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About 1,400 angle for prizes, fish in Grand County’s premier ice fishing contest

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News

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Despite a heavy snowstorm and it being the Super Bowl weekend, the 2008 Three Lakes Fishing Contest was another huge success.

Held Friday through Sunday, Feb. 1-3, primarily on Lake Granby, Shadow Mountain Lake and Grand Lake, the contest recorded a total of 1,349 adult entrants. In addition, 135 kids tried their luck in the contest’s Youth Division.

More than $50,000 in cash and prizes were up for grabs in the contest, which is in its 20th year. Sponsored this year by Sportsman’s Warehouse, it was again presented by the Greater Granby Area Chamber of Commerce and held under a special use permit with the Arapaho National Forest and the Sulphur Ranger District.

Raffle contest winners

Once again, everybody had their fingers crossed, hoping to win the Grand Prize in the Three Lakes Raffle Contest. This year’s winner of the 2008 Ford Ranger pickup valued at $22,545 is Toby Smith of Arvada.

The raffle contest’s second prize of a Polaris snowmobile valued at $6,050 was won by Russ Gall of Aurora. John Salm of Aspen took home the third-place prize of an ATV valued at $3,000.

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The winners of the other raffle prizes are: fourth place, Robert Dierkes of Oak Creek, fish finder valued at $440; fifth place, Michael Shindle of Granby, underwater camera valued at $400; sixth place, Derek Karsten of Arvada, ice hut valued at $330; seventh place, Terry Cordova of Morrison, power auger valued at $350; James Haptonstall of Winter Park, eighth place, DNA jacket valued at $45; ninth place, Neal Alberts of Woodland Park, DNA jacket valued at $45; and 10th place, Michael Rightmire of Highlands Ranch, ice rod combo valued at $30.

Big Fish Contest

Cash was also won during the three-day contest in its Big Fish competition. Fishermen and women who brought in the biggest fish in the mackinaw, brown trout, rainbow trout and Grand Slam categories won cash prizes.

First-place winners in the Big Fish Contest were awarded $1,000 while second place gets $500 and third place $250. Fourth through 10 place finishers will receive prizes ranging from $175 to $50.

The winners of the Big Fish Contest are:

Rainbow Trout

1st Place ” Peter McDonnell of Dillon 4.28 lbs. 19-1/4 inches

2nd Place “Pete Mancuso Fraser 3.66 lbs. 19 inches

3rd Place ” Kenneth Walter Rifle 3.18 lbs. 18-1/2 inches

4th Place ” Tom Brueggman Silt 3 lbs. 17-3/4 inches

5th Place ” Ron Wilsbach Granby 2.88 lbs. 21-1/2 inches

6th Place ” Clarence Archuleta Jr. Granby 2.58 lbs. 17 inches

7th Place ” Perry Apfelbeck Dillon 2.46 lbs. 16-5/8 inches

8th Place ” Danny Bernd Thornton 2.40 lbs. 18-1/8 inches

9th Place ” Daniel Veraldo Lakewood 2.32lbs. 18-3/4 inches

10th Place ” Clarence Archuleta Granby 2.22 lbs. 17-1/8 inches

Brown Trout

1st Place ” Greg Jozwik Arvada 4.42 lbs. 22 inches

2nd Place ” Blaine Tucker Loveland 3.42 lbs. 21-1/2 inches

3rd Place” Mike Ramey Thornton 3.40 lbs 20-1/8 inches

4th Place ” Randy Zamora Arvada 3.12 lbs. 18-1/2 inches

5th Place ” Tim Daniel Granby 2.70 lbs. 17-7/8 inches

6th Place ” Bryan Johnson Salida 2.52 lbs. 19-3/8 inches

7th Place ” Steve Brenner Granby 2.38 lbs. 18-1/2 inches

8th Place ” Philip Scheick Broomfield 2.06 lbs. 18-7/8 inches

9th Place ” Adam Bensaid Westminster 1.72 lbs. 17 inches

10th Place ” Jeff Coucke Granby 1.22 lbs. 15-5/8 inches

Mackinaw (lake trout)

1st Place ” Lee Ledford Loveland 2.92 lbs. 19-7/8 inches

2nd Place ” Christopher Scharrer Broomfield 2.82 lbs. 19-3/4 inches

3rd Place ” Kelsey Meister Littleton 2.76 lbs. 19-3/4 inches

4th Place ” Cristobal Madera Steamboat Springs 2.70 lbs. 19-7/8 inches

5th Place ” Terry Rihel Lakewood 2.70 lbs. 19-7/8 inches

6th Place ” Samuel Winowiecki Denver 2.68 lbs. 19-7/8 inches

7th Place ” Glen Babcock Hudson 2.66 lbs. 19-7/8 inches

8th Place ” Travis Sondrol Craig 2.64 lbs. 19-3/4 inches

9th Place ” Hannah Morrel Littleton 2.60 lbs. 19-7/8 inches

10th Place ” Marc Pereira Aurora 2.60 lbs. 19-7/8 inches

Grand Slam (total weight for one of each species of Mackinaw, brown, rainbow and kokanee)

1st Place ” Ford Williams Silverthorne 6.60 lbs.

2nd Place ” Michael Perry Howard 6.34 lbs.

3rd Place ” Cory Apfelbeck Harshaw, Wisc. 6.32 lbs.

4th Place ” Paul Saue Aurora 6.22 lbs.

5th Place ” Ralph Macchione Granby 6.02 lbs.

6th Place ” Kristina Candelarie Brighton 5.58 lbs.

7th Place ” Nathan Macchione Granby 5.48 lbs.

8th Place “Robert Marquez Brighton 4.94 lbs.

9th Place ” Jason Candelarie Brighton 4.88 lbs.

10th Place ” Seth Reed Grand Lake 4.48 lbs.

Youth Divisions

The kids also competed during last weekend’s contest in its Youth Division. A number of gift certificate prizes were offered to the following who caught the biggest fish:

Age 5 and Under

1st Place ” Cirenda Cordova Kremmling 2.40 lbs. Mac

2nd Place ” Kodi Raper Eagle 2.34 lbs. Mac

3rd Place ” Emery Dillon Golden 2.20 lbs. Mac

4th Place ” Caleb Stigers Granby 2.12 lbs. Mac

Age 6-9 Years

1st Place ” Eli Lancaster Arvada 2.50 lbs. Mac

2nd Place ” Preston Cordova Fort Lupton 2.42 lbs. Mac

3rd Place ” Bruce Cordova Kremmling 2.38 lbs. Mac

4th Place ” Austin Raper Eagle 2.22 lbs. Mac

5th Place ” Madeline Woolley of Grand Lake, 2.20 lbs. Mac

Age 10-14 Years

1st Place ” Brian Macchione Granby 2.94 lbs. Rainbow

2nd Place ” Dalton Soukup Grand Junction 2.28 lbs. Mac

3rd Place ” Audria Monroe Hot Sulphur Springs 2.22 lbs. Mac

4th Place ” Christian Scharrer Broomfield 2.16 lbs. Mac

5th Place ” Jesse Woolley Grand Lake 2.14 lbs. Mac

Age 15-17 Years

1st Place ” Luke Rihel of Lakewood 2.26 lbs. Mac

2nd Place ” Adam Benson Grand Lake 2.24 lbs. Mac

3rd Place ” Jorden Nachtsheim Bailey 1.92 lbs. Mac

4th Place ” Harley Cross Bailey 1.88 lbs. Mac

5th Place ” Scott Skinner Carbondale 1.46 lbs. Mac.

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