Day 4 of our H2H PWS Lake Wisconsin Event started off as a grind to say the least.
After a Day 3 where we saw the DINKFEST rule come into effect, we knew we would see some serious tournament strategy from our anglers. After a few hours of not catching fish, Mike McCormick kicked things off by boating a 2 lb. 6 oz. walleye, our first scoreable fish of the day. Mike’s fish was caught right around 10:30 AM, only a half an hour later and Mike and his competitor Marianne Huskey would have gone into DINKFEST. Despite Mike McCormick’s quality fish to start the morning, Marianne was able to land a beautiful 6 lb. 5 oz. walleye, which proved to be enough weight to get a victory in her matchup today.
The next notable fish came from none other than our number one seed, Mike Gofron. Mike Caught his fish just minutes from the 11 AM mark to ensure DINKFEST would not go into effect for him and Josh Wiesner. Mike’s first, and only, scoreable fish for the day was a good one weighing in 7 lb. 10 oz. – our largest walleye of the season! Mike Gofron’s scenery has been very consistent throughout the tournament where he stays close to the same bridge. We know that Mike can catch some numbers there, but he has only been able to land two legal fish, the question is, will Gofron’s spot produce just enough fish for one more day? Only tomorrow will tell!
More excitement of the day was seen with our Match 6 showdown between Paul Meleen and Isaac Lakich. Paul Maleen flirted with catching his first scorable fish early in the morning with a 1 lb. 12 oz. fish, just 4 oz. short of being scoreable. If Paul’s fish would have hit the 2 lb. mark, Paul and Isaac would have never gone into DINKFEST. Luckily for Isaac, Paul’s fish was short, and Isaac had a spot he knew could catch fish. Once the 11 AM mark hit, Isaac setup where he caught over 9 lbs. of dinks yesterday only to find that his fish moved about 40 yards away. Paul continued to grind his best spot and finally connected with a 3 lb. 3 oz. fish. Answering right back and not a moment too late, Isaac found that school of short walleyes from yesterday and managed to pull out 3 lbs. 6 oz. of fish by ripping flies through some weeds. Isaac moves onto a championship match by a margin of only 3 oz. to face Mike Gofron.
If we have learned anything from this event, Lake Wisconsin is a wild card filled with a lot of questions, big fish, walleye numbers and just about every other of freshwater species you can think of. We have seen 40 + lb. catfish, tons of sheephead and some giant walleyes in just a few short days of fishing! Be sure to tune in on 5/21/2020 to see who will be crowned our H2H PWS Lake Wisconsin Champion!