SANDPOINT — The rainbows were biting Tuesday as the Lake Pend Oreille Idaho Club’s Thanksgiving Derby neared the midway point.
“The long-awaited rainbow bite happened today,” board member Dave Gillespie said in an email announcing Tuesday’s results. “As there is a high wind warning for (today) there may not be many added to the list until the weekend as there is no derby fishing on Thanksgiving Day.”
Denton McGlothlin of Sagle nabbed a 23.68-pound, 36 1/2-inch beauty on Tuesday to claim the top spot in the rainbow trout adult division, with Mike Blackstone of Sagle joining him on the leaderboard in the division with a 20.16-pound, 35 1/2-inch rainbow. Mike Mitale of Coeur d’Alene, who hooked a 19.44-pound, 33 3/4-inch fish Monday, dropped to third. Catching his way to fourth-place in the division is James Carothers of Sagle, who caught an 18.58-pound rainbow that measured 33 inches.
Becky Sturgis of Coeur d’Alene continues to hold the top spot in the adult Mackinaw division with the 17.58-pound Mackinaw measuring 37 inches she caught on Saturday, the derby’s opening day. In second is Coeur d’Alene’s Don Houk, who caught an 11.22-pound, 29-inch Mack on Monday, followed by Art Webb with a 6.36-pound, 25 1/2 inch Mack in third, Dale Greene with a 4.66-pound, 25-inch fish in fourth, and Kenny Breeden with a 3.33-pound, 21-inch Mack in fifth.
Sixth in the division is Matt Melton with a 3.18-pound, 21 1/4-inch Mackinaw, followed by Tom Joyner in seventh with a 2.72-pound, 20-inch fish, and Mike Mitale with a 2.46-pound, 19 3/4-inch Mack for eighth place. Bert Dennett is ninth with a 1.76-pound, 17-inch fish and wrapping up the top 10 is Paul Millar with a 1.64-pound, 18-inch fish.
While there are no entries yet in the Youth A division, in the Youth B division, Lauren Porter continues to hold the lead in the category with an 18.18-pound, 32-inch rainbow. In second place is Madison Shaw Clary, who caught a 13.9-pound, 28 3/4-inch rainbow. Claiming third spot on the list is Savannha Landingham, who caught a 6.30-pound, 23-inch rainbow on Sunday.
There are also no entries yet in the junior rainbow and junior Mackinaw divisions.
Over $10,000 in cash and prize money are up for grabs during the derby, which continues until 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 1, with a day off on Thanksgiving.
Tickets can be purchased at the Captn’s Table, Odie’s Bayside Grocery, North 40 Outfitters, Priest River Marine and Sandpoint Marine. The entry fee is $40 for adults and $20 for juniors.
K&K Derby 2019
(Tuesday, Nov. 26)
Adult rainbow trout
1. Denton McGlothlin, Sagle, 23.68 pounds, 36 ½ inches; 2. Mike Blackstone, Sagle, 20.16, 35 1/2; 3. Mike Mitale, Coeur d’Alene, 19.44, 33 3/4; 4. James Carothers, Sagle, 18.58, 33.
1. Becky Sturgis, Coeur d’Alene, 17.58-pounds, 37 inches; 2. Don Houk, 11.22, 29; 3. Arb Webb, 6.36, 25 1/2; 4. Dale Greene, 4.66, 25; 5. Kenny Breeden, 3.33, 21; 6. Matt Melton, 3.18, 21 1/4; 7. Tom Joyner, 2.72, 20; 8. Mike Mitale, Coeur d’Alene, 2.46 lbs. 19 3/4; 9. Bert Dennett, 1.76, 17; and 10. Paul Millar, 1.64,18;
Junior division (rainbow trout)
No fish caught.
Junior division (Mackinaw)
No fish caught.
Youth A division
No fish caught.
Youth B division
1. Lauren Porter, 18.18 pounds, 32 inches, rainbow; 2. Madison Shaw Clary, 13.90, 28 3/4, rainbow; 3. Savannha Landingham, 6.30, 23, rainbow.
Mack of the Day
Mack of the Day — Becky Sturgis, Saturday, Nov. 23; Mike Mitale, Sunday Nov. 24; Don Houk, Monday, Nov. 25.