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Outdoors Briefs

January 30, 2010
The Daily News

Largest Walleye

TJ Gaasbeck, 11, of Crystal Falls, landed this 30.5-inch, 10-pound walleye in Iron County on Jan. 22, the largest walleye he's ever caught. He plans to have the fish mounted.

Trappers workshop Feb. 6

HERMANSVILLE - The fifth annual Midwinter Trappers Workshop is being held at the Hermansville Community Center on Saturday, Feb. 6.

The event is free and open to the public. It includes events designed especially for children.

Doors open at 8 a.m. (Central time). At 10 a.m., Rich Clark from North American Fur Auctions (and Willowtree Fur) will be preparing fox, raccoon, mink, muskrat, and fisher for market.

He will also answer questions on properly handling all other furbearers.

At 1 p.m. a free weasel box and related trapping supplies will be given to every youngster attending.

At 2 p.m. there will be a presentation by Jared Duquette on the predator/prey study being done in Delta and Menominee counties by Mississippi State University and the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

Afterwards, names will be drawn for door prizes. Lunch and refreshments will be available for purchase throughout the day.

Also, Rich Clark (920) 897-3618 will be buying fur and he and Scott Burton (906) 450-4554 will be selling trapping supplies.

Doors will close around 4 p.m.. For directions or more information, call Bob Steinmetz at (906) 786-6265 or visit

Pine Flowage derby

The Homestead-Aurora Conservation Club hosted the Pete (Toad) Church Memorial Fishing Derby on the Pine River Flowage in Commonwealth, Wis., on Jan. 23. John Weber of Aurora, Wis., caught the biggest fish and biggest northern - a 43-incher. Austin Harvath, 11, of Niagara, Wis., won the children's division with a 36-inch northern. Stan (Swede) Helberg, of Iron Mountain caught the biggest walleye - a 24-incher. Participants enjoyed "award-winning" chili served by Pete's brother Joe Church of Aurora.



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