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Connecticut Ice Fishing Derby Raises $4,660 for Veterans

Register Citizen

The third annual Connecticut ice fishing derby in Winsted raised $4,660 for local veteran organizations. 

Last Sunday 233 participants braved chilling cold temperatures in search of trout, bass, and pickerel at the third annual Connecticut ice fishing derby at Highland Lake in Winsted.

Organized by Northwest Sporting Goods & Supply, the Connecticut ice fishing derby helped raised $4,660 for local veterans organizations. The derby ran from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and cost $20 to participate.

Bill Berlinski, owner of Northwest Sporting Goods & Supply, told reporters, “This is the third year, and we have some of the heaviest fish of any species in this tournament. People come from all over the state to this event. We’ve got people from Bridgeport and New Haven as well as Bristol and Terryville.”

The anglers at the Connecticut ice fishing derby helped raise money that was sent to two local veteran organizations: Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion Post 43 Tuttle-Burns of Winsted.

Berlinski spoke of the donations;

It is our way of giving back. Our motivation is to help the veterans for all that they’ve done for us.

At 2 p.m. the top five winners were declared based on weight: first place winner and recipient of $1,000 was Brendon Jasensky with a brown trout at 12.59 pounds and 30 inches long; second place and $500 went to Kyle Morrell for his brown trout at 8.63 pounds and 27 inches long; third place and $250 went to Alan Brown with a largemouth bass at 4.25 pounds and 19.1 inches long; fourth-place and $150 went to Dan Aparo with a pickerel at 3.51 pounds and 23 inches long; and fifth place along with $100 went to Mike Pierce with a pickerel weighing 3.37 pounds and 23.5 inches long.

Highland Lake is a reservoir trophy lake that contains bass, trout, crappie, and perch with a maximum depth of 150 feet and a surface area of 489 acres.


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Connecticut Ice Fishing Derby Raises $4,660 for Veterans