Russ's First Annual
Ice Fishing Tournament

Bergland - January 4, 2009

Temperatures hovering around zero and wind-chills of twenty below zero made a very challenging weekend for the eighty-three anglers who competed in the very first "Russ's Annual Ice Fishing Tournament." According to Russ Hewitt and his wife Nancy, the turn out was ok considering the cold weather. Russ and Nancy are the owners of Russ's Bait and Tackle Shop in Bergland. Located at 203 Elm street just across the street from the Gogebic Ontonagon Intermediate School District Office.

The warm fall slowed the icing over of the lake. However, the ice was in good shape for the event, and that was lucky indeed. Many fishing huts that sat on shore just a couple of weeks ago are now spread out on the lake.

While cold weather may have deterred some fisherman, there were still eighty three bold, avid fisherman who did enter the event sponsored by the Russ'.

One happy angler, Randy Anderson a Wakefield resident, is probably glad some fisherman decided to avoid the cold weather. Randy took both first and third prizes in the Walleye division. The first prize was $1,000 and the third place prize was $250. Randy's first place catch was 30" and weighed in at 9 pd.- 3.8 oz. How about that (?)!

The $500 prize for second place was won by Frank Leone.

The tournament had several cash prizes. In addition to the Walleye prize money, there was a $250 prize won by Chris Vandiver for the largest Perch and a $250 prize won by Glen Miller
for the largest Northern. No, not "the Glen Miller".

We hope Russ and Nancy have started a Fishing Tournament that will endure for many years to come. After all, what's more cool than ice fishing?

For further information contact: Russ's Bait & Tackle, 906-365-5505 or