OSWEGO — An angler from Honeoye took over the grand-prize lead Saturday in the Lake Ontario Counties Summer Derby.
Zach Blain caught a salmon weighing 29-pounds, 10 ounces and weighed it in Waterport. Going into Sunday, the final day of fishing in the derby, Blain was in line to win the $10,000 grand prize for the largest salmon.
The derby began June 29 and continued through Sunday’s awards ceremony at Captain Jack’s in Sodus Point.
There are four divisions in the summer derby. They are the Salmon Division, the Lake Trout Division, the Rainbow/Steelhead Division, and the Brown Trout Division. Each division winner gets $1,000. Remaining prizes are $400 for second, $300 for third, $200 for fourth, $100 for fifth, $75 for places 6-10, and $50 for places 11-20.
Lockport’s Douglas Park is in first place in the Salmon Division with a 29-pound, 9-ounce fish. Oswego’s Andrew Crisafulli sat in 19th place with a 27-pound catch weighed at K&G Lodge in Oswego.
In the Brown Trout Division, Marion’s Randy Snyder leads the way with a 22-pound, 14-ounce catch.
North Tonawanda’s Edward Klejdys leads the Lake Trout Division with a 24-pound, 5-ounce fish that he weighed in Lewiston.
Several Oswego County anglers are among the top 20 in the Lake Trout Division. Mexico’s Jacqueline McManus is third (23-pound, 8-ounce fish), Pulaski’s Richard Nau is seventh (19-6), Oswego’s Clint Bartel is ninth (18-14), Mexico’s Jan Chybinski is 14th (17-14), Pulaski’s Mike Kinsey is 15th (17-12), and Mexico’s James English is 18th (17-5).
Steven Biernacki of Medina is in first place in the Rainbow/Steelhead Division with a 14-pound, 8-ounce catch weighed in Kent. Pulaski’s Denise Schneider is seventh with a fish weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces.
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