Fishermen brave the cold at Dunmore Derby
SALISBURY— For local fishermen, Valentine’s Day this weekend brought frigid temps, ice and for a lucky few, some big fish.
The Lake Dunmore Ice Fishing Derby, held on the frozen surface of Lake Dunmore, attracted 52 ice fishermen from around the region. Temperatures for the weekend were 6 to 17 degrees below zero, accompanied by a strong northerly wind that sent the wind chill index plummeting.
The fish didn’t seem to mind, however.
Lucas Livingston of Salisbury hooked a good-sized bass, taking first for his catch weighing 3.39 pounds, while Thatcher Trudeau of Salisbury took second, catching one at 3.25 pounds. Goshen resident Nathan Clark took third with a 3.12-pound catch.
For lake trout, Charles Desjadon of Brandon claimed first with an 8.07-pound beauty. Andy Piper of Salisbury reeled in a 6.03-pound trout for second place, followed by Rob Gearwar of Brandon, who hooked a 5.62-pound fish.
For pike, Jason Chambers took first at 8.81 pounds (the biggest fish of the tourney), followed by Russell Davis at 7.67 pounds and Cullen Hathaway of Middlebury in third at 6.63 pounds.
Rob Gearwar took first place in the salmon division with a 5.68 winner, followed by Andy Piper’s 4.5-pound catch. Russ Davis took third with a 4.5-pounder.
In the “other” division, Tim Davis took first with a smaller, 1.5-pound catch, followed by Wyatt Cameron with a 1.05 fish.
Cole Cetorneau won the kid’s division with a 4.22-pound northern pike.