Thalacker photo contest

This week’s winner of Chetek’s 2022 Catch-and-Release Fishing Photo Contest is the Thalacker family, of Chetek. Four-year-old Laney Thalacker, third from the left, caught and released this 26-inch walleye on June 12 while fishing Pokegama Lake. Laney caught the big walleye while using a leech and a slip bobber. The Thalacker family will be awarded $20 in cash, courtesy of the Chetek Chamber of Commerce. Pictured from left to right are Leopold, Hannah, Laney, Levi and Bronson Thalacker, along with family friend Trajan Florczak. The weekly photo contest is meant to promote the catch-and-release aspect of fishing on the Chetek Chain, while encouraging photographers to take unique, clever and clear photos for submission. To submit a photo, anglers will need to catch a fish, take a digital photo, release the fish and then send the photo to

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