McKenzie wins Chinook Classic


By Josh Howald

Murray McKenzie of Holstein is the 2014 winner of Lake Huron's largest fishing derby.

McKenzie hung on to win the Chantry Chinook Classic Fishing Derby with a 21.1-pound chinook he reeled in last Sunday, Aug. 3. McKenzie weighed in the biggest salmon of the two-week derby at the Wiarton weigh station. He was in Tiverton on Sunday to collect his prize - a cool $14,000.

The biggest fish of the derby, however, wasn't a salmon. It was a 25.21-pound lake trout caught by Colleen Elliott of Lambton Shores. She gets a $6,000 prize for having the derby's top trout, which was 39 inches long. She brought that monster into the Kincardine weigh station last Monday afternoon.

A plethora of prizes were doled out at Sunday's closing ceremonies, held at the Tiverton Community Centre. Rounding out the top-three finishers in the salmon category were Gord Baldwin of Guelph and Joe Craven from Georgian Bluffs. They caught salmon weighing in at just under 20-pounds. Baldwin's catch weighed in at 19.56-pounds, while Craven's was 19.48-pounds. Local anglers that ended up on the leader board included Kyle Watson of Kincardine and Matt McKenzie of Tiverton. Watson was 15th overall for a 15.96-pound chinook, while McKenzie reeled in 14.6-lb chinook to finish 22nd.

In the trout category, Tiverton's Paul Bester was second overall. He weighed in a 19.96-lb lake trout on Sunday in Kincardine. Ernest Ackert of Kincardine was fourth for his 17.48-lb laker. The top five trout were all weighed in at the Kincardine weigh station.