O-W Lions Fishing Tournament drew record crowd

Nicole Rogers

O-W Lions Fishing Tournament drew record crowd

3 min.
March 12, 2022

OWEN - March 6 the O-W Lions Club Ice Fishing Contest came back big after missing a year due to COVID. 

“We had a great turnout! People were really wanting to buy raffle tickets, they were hunting us down for them.” said OW Lions President Sandy Deacon.

O-W Lion Mark Lew again made his door to door rounds gathering support for this major fund raiser. Lew reported the club had 615 sponsors for the tournament who either gave money or prizes for the multitude of raffles. He started collecting sponsorships and prizes in January but said he plans on staring earlier next year. He too was impressed with the attendance. “It seemed like we had more people than ever this year.” Lew commented.

Raffle Results

Ticket raffles, gun raffles, door prizes, food and refreshments filled the Owen Friends of the Old School gym and drew many to partake in the fun. Major prizes and prize winners include; 6 1/2’x10’ aluminum trailer from Trophy Trailers and Midway Auto & Trailer Sales - Allen Schmutzler, Colby; $500 - Joe Rabuck; $500 - Chad Haas, Stanley; $500 - Karley Drost, Rice Lake; set of tires - Lonnie Caleum, Neillsville; Savage Axis gun - Gary Oemig, Stanley; Savage 270 gun - Baxter’s Speed Shop, Dorchester; 12 gage gun - Bud Pronschinsk, Chippewa Falls; fish locator - Lawrence Walteraitis, Thorp; ice auger - Mapleworks Inn & Cafe, Granton; fishing shack - Ben Belsic - Medford; 2-night stay at cabin - Sherrie Symnaski, Stanley; water park - Judy Lord; Fairbridge Inn stay - Michael Weiland, Augusta; 1/4 beef - Bette Hansen, Neillsville; 30 lb hamburger - Nick Petranovich, Thorp; 30 lb. hamburger - Travis Nitz, Thorp; 1/2 rack of ribs - Scott Redderbursh - Rhinelander; weather mats - Karen Bauer, Holcombe; Paradise Shores one night stay - Richard Dassow, Medford; Paradise Shores one night stay - Louis LaMarr, Greenwood; one fish dinner per month for a year - Ian Kodl, Thorp and Eric Sime, Cornell; one 2 pc fish dinner/month for one year - David Kohn, Medford; one free pizza per month for a year - Kelly Masek, Augusta; one fish dinner/month for year - Ali Zuleger, Mondovi; $100 O-W Sports gift certificate - Jona Hatlestad, Withee, Michael Weyer, Loyal and Butch Rueth, Loyal; Munson Bridge $100 gift certificate and gift basket - Erin Junger, Colby and $100 Romig’s gift certificate - Terrie Revels, Medford.

Many people flocked to the frozen Owen Mill Pond for the main event - ice fishing. Cash prizes of $25 for 1st place, $15 for 2nd place and $10 for 3rd place for adults and kids. 

Dave Hatlestad and Brian Bredlau were busy selling tickets.

Adult winners 

The fish were weighed and results reflect lbs/oz. Crappie - 1. Luke Lahr, 8.8; 2. Aaron Schalow, 7.6; 3. Mark Keyes, 7.1. Blue Gill - 1. Carter Potaczek, 5.8; 2. Tristan Ketches, 4.8; 3. Kristopher Bergstrom. Perch - 1. Jarod Kateches, 4.5; 2. Ross Literski, 2.0; 3. Kristopher Bergstrom, 1.9. 

Lavern and Laurie Shilts selling tickets for the FOS.

Youth winners

Crappie - 1. Braxton Schalow, 7.5; 2. Braxton Schalow, 4.9; 3. Andrew Chesek, 3.6. Blue Gill - 1. Brody Tiffinay, 4.7; 2. Malikai Bergstrom, 4.6; 3. Eli Zellner, 4.2. Perch - 1. Otto Sommer, 3.4; 2. Skylar Literski, 2.0; 3. Malikai Bergstrom, 1.5. Northern - 1. Isaiah Purchaua, 1.9.

The tournament will be back again next year the first Sunday in March as long as health and weather conditions allow.

This article was orginally reported by
Nicole Rogers

Nicole Rogers, lives in Owen, WI, and is the co-editor for the Sentinel & Rural News.