We were very fortunate to have fantastic fishing conditions for our 2023 Minnow Fund Event held on Leesville Lake this past Saturday. 30 anglers came out to hunt for a Leesville monster muskie while helping to raise money to feed all the future giants in our hatcheries. We received 17 fish submissions over 30″ and Brad Evans landed the biggest fish of the day with a 44″ Huskie Muskie! Brad was awarded the $150 Big Fish cash pot, but he only asked to have his 2024 club membership be paid for and then very generously donated the rest of his winnings back to the Minnow Fund! Brad will also be presented with a first-place plaque at our awards banquet in February 2024. Congratulations Brad and thank you again for your very generous donation!
Great job to the following anglers who also caught and submitted fish during the event:
Brad Evans – 44″ and 38″
Alex Turner – 43″, 39″, and 35″
Dave White – 40.75″, 37″, and 35.75″
Gary Andreis – 40.25″ and 37.5″
David Simmons – 39″ and 34″
Tim Smith – 38.5″ and 36.5″
Derek Halas – 38″ and 33″
Gordon Lynn – 33″
After a full day of fishing, hungry anglers gathered at Leesville South Fork Marina to share fish stories over a tasty meal. The fine folks at the South Fork Marina remained open late for us and made sure we were well fed with delicious sausage hoagies and hot dogs with all sorts of toppings, plus sides and beverages. Next time you visit Leesville Lake you should definitely stop in the South Fork Marina for tasty eats, drinks, muskie baits, and other supplies in their charming setting.
At the end of the day, this event is all about raising funds to feed the future generations of Ohio muskies, and we succeeded in raising $825 to be donated to the Minnow Fund! Portions of entry fees from every OHMC tournament are donated to the Minnow Fund, plus any additional donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. The price of minnows to feed developing muskies in our hatcheries has gone way up, and these Minnow Fund contributions are more important now than ever. Thank you to everyone who came out for this event and to Leesville South Fork Marina for hosting our post-tournament check-in. Be sure to mark your calendars now for our final tournament of the year on Saturday October 21st at West Branch Reservoir.