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.