Be prepared to experience a lot of excitement and big fish when you head to some gas stations and area businesses over the next nine days. The Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament kicked off its 39th edition early Friday morning, turning several businesses in Door and Kewaunee counties into weigh stations, snack bars, and town halls for anglers. The tournament means millions of dollars in economic impact each year. Baileys 57 manager Kari Baumann expects the next week to be extremely busy stocking up on supplies and looking for that trophy fish. It requires long hours, but she loves the stories that come with them.
Fish are typically weighed in from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily as anglers chase down $50,000. Baumann says the first fish weighed in Baileys Harbor at just over 22 pounds, but there are certainly king salmon out there. Will Martin caught one salmon that weighed in at 38.58 pounds near Kewaunee on Thursday, the day before the tournament officially started. That could be one of the heaviest Wisconsin-caught salmon in over 20 years.