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Trophy-size fish highlight derby catches

Tyler Moddie displays the winning crappie of 15 15/16 inches at a fishing derby sponsored Jan. 15 by the Homestead Aurora Conservation Club.

AURORA, Wis. — The Homestead Aurora Conservation Club had 185 adult entries in its annual Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby, which was open to all area waters Jan. 15.

Cash prizes were paid to adults in five categories. Kids, who fished for free, got prizes donated by Northwoods Auto, Kingsford Laundromat, C&R Bar and Rod’s Custom Sawing.

In the adult contest, the biggest fish in each category were:

— Crappie, 15 15/16 inches, Tyler Moddie.

— Northern pike, 40 3/4 inches, Corey Wing and Brian Dyer.

Family members were on hand at the C&R Bar in Aurora, Wis., to show their appreciation as prizes were awarded for the Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby. From left are Brayden Bartels, Marilyn Vassar, Peter Church, Jackie Church, Gerard Church, Fran Herman, Linda Church, Amanda Bartels and, in front, Weston Bartels.

— Walleye, 28 1/4 inches, Ryan Windell.

— Bluegill, 10 inches, Brad Gunville.

— Perch, 11 1/2 inches, Jerry Rose.

For the youngsters, the biggest fish included four walleyes: Matthew Walstrom, 24 inches; Ekco Walstrom, 23 inches; Axel Hendricks, 16 inches; and Dwight Hedmark, 15 inches.

Ekco Walstrom also caught a 9-inch crappie, edging Matthew Walstrom’s 8 3/4-inch crappie. Hedmark had a 6 1/2-inch bluegill.

orey Wing, left, and Brian Dyer took honors for the biggest northern pike — 40 3/4 inches — in the Pete “Toad” Church Ice Fishing Derby held on area waters.

The biggest walleye was 28 1/4 inches, caught by Ryan Windell.

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