Mic Olson helps Pam Stolberg measure the winner of the largest walleye award Jan. 12 during the county-wide ice fishing derby. Jamey McCole of Crystal Falls brought in this 23 ½-inch walleye just before the 8 p.m. deadline.
AMASA—Ice fisherman from throughout Iron County brought entries to Trappers Lane Jan. 12 as part of Amasa’s fundraiser for its 125th birthday celebration.
The chili feed featured silent auctions and raffles, and organizers held the ice fishing contest as part of the fundraising event.
“We had a good turn out,” Pam Stolberg, a fundraiser committee member, said. “The raffles did well and we had 50 entries in the fishing contest.”
Taking top honors in the largest northern pike category was Bill Heimerl with a 33-inch entry. Winning accolades for the smallest legal pike was Joseph Spitza, bringing in an 18 ½-inch pike. Both winners in the pike category are from Amasa.
The largest walleye measured was a 23 ½-incher caught by Jamey McCole, while the winner in the smallest legal walleye category was a 15 inch fish reeled in by Tyler Fittante. Both are from Crystal Falls.
Celebration organizers hope to spruce up the train depot this summer and plan fundraisers in preparation for the 125th birthday, scheduled for July 1 to 4 in 2016.
The deadline for the 125th birthday slogan contest is April 26. Slogan suggestions can be submitted to P.O. Box 55, Amasa, MI 49903.
The winner will be rewarded with two tickets to ride the passenger train during the celebration and the design will adorn a variety of merchandise.
Contributing prizes for the raffles were; Tall Pines Grocery, Ace Hardware, Rusty Sawblade, Sharp Shooters 4-H, Wells Fargo Bank, Spam, Horseshoe Bar and hair products from Teresa Mainville.