Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bill wins Angler of the Year. Dan doesn't

Okay, Dan Barker, who won the 2017 contest, was a close second, with a thumping 27.5-inch walleye. That makes him runner-up in the Loveland Fishing Club's 2018 Angler of the Year.

Bill Prater's 24-inch cutbow, yanked from the frigid ice-out water of South Delaney Buttes, was 109 percent of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Master Angler criteria for the species. Dan's was 3 1/2 inches longer, but that only added up to 107 percent of qualifying criteria. (In fairness, he did win in 2017 with a big largemouth. (In kind of a rut, though; that fish also came from Boyd).

Wayne Baranczyk finished in third place with the most unusual entry of 2018 a 12 1/2-inch grayling from Lake Joe Wright, taken during the club's annual trek to Ranger Lakes.

So the 2019 competition is underway!  Get your entries to Jim Roode; he's been tracking fish since the tourney began in 2014.
Bill's winning cutbow




Dan and walleye








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