Big Fish Contest

D&R Sports Center Big Fish Contest

2019 Big Fish Contest

D&R Sports Center 2019 Big Fish Contest begins Saturday, April 27th and runs through Monday, September 2nd. Thirteen different species of fish may be entered. There is no entry fee, but all entries must be caught within 50 miles of Kalamazoo. NO FROZEN FISH will be accepted for the contest. The contest standings will be posted here and will be updated weekly.

At the close of the contest, entries in first, second and third place will receive a gift card for D&R Sports Center. One Grand Prize will be awarded based on a random drawing from all entries at the end of the contest. ALL ENTRIES, even those that did not make the standings, will have a chance at the Grand Prize.

  • 1st Place: $25 D&R Sports Center Gift Card
  • 2nd Place: $20 D&R Sports Center Gift Card
  • 3rd Place: $15 D&R Sports Center Gift Card
  • Grand Prize: $100 D&R Sports Center Gift Card

Check out our Weekly Fishing Report for more details on where to go and what to use.

For more information on the Big Fish Contest and local fishing conditions call D&R Sports Center, open seven days a week.

2019 Final Standings

Updated: 9/3/19
 BLUEGILL
First Place Dale Wos 1 lb.  0 oz. 20 5/8 Points -
Second Place Michael Williams 13 oz. 19 3/4 Points Crooked Lake
Third Place Roy Middlebrooks 12 oz. 19 1/4 Points Fish Lake
 BROOK TROUT
First Place Brock Neeson 4.54 oz. 13 3/4 Points Gun River
Second Place Brock Neeson 2.33 oz. 10 3/4 Points Gun River
Third Place - - - -
 BROWN TROUT
First Place Mike Bommerschein 3 lb.  0 oz. 31 1/4 Points Whiskey Run
Second Place Scott Murton 2 lbs. 9 oz. 28 1/2 Points Paw Paw River
Third Place - - - -
 CATFISH
First Place Shawn Dixon 35 lb.  9 oz. 69 Points Fennville Dam
Second Place Shawn Dixon 25 lbs. 13 oz. 62 1/2 Points Kalamazoo River
Third Place Shawn Dixon 18 lbs. 9 oz. 54 1/4 Points Kalamazoo River
 CRAPPIE
First Place Fenner Brown 2 lbs. 0 oz. 30 1/2 Points Eagle Lake
Second Place Don Zudweg 1 lb. 13 oz. 27 3/8 Points Gull Lake
Third Place Russ Vandebos 1 lb. 13 oz. 27 1/4 Points Gull Lake
 KING SALMON
First Place Randy Wilkinson 30 lbs. 2 oz. 67 1/2 Points Lake Michigan
Second Place Douglas Sytsma 26 lbs. 9 oz. 65 1/4 Points Lake Michigan
Third Place Julian Lawson 27 lbs. 11 oz. 64 5/8 Points Lake Michigan
 LAKE TROUT
First Place Brian Conlon 12 lbs. 10 oz. 50 3/4 Points St. Joe River
Second Place Jim Hamrick 12 lbs. 3 oz. 50 Points Lake Michigan
Third Place - - - -
 LARGEMOUTH BASS
First Place Brady Crocker 5 lbs. 12 oz. 37 Points Lake 16
Second Place Jacob Potts 5 lbs. 2 oz. 36 1/2 Points Gull Lake
Third Place Fenner Brown 4 lbs. 14 oz. 36 1/2 Points Upper Crooked
 NORTHERN PIKE
First Place Jim Norris 13 lbs. 6 oz. 53 1/4 Points Portage Lake
Second Place Jim Norris 11 lbs. 4 oz. 51 1/2 Points Portage Lake
Third Place Aiden Johnson 10 lbs. 2 oz. 50 1/8 Points Long Lake
 SMALLMOUTH BASS
First Place Rick Ross 3 lbs. 13 oz. 34 Points Gull Lake
Second Place George Wright 4 lbs. 8 oz. 33 1/8 Points Gull Lake
Third Place Darrel Pennington 4 lbs. 4 oz. 32 1/4 Points Gun Lake
 STEELHEAD (RAINBOW TROUT)
First Place Jordan Lemmer ​​​​​​​16 lbs. 6 oz. 54 1/2 Points Lake Michigan
Second Place Darrell Pennington 14 lbs. 2 oz. 50 1/2 Points Kalamazoo River
Third Place Julian Lawson 10 lbs. 12 oz. 48 3/8 Points Lake Michigan
 WALLEYE
First Place Julian Lawson 5 lbs. 5 oz. 39 1/2 Points Lake Michigan
Second Place Paul Thrasher 4 lbs. 7 oz 37 1/4 Points Lake Michigan
Third Place Darrell Pennington 4 lbs. 12 oz 36 1/2 Points Lake Michigan
 YELLOW PERCH
First Place Robert Lemon 2 lbs. 4 oz. 23 1/2 Points Upper Crooked Lake
Second Place Jamie Cloetingh 14 oz. 21 Points Lake Michigan
Third Place Fenner Brown 7 oz. 16 1/8 Points Upper Crooked Lake