For 12-year-old Brody Bowers of Detroit Lakes, catching the winning fish in the Poles ‘N Holes Fishing Derby was the easy part. The contest started at noon on Saturday, and he caught the winning fish in the first five minutes of the derby, using a sucker minnow.
The hard part was the long wait until the derby ended at 3 p.m. and he finally knew the 4.66 pound northern he caught was the winning fish.
“He was a pretty nervous kid for almost three hours,” said his dad, Nick Bowers, who fished in the derby with Brody. Also at the derby with Brody was Nick’s dad and Brody’s grandfather, Terry Bowers.
It was a nice day for ice fishing, not much wind, and it was fun to be out there, Bowers said. It was a crowded derby on Little Detroit Lake, and the Bowers weren’t too thrilled with the position of their fishing holes -- right in the middle of everything.
But it turns out Brody’s fishing hole wasn’t in such a bad place after all. He took first place for the heaviest fish, and won a brand new Pro Series III Ice Castle fish house. It retails for $15,900, Bowers said.
The family hasn’t decided whether to keep the big fish house or sell it, but that kind of money could go a long way towards a healthy college fund for Brody, “just for catching a northern,” his father said.
If they do decide to sell it, Brody will still get a new set of golf clubs out of the deal, his dad said. The boy likes to golf as well as fish and snowmobile, he said.
Brody does a lot of his ice fishing with his grandfather who lives in the Lake Park area. And Grandpa “was probably more proud than anybody,” Bowers said.
Brody lives in Detroit Lakes with his dad, Nick, his mom, Alicia, and sisters Maddy, 17, and Ella, 15.
With more than $35,000 in total prizes given out this year, the annual Polar Fest Poles ‘N Holes Fishing Derby is sponsored by the Detroit Lakes Breakfast Rotary Club.
Poles 'N Holes 2020 winners
Brody Bowers, Detroit Lakes, 4.66 lbs., Northern
Robin Albright, Lake Park, 1.84 lbs., Northern
Ron Crawford, Detroit Lakes, 1.8 lbs., Northern
Todd Jenson, Fargo, 1.65 lbs., Northern
Dustin Ohm, Blufton, 1.58 lbs., Northern
Lynn Lanoue, Barnesville, 1.57 lbs., Northern
Tyler Kramer, Fargo, 1.48 lbs., Northern
Terry Feldt, Vergas, 1.43 lbs., Northern
Kelly Hinrichs, Elk River, 1.41 lbs., Northern
Justin Schramm, Moorhead, 1.41 lbs., Northern
Jeff Rusness, Detroit Lakes, 1.4 lbs., Northern
Greg Geerdes, Frazee, 1.36 lbs., Northern
Doug Piekarski, Frazee, 1.31 lbs., Northern
Christina Nelson, Frazee, 1.29 lbs., Bass
Jeff Gerdes, Audubon, 1.29 lbs., Northern
Jared Paur, Walker, 1.28 lbs., Northern
Mike Gunderson, Detroit Lakes, 1.24 lbs., Bass
David Kamrowski, Fargo, 1.21 lbs., Northern
Jaciinta Garza, Moorhead, 1.17 lbs., Northern
Mike Dretsch, Frazee, 1.1 lbs., Northern
Alyson Jenson, Detroit Lakes, 1.03 lbs., Crappie
Josh Carlson, Ulen, 1.01 lbs., Northern
Darrell Olds, Detroit Lakes, 0.97 lbs., Northern
Marcus Jasken, Detroit Lakes, 0.93 lbs., Bass
Troy Sperry, Detroit Lakes, 0.93 lbs., Bass
Shaun McPherson, Hawley, 0.93 lbs., Northern
Jim Launinger, Detroit Lakes, 0.92 lbs., Northern
Chad Launinger, Detroit Lakes, 0.91 lbs., Bass
Tiffani Aune, Frazee, 0.9 lbs., Bullhead
Robert McDonald, Detroit Lakes, 0.85 lbs., Crappie