Todd and Edie Wilkinson caught the only limit to win the Starboard Choice Big Bass Challenge on the St. Joseph River at Constantine Sunday.
The winners had 7 pounds, 15 ounces caught on a toad, Texas-rigged craw and a jig in 8 feet of water.
Top finishers in the Arjay’s Weeknight Circuit event at Coldwater Lake last week made it a family affair.
The tournament drew 22 boats and four of the top five teams consisted of family members.
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By Louie Stout
Cooler water temperatures and rainfall has drawn Skamania steelhead into some Michiana streams and rivers.
Indiana Lake Michigan Biologist Ben Dickinson said his crews have been gathering several steelhead at the Trail Creek Weir in Michigan City and hope to be done soon.
The adult fish being collected will be stripped of eggs and milt to produce future steelhead stockings.
“We’re getting about 50 to 100 a day, so it’s been steady,” Dickinson said. “We’re hoping to finish up this week.”
The Indiana Bass Federation is hosting a team bass tournament July 31st on Lakes Wawasee and Syracuse to benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation.
Over the years the Federation has been able to raise almost $54,000 for the Riley Foundation. The event will launch from the Syracuse ramp. Parking will be at the nearby PolarKraft facility.
Thanks to the generosity and support of the Fraternal Order of Eagles of South Bend, True Value Hardware of Plymouth and the Bremen Conservation Club the tournament will have a $1,000 Big Bass Guarantee.
Other awards include the Trailmaster Trailers Long Haul Award which will provide the boat owner that traveled the furthest from home to fish the tournament a $100 bonus, Gordon Food Service Fish or Feast Award which will provide the highest placed male/female team a $100 GFS gift card, and there will be a $50 bonus to both the youngest as well as the most “experienced” angler. In addition, one team will win the Bremen Conservation Club $100 Lucky Dawg Award.
Entry fee is $100, which includes $10 big bass, if paid by July 22. Entry and big bass is $110 the day of the tournament. Hours are 7 am to 3 pm. For entry form or more info contact Mike Goins at 574-298-0208 or email@example.com.
Proceeds will benefit the Riley Children’s Foundation, Riley Children’s Hospital, which strives to provide a family-friendly environment with world-class healthcare for children, and Camp Riley, an annual summer camp program that lets children with physical disabilities experience life without limits and adventures that help them build confidence and friendships.