Reels Are Out and the Bite Is On!


Reels Are Out and the Bite Is On!

By Steve Cockrell, Posted 8/2/2017

Opening Day at Waterfall Resort turned out to be a good one for John Pennewaert of Newport Beach, California. Pennewaert caught a 28.3-pound Chinook on June 6 that landed him his official title—the season’s first King of the Day. Fortune also struck Jim Christensen of Costa Mesa, California, who won the title on June 7 with a 32.7-pounder. And Day Three saw Mary Judson of Fairbanks, Alaska, take the honors with a stunning 41.4-pound fish. All three anglers are repeat guests and we’re pretty sure that, beyond sheer luck, their wins came down to experience.

Since then, Dave Leclair of Anchorage, Alaska, edged Judson out of the lead with a 43-pound king on June 28. Of course, all King of the Day winners have a shot at the King of Kings Salmon Tournament Grand Prize—the Ford F-150 pickup.

Meanwhile, there was plenty of excitement going for the King Salmon Jackpot Challenge,June 9 to 12. Longtime guest Dick Braden of Hughson, California, won the drawing for that Grand Prize, a return trip to Waterfall Resort for the 2018 Challenge. This year’s top five scorers: Robert Aitken of Penn Valley, California, took first with a 34.9-pound king; Tom Honan of Olympia, Washington, came in second with a 33.1-pounder; Dan Henrichs of Conroe, Texas, bagged third with his 32.7-pounder; Steve Smith of Priest River, Idaho, was fourth with a 26.1-pound fish, and April Schmidt of Medina, Washington, took fifth with her 25-pounder. Among other highlights: Aitken and his boat mate Greg Stewart of Stanwood, Washington, swept the cash prizes on June 10th.

And speaking of action, Mercedes-Benz, one of our corporate groups, held its own tournament on June 13. The winners: Curtis Cherry of Las Vegas for “Biggest King,” Joe Gruen of Tallahassee, Florida, for “Second Biggest King,” and Dan Tow of Honolulu for “Biggest Halibut.”

You can check out all the King of the Day tournament winners on the Waterfall Resort Facebook page.