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Salmon Classic nets more than $8,000 for schools

Joe Harrison shows off the 16.8-pound lake trout he caught during the Salmon Classic on July 21-22 in Silver Bay. Harrison's catch was good enough for third place in the lake trout division. (Photo courtesy of Silver Bay PTSO)1 / 2
Richard DeRosier (left) and Dustin Goutermont won the cornhole tournament held after boats returned from fishing the first day of the Salmon Classic fishing tournament. They each received a set of cornhole boards for their performance. (Photo courtesy of Silver Bay PTSO)2 / 2

More than 300 anglers took to Lake Superior on July 21-22 in the 18th annual Salmon Classic fishing tournament in Silver Bay.

The tournament, the largest of its kind on the North Shore, handed out prizes for the biggest fish in three categories: king salmon, coho salmon and lake trout.

Max Imia took the top prize in the king salmon with a 9.28-pound catch; Gary Erickson won the coho division with a fish weighing 2.74 pounds; and Chris Johnson won the lake trout category with a 19.19-pound fish.

New this year was a cornhole tournament held after boats returned on the first day of fishing. Dustin Goutermont and Richard DeRosier won the tournament crown. Both men received a set of cornhole boards handmade by the William Kelley High School shop class.

The Salmon Classic, the main fundraiser of the year for the Silver Bay Parent Teacher Student Organization, raised more than $8,000.

The group typically uses the money to help provide supplies and reading materials for classrooms as well as assist in reducing the cost of community education classes at Kelley. The group has also made larger purchases to benefit the school, including a water fountain, musical instruments and equipment for the art department.

Salmon Classic results

King salmon

Name Weight (lbs.)

Max Imia 9.28

Steve Kaari 7.63

Jody Reineccius 6.33

Alicia Olson 5.04

Caitlyn Obregon 4.32

Coho salmon

Name Weight (lbs.)

Gary Erickson 2.74

Alex Lemke 2.65

Max Imia 2.46

Seth Holland 2.44

Kim Lenske 2.44

Lake trout

Name Weight (lbs.)

Chris Johnson 19.19

Sue Vinje 18.58

Joe Harrison 16.80

Jim Baker 15.93

Bob Harris 15.91

Jamey Malcomb

Jamey Malcomb has been a reporter for the Pine Journal since October 2018. He previously worked as a reporter for the Lake County News-Chronicle from 2015-2018. Malcomb is a native of North Carolina and holds a bachelor's degree in English and history from the George Washington University and a master's degree in education from George Mason University in Fairfax, Va. Malcomb moved to Minnesota in July 2012 and worked as a sports clerk and news assistant at the Duluth News Tribune. 

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