Biggest Fish Contest  Catch of the Week — July 8

Tammy Standage of Alliance caught this bluegill fishing from her kayak on June 28 at the Bridgeport State Lakes. The fish measured 9 1/2 inches. Mark Schafer witnessed the catch.

Bridgeport State Recreation Area was the location for the latest Catch of the Week in the Biggest Fish Contest. 

Tammy Standage of Alliance caught this bluegill fishing from her kayak on June 28 at the Bridgeport State Recreation Area. The fish measured 9 1/2 inches. Mark Schafer witnessed the catch.

Also, we’ve got some updates for you on the Biggest Fish Contest leaders:

Bluegill — 9.5 inches, Bridgeport State Recreation Area, Tammy Standage of Alliance

Brown trout — 16 inches, Winters Creek Lake, Raymond Lemoine of Mitchell

Catfish — 34.5 inches, Box Butte Reservoir, Brionna Schafer of Alliance; 25 inches, Lake Minatare, Gavin Deer of Gering; 24 inches, Terry’s Lake, Mike Franke of Scottsbluff

Crappie — 16 inches, Scotts Bluff County private pond, Adyson Hoppes of Scottsbluff; 14 inches, Greyrocks Reservoir, Randy Sorell of Mitchell

European rudd — 10 inches, Box Butte Reservoir, Brionna Schafer of Alliance

Largemouth bass — 20 inches, Terry’s Lake, Mike Franke of Scottsbluff; 18.5 inches, Sandhills lake, Tammy Standage of Alliance; 18 inches, Island Lake north of Oshkosh, Emmalyn Herbel of Gering; 18 inches, Riverside Zoo ponds, Mike Franke of Scottsbluff; 17.5 inches, Terry’s Lake, Mike Franke of Scottsbluff

Muskie — 40 inches, Hyannis lake, Justin Powell of Alliance

Northern pike — 35 inches, Box Butte Reservoir, Brionna Schafer of Alliance; 23 inches, Lake Minatare, Theodore Berge of Gering

Smallmouth bass — 20 inches, Lake Minatare, Kayla Carrizales of Gering; 18 inches, Lake Minatare, Dakota Webb of Gering

Sunfish — 8.25 inches, Bridgeport State Recreation Area, Tammy Standage of Alliance

Tiger trout — 10 inches, Soldier Creek Wilderness Ponds, Raymond Lemoine of Mitchell

Walleye — 24 inches, Grayrocks Reservoir, Fred Hara of Scottsbluff; 19 inches, Winters Creek Lake, Carsen Mashek of Gering

Wiper — 27 inches, Lake McConaughy, Roger Murphy of Sidney

Add yourself to the leaders’ list with your catch by entering your biggest fish entry: starherald.com/biggestfishcontest.

Cabela’s is sponsoring great prizes in this year’s Biggest Fish Contest. Anglers who catch the longest fish of each recognized game-fish species will win a Cabela’s $25 gift card and be eligible for the grand prize of a Cabela’s $100 gift card and a tailgate fillet table donated by Cabela’s. Species winners are based on length, not weight, and catch-and-release is encouraged.

The Star-Herald welcomes submissions from anglers of fish caught in the upstream waters of the North Platte River system. Lake McConaughy is also included.

Entries must include a clear photo of the fish and the angler who caught it, information about the place it was caught, its length in inches (weight optional) and the name and phone number of a witness to confirm the length of the fish and the day it was caught. Nebraska Master Angler applications also are acceptable.

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