A total of 28 anglers ventured to Pymatuning Lake for our Summer contest event. Saturday was one windy day with gusts to knock your socks off. Sunday was a more typical summer day. Fishing was tough but 7 anglers put fish in the boat lead by Chuck Land. Winning the tournament with 4 fish, Chuck netted a 48.25″ beast as well as a pair of 41″ fish and a 38″. In second place with a beast of his own, Frank Smith landed a 48″ Huskie. Also catching fish were
Tom Morris 30″, Rick Mayor 40″, Diane Daniels 39″, Bob Basic 36″ and Jack McAllister 32″.
The Summer contest is also the time we draw the winner of our Grand Prize Raffle. Shelley Leglise is the winner of a one week stay at the North Fork Studio Cabin at Leesville, a Excalibur Rod Works custom rod, a Shimano Tranx 300 reel, a Muskie Bumper measuring board and a Muskie Train tackle box with lots of baits. Congratulations Shelley and thank you for all who supported the raffle through their donations and for all who took a chance to be the winner.
Our final event of the year will be the 10th Annual Minnow Fund Event, Saturday Oct 1st at West branch.
Here are some pictures from the weekend
Our 52nd Annual Summer Contest will be at Pymatuning lake Saturday July 9th and Sunday , July 10th. The tournament begins at 7:00 am Saturday and you can fish all the way to Sunday at 2:00 pm. All fish must be reported by 2:30 pm Sunday at the Duck N Drake (7038 Pymatuning Lake Rd, Andover, OH). First and second place will receive trophies at our banquet in 2023. Scoring will be based on points with each fish 30” or greater getting 4 points for the fish and additional points for every inch over 30 inches. For example, a 42.5” fish would earn 4 points plus 12.5 points for a total of 16.5 points. The winner will be the highest total points for the weekend. Entry fee is $20 with a Big Fish pool of $5. All fish entered will be based on a honor system, no pictures are required but please take some pictures of your fish for our Instagram and Facebook pages.
You can register on lines at
Also you can register in person at the Duck N Drake from 6:00 to 7:00 am on Saturday.
What a great day to be on the water chasing muskies. A total of 14 muskies were caught by 9 of the 39 anglers hoping to land a giant. The muskies were elusive at times, some still beat up by the spawn, and maybe even a few still to spawn which is crazy for this time of year. Fish were caught super shallow and very deep. Jabez Burford won the event with a 43.5″ muskie, just edging out Diane Lippart who caught a 42.5″ beast. Jabez also caught 4 additional muskies of 35″, 36″, 38″ and 41.5″. Dave White continued his string of catching a muskie in each of our events so far in 2022 by landing a 40″ muskie. Phil Ringenbach just missed the 40″ mark by catching a 39.75″ fish and also lost a real nice one at the boat. Others catching fish were Bob Basic 36″, Michael Kinney 35″, Dave Archer 33″, and Jerry Rice 33.75″. Derek Halas continued his good streak of tournament fishing by catching a 30″ and 32″ fishing out of his lucky kayak.
Here are pictures of David’s 40″ fish and Jabez’s winning 43.5″ muskie
Our next event will be our Summer Contest at Pymatuning on July 9th and 10th.
What is the only thing to do after May Madness……have a LungeFest at Leesville lake. The Leesville LungeFest will be held on Saturday, June 11th from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. This is a one-day event where the longest muskie 30 inches or over by length wins the event. All fish must be turned in no later than 6:30 pm at the launch ramp parking lot. Registration will be from 6:00 am -7:00 am at the launch ramp south of the dam. You can also register online at
Entry is $15 with an optional $5 Big Fish pool.
Well that was maddening. We had 31 anglers sign up to fish Salt Fork Lake Saturday for our May Madness event, 18 in the Big Fish pool and 13 in the Total Points pool. Fairly calm day started out with cloud cover and then partly cloudy sky with temperatures in the high 70s. Shad were spawning on the shorelines and the muskies were close by, but seemed to have a case of lockjaw. We had just 6 fish make it to the net, with a few others including a giant lost at the net. We also had a 39″ shovel-head catfish make it to the net on Saturday by Bill Lambert and prefishing a 42″ giant on Friday from Derek Halas’ kayak.
The winner of the event with a 43.75″ muskie was David White. David is on a roll since he also won the IceBreaker event at Piedmont. The Big Fish pool of $90 was one by Kyle Jones with a 40″ fish, one of two muskies Kyle caught. The Total Points pool was won by David White, which means David took home a pool prize of $273. Second place in the Total Points pool worth $137 was won by Jason Hubert with a 32.5″ muskie. Jason took third place at last year’s event. Since no angler was able to capture 3rd place, the pool money of $45 was donated to the Minnow Fund.
Our next event is the Leesville LungeFest on Saturday June 11th, hope to see you there.
Here are pictures from the event