UW-Green Bay/Bellin College of Nursing student Tim Lautenslager is calling on avid fishermen to get out on the Bay next weekend, for the first-ever Jordan Olson Musky Derby. Lautenslager and Olson are lifelong friends with years of memories made on the water.
With Olson in a fight against skin cancer, Lautenslager and others felt it appropriate to combine their favorite pastime with a fundraiser to help Olson with his medical bills. The catch and release Derby will be held from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 14 with launch at Green Bay Metro boat launch and awards at Smokey’s on the Bay at 3 p.m. The entry for the two-man teams is $200, with fisherman catching fish and taking photos of them with winners totaling up the inches to determine placement. About 60 percent of the registration fee will go to Olson with the rest a payout to winners.
“Me and Jordan grew up together went to school together and would hunt and fish with one each other whenever we could,” Lautenslager explains. “We are great friends and talk almost every day. We are doing this because Jordan is the nicest person you will ever meet. He is a kind and caring individual.”
The tournament will also support musky research. After fishermen reel in their catch during the derby, teams from UW-Stevens Point will implant a tracking device in the musky.
“Not only will they be able to see where they’re going, but to figure out why they’re going to different spots on Green Bay or the Fox River and different tributary streams, and if there’s actually some natural reproduction. That would just be phenomenal knowledge to know,” said Wisconsin DNR Conservation Warden Darren Kuhn in an interview with NBC 26.
There will be food, raffles and entertainment. They have a goal of raising $15,000 on the day. For more information contact Tim Lautenslager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 920-321-6060.