Kremmling: 37-inch rainbow takes top honors at Wolford Mountain Ice Fishing Contest |

Kremmling: 37-inch rainbow takes top honors at Wolford Mountain Ice Fishing Contest

Will Bublitz
Sky-Hi Daily News
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No one caught the tagged fish and won the $11,000 grand prize during the 11th Annual Wolford Mountain Ice Fishing Contest, but several anglers won thousands of dollars in other cash and prizes during the one-day competition last Saturday, Feb. 16.

More than 600 ice fishermen and women of all ages tried their luck during this year’s contest held once again on the frozen surface of the Wolford Mountain Reservoir, located six miles north of Kremmling on U.S. Highway 40.

Topping the list of prizes during the 2008 Wolford Mountain Reservoir Ice Fishing Contest was $11,000 for the contestant who lands a specially tagged fish. But by the end of the contest Saturday, no one had snagged the fish.

However, 10 lucky fishermen did walk away with part of the $5,000 cash purse in the contest’s Big Fish competition. Determined by the combined length and girth of the fish they caught, this year’s winners as well as their portion of the cash purse are:

1. Rich Robbins of Denver, 37 inches, Rainbow ” $1,300;

2. Wes Bishop of Kremmling, 33-1/4 inches, Rainbow ” $875;

3. Mike Bywater of Denver, 33-1/8″ inches, Cut Bow ” $750;

4. Mike Waida of Strasburg, 32-1/2 inches, Cut Bow ” $625;

5. Melvin Mann, 31-1/2 inches, Rainbow ” $500;

6 Sharon Brugemann of Silt, 30-3/8″ inches, Rainbow ” $350;

7. Allen Schultz of Loveland, 28-3⁄4 inches, Splake ” $250;

8. Stephen Moreiko of Aurora, 28-1/2 inches, Rainbow ” $175;

9. Justin White of Granby, 28-1/4 inches, Rainbow ” $100;

10. Tom Brugemann of Silt, 28-1/4 inches, Cut Bow ” $75.

In addition to the main competition, kids ages 15 and under also competed in the ice fishing contest’s Youth Division. They were competing for tackle boxes donated by Dan and Deb Murphy of the Fishin’ Hole in Kremmling.

The top-10 winners of the Youth Division on Saturday are:

1. Jake Fitzgerald of Roggen, 25-3/4 inches, Rainbow;

2. Colin Jennings of Granby, 25 inches, Rainbow;

3. Drake Doherty of Maybell, 24 inches, Rainbow;

4. Calvin Sanchez of Kremmling, 23-7/8 inches, Rainbow;

5. Nick McDonnell of Dillon, 23-1/4 inches, Rainbow;

6. Bryce Weimer of Hot Sulphur Springs, 23 inches, Cut Bow;

7. Nathan Schirer of Silt, 22-1/2 inches, Rainbow;

8 Garrett Miller of Kremmling, 22-1/4 inches, Rainbow;

9. Ethan Cunningham of Kremmling, 22-1/4 inches, Rainbow;

10. Collin Popuga of Evergreen, 22 inches, Rainbow;

For more information about the event, call the Kremmling Area Chamber of Commerce at (970) 724-3472 or view the Web site at

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