Lakes Festival Featured New Grace College Fishing Club
This year at the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival, the Grace College Bass Fishing Club hosted 15 teams for their inaugural tournament on Winona Lake. It was an exciting event with no shortage of catches or dedication to putting it together.
Grace College student, Christopher Valentine, the president of the Grace College Bass Fishing Club, coordinated the event with Dr. Nate Bosch, Associate Professor of Environmental Science at Grace.
“I got involved [with the club] through Christopher who started the club on campus and asked me to be the faculty sponsor,” says Bosch who, alongside teaching, is actively involved in the care and improvement of the community’s lakes. “The tournament was important in that it added a new component to the Northern Indiana Lakes Festival and helped more people learn about, enjoy and value the local lakes we are blessed with,” he says.
Though the fishing club at Grace was only established on campus this past school year, it has already received significant notoriety because of the tournament. The club’s event was privileged to have Rick Rogers of the Fulton County Bassmasters Club help with the registration and weigh-in at the festival.
This year, with a five-bass-boated limit, Jason Patterson and Ryan Carroll made first place in the tournament at a 14.39-pound catch (Patterson also won “Big Bass” of the tournament with a 3.66 pound catch); George White received second place at 12.63 pounds; and Rick Rogers and R.J. Rogers made third place with 11.06 pounds.
In accordance with the club’s priority to keep the lake well-taken-care-of, all the fish caught during the tournament were released back into Winona Lake following the weigh-in.