Local fishing contests had successful seasons

This article submitted by Linda Stelling on 9/9/97.

With the summer fast coming to an end, the Hilltop Stop and Outdoor Store are concluding their fishing contests.

More than 35 fishermen entered the ďcatch and releaseĒ fishing contests sponsored by the Hilltop Stop. ďWe received a lot of positive feedback from the contest,Ē Shawn Evans, owner, said of the contest.

ďDue to the type of contest sponsored, we did not have a lot of photos brought into the store,Ē Evans said. ďWe expected that for a new contest. It will take some time for fishermen to get used to the new concept. We are planning on holding the contest again next year.Ē

Allen Boie and Neil Hemingson were the top fishermen in the ďcatch and releaseĒ contest. Boiís top catch was a 34-inch northern caught in Lake Koronis on Aug. 8. Hemingson caught a 27.5-inch walleye on Rice Lake in June. Both men received gift certificates from Hilltop Stop.

Lee Schmitt, Outdoor Store owner, said, ďFishing has been excellent this summer. A lot of nice fish have been caught in area lakes and we consider the contest a real success. One crappie brought in from Rice Lake was only five ounces off the state record,Ē he added.

The Outdoor Store has had almost 50 winners throughout the contest. Prizes awarded included: $20 gift certificates to the top northern and walleye; $15 gift certificates to the top large mouth bass and small mouth bass; and $10 gift certificates to the top crappie and sunfish.

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