Finnegan Lake Walleye Club hosts fishing derby Saturday

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The Finnegan Lake Walleye Club plans to hold its annual fishing derby Saturday in the heated Oconto County Fair main pavilion at Zippel Park in Gillett. The club will again be registering fish from area lakes at derby headquarters in the park.

Prizes are given for the largest northern, walleye, bass, crappie, perch and bluegill. Fish registration ends at 3 p.m., and prizes will be awarded at 3:30 p.m.

In addition, general raffle tickets are being sold by club members and are available at many businesses in and around Gillett and the Oconto County area. This year’s general raffle will offer $5,000 in cash prizes to include $1,000 cash for first place, $750 cash for second place, $500 cash for third place, $250 cash for fourth place, and $100 cash for fifth through 19th place. This year the 20th through 39th place winners will each receive $50.

A wealth of other prizes are also expected to be given away, and ticket holders need not be present to win the general raffle prizes. Drawing for these prizes will take place at 4:30 p.m. Bucket raffles will be available in the heated pavilion throughout the day. Impulse raffles and live auctions will begin at noon.

Burgers, hot dogs and beverages will be served, as well.

The Finnegan Lake Walleye Club is a nonprofit organization formed for the stewardship of Finnegan Lake and the boat landing area. Past projects have included cleanup of the lake shoreline, improvement of the parking area to include picnic tables and grills, construction of fish cribs, and treatment of evasive lake weeds. The club also has installed a handicapped accessible dock and a state-of-the-art boat landing area. Every year the club sponsors scholarships at Gillett, Suring, and Oconto Falls high schools and a youth fishing day in June that last year was attended by over 70 young people.