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Bites slow Friday in K/D Salmon Tournament

Four new anglers moved into the top 25 Friday on Day Eight of the 9-day Kewaunee/Door County Salmon Tournament.


Catches were down, likely a combination of changing water conditions from the ever-changing winds and currents and — in some areas, at least— clinging weeds and Russian fishhook fleas, which required anglers to check and clean lines.


Some of it could also be chalked up to fishing pressure, which was very high off some ports. However, the truth is, we don't know why salmon action is hot one day and not the next. There are so many factors to consider. The good news is, even on a slow day, all it takes is one "right" bite, and your fortunes can change quickly!


On Friday, a trio of 27s and a 28-pound-plus Chinook were the largest of the day.


The first and last fish of the day at Washington Island were the biggest. Daniel Petersilka of Sturgeon Bay brought in a 38-1/2-inch, 27.44-pounder that hit a fly down 80 in 150 feet of water about an hour after sunrise. He sits in 23rd place. Not to be outdone, Ken Roche of Menasha (pictured) took the port prize with a few minutes to spare, bringing in a 28.64-pounder that hit a spoon 60 down in 150 feet of water about 8 p.m. That one moved into the No. 12 spot.


Scott Vandenvelden of Shiocton used a spoon to connect with a 27.68-pounder mid-morning at Baileys Harbor. He moved into the 21st spot.


Jeff Hartmann of Cleveland used a spoon 100 down in 115 feet of water off Algoma to lure a 27.19-pounder. The fish, currently 24th, hit around 5:30 a.m.


The 2020 "K/D" wraps up Saturday at 9 p.m. Daily tickets ($13) are still available.


For all the latest updates and photos, visit the K/D Salmon Tournament's Facebook page.


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