Jerry Asselin, $500 fish

Jerry Asselin (right), of Chetek, had one of his luckiest fishing outings in recent memory as the longtime Chetek Chain of Lakes angler reeled in tagged bluegill worth $500— the first big money fish of the 2021 Fish-O-Rama Contest. Asselin was fishing Pokegama Lake with a bobber and earth worm, when he reeled in the 9-inch bluegill and noticed it had chartreuse Fish-O-Rama tag attached to its dorsal fin. Asselin stated that he has caught a few small-dollar tagged fish in the past but this was his first big pay day from the contest he participates in each year. The fish was sponsored by Oak Grove Resort, of Chetek, with owner Gary Thurston (left) present to award the $500 check to Asselin.

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