Jim Hall Memorial Trout Classic

The Jim Hall Memorial May Trout Classic brought in rainbow trout from 5 to 7 pounds on the first day of the two day event. Anglers scored the fish from boat and shore by trolling and bait fishing. Conditions were ideal with air temperatures reaching 77 degrees and the surface water temperature at 57 degrees.

CD-07 Rapalas and Thomas Buoyant topped the hot lures of the day. Greg Boll and Alan Sharp (owners of Big Bear Marina) landed the 2nd and 4th place fish in the Classic on the first day. Greg’s fish weighed in at 6.81 pounds and Alan’s was 5.21 pounds.

Greg’s trout hit a Rainbow Rapala, flatlined on mono, while Alan’s took a red and gold Bouffant at two colors of leadcore.

According to Alan the fishing will remain strong into June with a lot of trophy sized fish in the waters of Big Bear Lake. The fish are up and down throughout the water column, so be sure to vary your depths and lure selection as well as color.

Update: Monday, May 19, 2008

The Trout Classic purse was nearly $6000 this year and was sold out by April. All proceeds from the Trout Classic are used to restock the fish in Big Bear Lake.

  • Terry Palhegyi of Yucapia reeled in the biggest fish (trout) of the tournament at 8.10 pounds and worth $2025.
  • Ryan Befort of Big Bear Lake took second for his 7.22 pound trout worth $1125.

Cash prizes were also awarded to:

  • Jose Michel of Westminster
  • Bob McGrew of Fawnskin
  • John Bakken of Malibu
  • Greg Boll of Big Bear Lake
  • Ron Huska of Temecula
  • Casey Latsko of Santa Monica
  • Mike Roney of Big Bear Lake

Junior Division Winners (12-15 years old) who each won a trophy and were awarded a rod and reel were:

  • C.J. Howell of Placentia
  • Jade Huska of Temecula
  • Matthew Voelkel of Fullerton

The top three Pee-Wee Fishermen (5-11 years old) who also won a trophy and rod and reel were:

  • Nathan Marshall of Big Bear City
  • Hannah Wijnhamer of Big Bear City
  • Jake Rice of Fallbrook

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