Valley Fishermen Top Guns At Willow Springs


Shawn Haler of Chandler was among those who participated in the Willow Springs Summer Trout Tournament. Haler took third place for largest rainbow caught.

Shawn Haler of Chandler was among those who participated in the Willow Springs Summer Trout Tournament. Haler took third place for largest rainbow caught.

Advertisement

While Valley-area anglers dominated the Willow Springs Summer Trout Tournament — which they annually do — a few Payson residents managed top-three finishes.

Ed Heinecke fished his way to second place among the trout “Big Fish” competitors and was third in most weight on a stringer.

His big fish tipped the scales at 14.80 ounces and his total trout weigh-in was 47.30 ounces.

Daniel Bryant, also from Payson, was third in the bass “Big Fish” division with a 6.5-ounce fish and third in most weight for bass with 11 ounces.

In the Youth Division, Payson’s Scott Purtee was third for “Big Fish” and heaviest stringer.

His big fish weighed 8 ounces and the stringer tipped the scales at 24 ounces.

A total of 11 bass were caught, which tournament director Tracy Purtee said was unusual because, “we normally get one or two.”

He also described the bass as “beautiful — green and very healthy.”

The largest bass caught was a 41.1-ounce largemouth by Queen Creek resident Russell Kaider.

Kaider also won for most weight with 95.2 ounces. Taylor angler Cham Gorman was first in the trout division for “Big Fish” with a 15.30-ounce catch and also first in most weight with 59.20 ounces.

Also in the trout competition, Shawn Haler of Chandler had the third largest fish — a 14-ounce rainbow — and Glendale’s Tim Koscuisko was second in most weight with 57.60 ounces

Fishing a lake that was full and very clear, 30 tournament entrants caught a total of 62 trout that weighed 44 pounds.

Kevin Bonner of Phoenix was a raffle winner of a trolling motor.

Comments

Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Requires free registration

Posting comments requires a free account and verification.