Oktoberfish, a fall fishing derby on Lake Pend Oreille is sponsored by Ralph's Internet Cafe and The Captain's Wheel Restaurant and Lounge. This year was a good one. 109 contestants set out to capture the wily Rainbow Trout. Lake Pend Oreille, if Idaho Fish and Game weren't so picky, holds the state and national record at 43 plus pounds. Unfortunately the Gerard strain has been disqualified for that honor.
This year;s winners are as follows:
1st prize went to Cory LaRue at 14 pounds seven ounces. Cory has shown up before in the winner's circle.
2nd prize was won by Randy Vanerkolk with a 13.2 trout.
Edging out Nellie Bell who held 3rd until Roy Stokes showed up was edged with Roy's 11.4 Rainbow.
Pictures above, show the winners in reverse order, R-L Second picture shows Ralph Jones awarding the Traveling Golden Trout Trophy to Cory.
Photo by Taryn Hecker Thonpson.
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