The Patterson Lake Perch Pull contest last Saturday (Jan. 26) drew 26 ice-fishing anglers competing for a total of $1,100 in cash plus donated prizes, organizer Vern Herrst reported.
“The day started at 5:30 a.m. crisp and clear with in excess of 10 inches of ice underneath over a foot of snow on the lake, which made for safe conditions,” Herrst said. He said that a total of 26 fish were weighed in at the end of the day. Participants then assembled at the Twisp Valley Grange for an awards dinner.
Winners of the cash prizes in the adult division were: largest perch, $100, Derek VanSlyke of Brewster with a perch weighing 9.3 ounces; most perch, $75, Bryan Jones of Tonasket, with three; heaviest total catch, $50, Bryan Jones again with total weight of 1pound, 9.6 ounces; largest other game fish, $50, Elias Solorio of Brewster with a trout weighing 1 pound, 2.2 ounces.
Winners of the cash prizes in the youth division were: largest perch, $100, Cohen Stentz, 13, of East Wenatchee, with a perch weighing 7.1 ounces; most perch, $75, Stentz again with six; heaviest total perch, $50, Stentz once again with total weight of 2 pounds, 2.3 ounces; and largest other game fish, $50, Stentz in a sweep with a kokanee weighing 12.9 ounces. Brent LaRue, 13, of Winthrop landed a trout weighing in at 9.7 ounces..
Door prizes were provided by The Outdoorsman of Winthrop, Ace Hardware of Winthrop and Sportsman Warehouse of East Wenatchee. Other businesses that provided support were Pardners Mini Mart of Winthrop, Home Town Pizza of Twisp, The Do It Center of Twisp and Hank’s Harvest Foods of Twisp. Herrst said that additional Thanks go to Okanogan County Search and Rescue for being on standby at the lake.