One lucky angler could become $10,000 richer by the time the Kewaunee/Door Salmon Tournament ends on Saturday, but it means a lot more for communities along the lakeshore. Charter fishing tours got off to a slow start this year due to restrictions from Governor Tony Evers’ Safer at Home Order. Events like the Baileys Harbor Brown Trout Tournament were canceled, likely taking thousands of spring tourism dollars with it. Now that anglers have been able to fill up their boats outside and grab necessary supplies inside, Baileys 57 manager Kari Baumann is happy to see the community bustling with the activity.
Baumann says while it has been busy, they are still taking the necessary precautions like mandatory masking inside the store to help keep staff members and other visitors safe. Baileys 57 has seen four of the top 20 salmon caught as of Tuesday morning, trailing only Sturgeon Bay and Washington Island locations on the leaderboard. Other ports weighing in salmon are located in Kewaunee and Algoma.
Picture courtesy of the Baileys 57 Facebook page