Brad Bacher

Brad Bacher holds up his 24-inch walleye that he caught over the weekend, in Canadohta Lake.

CANADOHTA — The 2016 Canadohta Ice Fishing Tournament was held over the weekend, and the muskies eluded fishermen, yet again.

Tournament director Jerry Van Tassel Jr. was hoping that the anglers would level out the playing field, this year, since muskies have found a way to dodge the bait for two years in a row.

But, besides that, the tournament did reel in some winning fish.

Perch, crappie, walleye and northern pike found their way onto the ice, Saturday and Sunday, rewarding the four lucky anglers who baited them in.

Kip McLaughlin, of Erie, took home the prize for biggest perch, measuring at 9 and 3/4 inches.

Dick Perry, of Union City, reeled in a 13 and 1/4 inch crappie, to leave the ice with a cash prize in his respective category.

Lewistown resident Brad Bacher hooked a monster 24-inch walleye, giving him the first-place bragging rights.

Pittsburgh native Joe Fink one-upped Bacher, pulling up a 35-inch northern pike, garnering the biggest cash prize of the tournament.

The last winner of the tournament was Jeff Jackson, who was the lucky 50-50 winner.

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