The fish were biting and the rain held off (mostly) for the R&D employees, family members and boat captains who set out at dawn June 3 for the 2nd Annual R&D Fishing Trip on Lake Michigan.
“The response last year was so great we wanted to do it again, but this year made it a fundraiser for the Great Lakes Sport Fisherman Ozaukee Chapter,” said Ring & DuChateau Vice President Paul Albrecht, trip organizer and member of the GLSF-OZ. The organization will use the donations for restocking the lake and charitable fishing events it organizes.
The largest fish caught was a 17-pound King Salmon snagged by Commissioning’s Peggy Welden, who will share her catch with staff after having it smoked. In all, the group took in more than 60 fish before the weather demanded an early exit from the lake. Despite storms, the group was able to celebrate the day’s bounty with a cookout at a nearby park shelter.
“This was a win for everyone involved. We were able to share this unbelievable natural resource, take home some fish and benefit a group working to keep the lake healthy and productive for future generations,” Albrecht said. He has already started planning next year’s outing.