|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
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,