About 1,400 angle for prizes, fish in Grand County’s premier ice fishing contest
Sky-Hi Daily News
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.
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:
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
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.
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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