Jane Shermer was on her first visit to our resort this year so she and her husband hired one of our guides. Mr. Shermer's instructions to Larry were that they were looking for a nice relaxing time but he would really like his wife to catch a big fish. So Larry found her a 40" Northern, which they released to win the trophy for the largest Northern Pike released in 2003.
Every year we give 50 Catch & Release, plus trophies to our guests. The purpose of these awards to encourage and reward the efforts put into ensuring the continued fishing quality of Lake Wabatongushi. Each Catch and Release award grants a discount of 10% to the recipient on their next vacation at our resort. Besides the trophies for the largest Walleye released and largest Northern Pike released, each of the 5 largest Northern Pike and 5 Largest Walleyes released in 2003 earns a Catch and Release Discount. We also draw 2 names randomly from each week in our catch and release logbook and the remainder are randomly drawn from all of the names in our Catch and Release Log Book. We would like to thank all of our guests for releasing the 100's of larger Northern Pike and Walleye registered in our Catch and Release log book and the other 100's of Walleye and Northern Pike released which were not registered. Each Walleye released over 15" and each Northern Pike released over 24" is eligible. Last year was great fishing again and we had many hundreds of Catch and Release entries. We appreciate all our guests' dedication to fishing quality and we are glad enjoyed themselves so much.
Large fish are almost exclusively females, which means they can produce a lot more fish. With Walleye especially, it is now generally accepted that the larger the female is, the more successful spawner she is. They do not necessarily produce as many eggs per pound but their eggs are larger and healthier with a much higher viability and hatch success. They also tend to be genetically larger which increases the growth rate of the population.
Below are our 2003 random recipients of 10% Catch and Release discounts on their next vacations.
For this draw we separate all entries into their respective weeks, draw 2 entries from each week, the remaining entries are combined and we draw the balance of the winners from the remaining entries. We thank everyone who contributed to the ongoing fishing quality of Lake Wabatongushi.
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