowbank Lake by Ken Holub of Oak Forest, IL and registered at Jackpine Lodge.<BR><BR>With the end of the North Country Angler contest, the start of fall fishing is well underway. <BR><BR>Anglers reported finding nice sized walleyes in Shagawa Lake while jigging with minnows in 24 feet of water. The week before the hot action was in four to seven feet.<BR><BR>As we’ve said before, successful anglers are the ones who are willing to try different depths and presentations to find fish.<BR><BR>Fall is also a hot time for trout fishing, specifically for brook, splake and rainbow trout.<BR><BR>Every year around the middle to the end of October, the put-and-take trout in stocked lakes turn on at the end of the stream trout season which will fall on Halloween, October 31.<BR><BR>Lake trout season ends on Sept. 30 while other game fish continue through to Feb. 20. <BR><BR>Plenty of guys will put their fishing poles away this time of year but there are others who will grab a shotgun in one hand and fishing pole in the other, in search of the elusive surf and turf outdoor experience.<BR><BR>The North Country Angler fishing contest will be back next summer, providing anglers with the inside info on the where and how fish are being caught in the Ely area. <BR><BR>We thank all the advertisers for their participation!