Lunker Largemouth caught by Nate Brister

natebristerbassNate Brister caught this 4lb. 10oz. 19 1/2 inch largemouth on a local lake here in Kalkaska County.  Bass this size are either staging for the spawn or sitting on their beds, making it an excellent oppurtunity to catch a trophy. Come in to Jack’s to get your jigs, grubs and tubes, in all the hottest colors, to make fishing the spawn some of the best fishing you’ve ever experienced!

2013 National Trout Festival Kid’s Trout Pond

Each year, the kids of Kalkaska County come out to the trout pond in hopes of catching the elusive five pound Rainbow named “Fat Jack.” Along with the trophy rainbow, 50 2lb. tagged fish sponsored by our local business’ and citizens and hundreds of 1lb. trout are planted in the pond to help grow the next generation of outdoorsman. For each tagged rainbow in the pond, Jack’s provides trophies and prizes for the kids that bring their catch in.  Here are this year’s trout anglers showing off their fish, prizes, and smiles.100_1373 100_1374 100_1372 100_1371 100_1367 100_1370 100_1369 100_1362 100_1361 100_1357 100_1356 100_1355 100_1354 100_1353 100_1352 100_1351 100_1350 100_1349 100_1348 100_1347 100_1346 100_1345 100_1343 100_1342 100_1341

Easton Stumm was the first to bring his tagged fish in to claim a trophy and a new fishing rod!
Easton Stumm was the first to bring his tagged fish in to claim a trophy and a new fishing rod!

The 2013 National Trout Festival Adult Fishing Contest

Each year, Jack’s Sport Shop hosts a fishing contest on the opening weekend of trout season.  This year several trophy fish were caught in the Kalkaska County area, and prizes were awarded to the top three trout in each category. The 77th Annual Trout festival Trout Contest Winners are as Follows:

Brook Trout

1st Place: Matt Kowalski – 1lb. 6oz 15″

2nd Place: Patrick Hiller – 1lb. 4oz 14 3/4″

3rd Place: Jeff Hiller – 1lb. 0oz 14″

Patrick Hiller proudly holding his second place brook trout
Patrick Hiller proudly holding his second place brook trout

Brown/Rainbow Trout

1st Place: Dave Asch – 3lb. 2oz 20″ (Rainbow)

2nd Place: Kent Miller – 2lb. 0oz 18 1/4″ (Brown)

Steelhead/ Great Lakes Brown

1st Place: Ken Osen 11lb. 0oz 27 1/2″ (Steelhead)

2nd Place: Nate Suchland 10lb. 6oz 30″ (Steelhead)

3rd Place: Arve Sheppard II – 10lb. 0oz 28 1/2″ (Steelhead)

Taking 4th Place in the Steelhead category is Dick Kimball with nice 7lb. 15oz 29" hen.
Taking 4th Place in the Steelhead category is Dick Kimball with nice 7lb. 15oz 29″ hen.

If you think you can beat these fish come out next year with your trophy trout on the 78th Annual National Trout Festival Trout opener to enter the contest! Jack’s Sport Shop also has a annual year long Fishing Contest, fish can be entered in this contest at any time.