What we thought would be a hot bite, turned into a tough bite. We had 41 anglers attack West Branch from every angle both casting and trolling, conventional gear and fly rods, big Ranger boats and kayaks. When the “dust” settled Corey Zelinski won the event with 2 fish, a 40″ and 39″ for a total of 27 points. Just a touch behind also with 2 fish of 41.5″ and 37″ was Jason Chalmers for a total of 26.5 points. Just behind Jason’s 26.5 points, was Derek Halas who also caught 2 fish of 40″ and 38″ for a total of 26 points. Derek was one of the fisherman who catches his fish from a kayak. Justin Knecht was able to net 3 fish of 38″, 33″ and 32.5″. Russ Roberts caught 2 of 34″ and 40″. Others catching fish were Mike Mindala 38″, Anna Land 30″, Greg Eischen 35.75″, Kevin LaRoche 38″ and Justin Branham 35″.
We were able to raise over $1,000 for the Minnow Fund through this event, so a big thank you to all who entered and the many who donated extra dollars for the Minnow Fund.
This event concludes our 2021 fishing events. Our next big event will be our Banquet at the SYB Party Center on February 19, 2022. Make you plans to be there and watch Corey and Jason accept their Minnow Fund Outing trophies.
Corey holding a beauty
The final event of 2021 is our 9th Annual Minnow Fund Outing at West Branch on Saturday September 25th and Sunday September 26th. Given that we are in a pre-turnover period, the fish should be feeding heavy to begin bulking up for the winter. The tournament will run from 7:00 am Saturday to 2:00 pm Sunday. Tournament registration is online at
You can also register in person at the West Ramp of West Branch from 6:00 am to 8:00 am on Saturday. All fish must be turned in to the tournament director by 2:30 pm on Sunday at the West Ramp.
All entries fees will go directly into the Minnow Fund. We will not be having any raffles, so any donations also would be very much appreciated and would go directly into the Minnow Fund. Entry fee is $20 with a Big Fish pool of $5 if you chose to participate. First and second place will receive trophies at our banquet in 2022. 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. 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.