Budd Lake Fishing Derby Fun For All
Sunny Skies for Area Anglers
By Dianne Alward-Biery
Cleaver Staff Writer
Copyright Clare County Cleaver
HARRISON – It was another perfect sunny, breezy glorious day Saturday, June 2 as anglers hit the lake at 6 a.m. for the 2018 Budd Lake Fishing Derby. The 47 registered participants departed from the Power Docks at Saxton’s Landing and spent the next 8 hours plying their skills in pursuit of the wily muskie, bass and pan fish. And as they returned for weigh-in, those anglers brought with them a varied and respectable catch.
This year, no muskie was caught, so the progressive pot will carry over into the next competition and will total $1,166.
Advertised monetary prizes were based on 50 entrant, but with only 47 competitors the prizes were reduced by 6 percent. The big winner on the day was Danny Rhodes, whose 3.49-pound biggest bass netted him $282. Rhodes and his teammate, Brian Eavey, brought in the biggest bass string, with five fish weighing 10.53 pounds, which earned the $282 prize.
In the remaining cash prizes for largest string, 2nd Place went to Randy Wishowski [10.47 pounds/$141]; 3rd Place went to Corey Wilkerson [9.78 pounds/$94]; 4th Place went to Chad Wright [9.50 pounds/$47]; and 5th Place went to John Franco [9.14 pounds/$24].
There weren’t a lot of kids participating this year, but the two who did wet a line seemed to have a good time. And, why not? They both had returned to defend their pan fish titles won at last year’s Budd Lake Fishing Derby. Claiming 1st Place again this year was Jayden Holmes. He won $40 for his catch of five bluegills weighing in at 1.96 pounds. Winning the $20 second place prize was Josh Lockwood with one bluegill weighing .82 pounds.
This year’s derby did not offer a prize for the biggest “critter” [any fish not a bass or muskie] but just for fun one angler brought in a huge dogfish which weighed in at 8.5 pounds.
As a Harrison Chamber of Commerce-sponsored function, there was a prize drawing from among receipts of $20 or more from Chamber member businesses. That prize was a $100 rod and reel provided by the Budd Lake Area Association which was won by Kyle Pohl.
Other drawing winners on the day included: Todd Newman 50/50 $30; Jeff Heinig won flowers from Walraven’s Country Garden; Chad Wright won a free haircut from Faber’s Barber Shop;
Door prizes were also awarded; Gerald Stowell won a Veterans Freedom Ride T-shirt, and Dale Hollern won a pink fishing rod [which he said would be going to his wife].
The day was topped off by an Anglers Dinner fundraiser that evening at the Harrison Moose Lodge, with half of the dinner proceeds going toward renovation of the new Harrison Chamber of Commerce building.