Swanda wins sturgeon fishing contest on Yellow Lake
A number of local fishermen took part in the fifth annual sturgeon fishing contest on Yellow Lake in Burnett County on Saturday
Several of the tournament winners were from our area.
New Richmond varsity hockey coach Adam Swanda showed he knows a thing or two about fishing. He caught his first sturgeon and it was a whopper. His catch measured in at 52.5 inches and was the tournament winner. He gets his name on the tournament trophy, the prestigious “Sturgeon Stanley Cup.”
Among the other top finishers were Mike Tarman and Trevor Gartner of New Richmond, who caught a 52-incher. Tyler Hansen finished fourth in the tournament.
Tournament organizer Rick Melby said the tournament began when he caught a large sturgeon six years ago on Yellow Lake and his friends heard about how much fun it was to battle the large fish.
This year, 33 people fished in the tournament, hauling in 40 fish.
Melby said because of DNR regulations, they are limited to 19 boats in the tournament.