Summer Contest is On!

After a great Lunge Fest at Leesville, we are all ready for the next great event which will be our Summer Contest Saturday and Sunday July 11th and 12th at Piedmont Lake.   With our colder than normal spring, water temperatures for this event in one month should be in great shape, and with Piedmont having a history of big fish, should provide some exciting results.  The event will begin at 7 am on Saturday and concludes at 2 pm on Sunday.  All fish 30 inches or greater will count and be scored using the standard Muskies Inc. method.  Winners of 1st place and 2nd place will receive trophies at our 2021 Banquet.  All fish must be turned into the Tournament Director by 2:30 pm at the Piedmont Marina parking lot.

Being a two-day event, we have talked with the folks at Piedmont Marina and there is tent camping available for that weekend.   Each site has a concrete pad for boat and trailer and room for two tents on the grass.   Contact the Watershed and make your reservations at

You can register for the event one of 3 ways:

Register online at

the online registration includes payment thru PayPal.

Or, Mail your registration to OHMC, 17712 Edgewater, Lakewood, Ohio 44107,

Or, register in person Friday evening from 6 pm to 8 pm or Saturday morning from 6 am to 7 am in the Piedmont Marina parking lot; look for our canopy.  We will be observing best practices for Covid 19 during registration.

We encourage registration online or by mail to respect the risks due to Covid 19.  In that light, we will not be providing a fish fry Friday night nor a steak fry Saturday night which is what has been done in the past.

The entry fee will be $20 and there will be a big fish pool entry of $5.   Money raised will be used to fund our contribution to the Minnow Fund.   In the past 7 years, we have donated over $43,000 to the stocking efforts in Ohio.   Thank you for your support which has made this a reality.  In addition, at registration either online, or in the mail or in person, you can purchase tickets to our Grand Prize drawing which will take place Sunday afternoon after the tournament.

We look forward to seeing you all there.


Here are the rules for the event

2020 Summer Contest Rules


Here is the Grand Prize.


2020 Grand prize board

Lunge Fest 2020 Results

Wow, what a day.  Started out a little cool with patches of drizzle and rain but then the sun came out for a beautiful afternoon.  A great turnout of 56 anglers seeking to unlock the magic of Leesville Lake were ready to go at 7 am.  Jason Basic foretold what was to come by landing an impressive 49 inch giant early in the morning. In fact too early in the morning, just one half hour before the tournament was to start.  We also had some exciting first catches……Colton Harmon got his first muskie with a 43″ and Maggie Butara, our Social Media Director, was thrilled to land her first 10 minutes into the event, a solid 39.75″.  By the end of the day, a total of 18 muskies were registered for the event, but there were also a few fish caught that were not registered.  The fish were clearly active Saturday.  When it was all said and done, after a nice long nap midday, Rick Simpson managed to be awake long enough to catch the big fish of the tournament, a hefty 46″ beast.   Here is the complete list of fish and a few pictures.  Check out our Instagram page and Facebook for more pictures as they are sent in by our anglers.  We are nearing 1,000 followers on Instagram and will have a prize package to be awarded when the magic number is reached….so if you are not already following us, jump on board and you could win some cool lures and a selection of products from Cleveland Fishing Company.

Rick Simpson 46′ and 44″

Colton Harmon 43″

Maggie Butara 39.75″

Dave White 39.5″ and 38.5″

Jerry Rice 38.5″

Neil Butara 38.5″ and 38.25″

Will Tolerton 38.5″,35″ and 31″

Dave Zastawny 38″ and 34″

Chuck Land Sr. 37″

Larry Connelly 36.5″

Matt Clark 35″

Kevin Proffitt 33.5″