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Koskiniemi is Rice Lake derby winner

June 19, 2009
The Daily Mining Gazette

TORCH LAKE TOWNSHIP - Jim Koskiniemi landed a 27 1/2-inch, eight-pound Walleye Sunday to win the grand prize, a 12-foot kayak, in the 36th annual Rice Lake Fishing Derby, sponsored by the Lake Linden-Hubbell Sportsmen's Association, Sunday.

The tournament attracted hundreds of anglers and fans to one of the most generous lakes in the Keweenaw, which gives up catches of walleyes, northern pike, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, perch and bullheads.

In the walleye division, Brian Chandonais had the next-biggest fish at 22 1/4 inches, followed by Glen Mannanin (22) and Ron Stevens (21 1/4).

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Jim Koskiniemi caught this 27 1/2-inch, eight-pound walleye in the Rice Lake Fishing Derby Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Jim Junttila)

Among juniors, the longest walleye was caught by Carson Bastion (21 1/4), and Curt Rogan was best in the children's division (18 1/4).

In the northern category, Ben Lahti was tops with a 28-incher, edging out Kevin Kezele (28) and Mary Manninen (27).

Alex Voelker (27 1/2) had the longest northern among juniors, while Nicholas Voelker topped the children's division (25 1/2).



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