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Swanda wins sturgeon fishing contest on Yellow Lake

Adam Swanda shows off the 52.5 inch sturgeon that won the fishing contest at 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.

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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