Caleb Cornell of Sturgeon Bay has won the 35th annual Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament. The top five finishers in the tournament all weighed fish over 30 pounds, and all were within a half pound of the winner. Cornell caught his trophy chinook of 30.51 pounds while fishing with Jonson Krauss near Washington Island on the final Saturday of the tournament. Cornell said it was their only fish after a long day fishing….
Cornell gets $10,000 cash plus other prizes while Mike Bathke, formerly of Algoma, wins $5,000 with a 30.35 pound chinook and Carter Bieri of Sturgeon Bay is third and wins $3,000 with a 30.30 pound salmon. Tournament organizer Kevin Naze says it’s unusual for the top spots to be held by local fishermen….
Darren Collin of Kaukauna won $2,000 with a 30.27 salmon and Mike Propsom of Plymouth, MN won $1,000 after catching a 30.05 chinook. Naze says that they paid down 122 places, meaning if you registered a fish 21.44 pounds or bigger you won a minimum of $50. Naze says that they sold a total of 2,876 tickets and put a recap on the tournament….
The entire 2017 payout list can be found here. Next year’s tournament is scheduled for July 21-29, 2018. (Photo’s courtesy of Kevin Naze & K/D Salmon Tournament)