Calling all anglers! The 25th annual Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament will get under way April 19-21. For many folks, participating in this traditional early season brown trout tournament is the start of the new fishing season.
Participants can fish for their winning entry in Door and Kewaunee waters on either side of the Door Peninsula. Fishing can be done by trolling from a boat, casting off docks or outcroppings, or wading up inland streams. This is also a great family-friendly event. There will be a special kids contest this year for tourney participants younger than 18. In fact, kids younger than 16 don't even need a fishing license.
In order to participate in the tournament, a $25 entry ticket must be purchased. The tickets are available at many local businesses including the AC Tap, Baileys Harbor Cornerstone Pub, 57 Depot and the Town Marina. The tournament tickets will be on sale until 5 p.m. Friday. A $14 two-day fishing license with a Great Lakes Salmon and Trout stamp is available anywhere fishing licenses are sold.
The Baileys Harbor fire station will act as the official weigh-in station. After spending the day on the water, it's a great place to warm up and get a bite to eat. The Baileys Harbor Athletic Club will be selling brats, hot dogs and chicken booyah. They will also be selling soft drinks and beer.
The official leader board is set up at the weigh-in station, so you will be able to keep an eye on the competition. The station will also feature a weather station featuring bayside and lakeside forecasts as well as current conditions, which will be provided by Baileys Harbor weather expert and major fish killer Bruce Smith.
The Grand Prize package is valued at more than $1,500. Cash awards will be made to the top 40 fish entered in the tourney. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.facebook.com/BaileysHarborBrownTrout. Good Luck!
The Ridges will hold the annual Frog Walk at 7:30 p.m. April 19-20. The evening walks will be led by a Ridges naturalist, who will lead you down the center's trails while teaching about the watery lifestyle of frogs.
Each of the noisy Frog Walks is limited to 20 people, and registration is required. Call The Ridges Sanctuary at (920) 839-2802 to make reservations or to get additional information. The cost of the program is $10 per family for Ridges members or $15 for the general public.
The Frog Walks are part of the No Family Left Inside program. Participants in the walks should meet at The Ridges trail head at the corner of Wisconsin 57 and Ridges Road (across from the Blacksmith Inn).
Don't forget that the annual meeting for the town of Baileys Harbor will be held at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium of the Town Hall. All residents are invited to attend.
See you next time on this side of the Door.