Local man wins Big One

Print Article

Bret Hojem proudly shows off his champion salmon during the Big One Derby last weekend. Courtesy photo

COEUR d’ALENE — Silver Valley fisherman Bret Hojem was the top angler at the Lake Coeur d’Alene Angler’s Association’s 35th annual Big One Derby competition last week.

Hojem, a longtime member of the LCAA, caught the 13.54-pound Chinook salmon at 6:30 on Saturday night after a few tough days of fishing.

“It was a hard tournament with some hard fishing,” Hojem said. “I’ve been fishing this tournament for like 27 or 28 years now and never won it until now, so that was pretty exciting.”

Hojem found it slightly amusing that his top prize fish was the smallest fish ever to crown a champion, but with the aforementioned tough conditions, he is very proud of his accomplishment.

Windy conditions made the water exceptionally choppy, which can be disastrous for outboard motors.

Hojem hadn’t even planned on entering this year, but with a little parental prompting, he joined a tournament that he would eventually end up winning.

“My dad talked me into fishing the derby this year with him, but then something came up and he couldn’t go,” Hojem said with a chuckle. “So I was out there with him checking in every 10 minutes to tell me what to do. I still had a pretty good time though.”

These derby competitions are taken very seriously and competitors are required to follow very stringent guidelines throughout the event to ensure that fish are caught within the boundaries of the competition, as well as the parameters of the rules itself.

Rules like: an angler may enter two fish per day and those fish must be weighed the same day caught.

All fish must be weighed in at one of the designated weigh stations. Meaning that competitors like Hojem have to be picky about the fish they decide to have weighed.

For his efforts, Hojem netted a cool $1,000 prize for the top fish.

The Lake Coeur d’Alene Angler’s Association is a nonprofit fishing club that was established in 1990 by a group of anglers who had hopes of promoting and enhancing Lake Coeur d’Alene fisheries.

Now, with more than 500 members, the club hosts monthly meetings to discuss issues relevant to maintaining and preserving the fishery.

Print Article

Read More Local News

Elk Creek fire scorches several structures, vehicles

November 14, 2019 at 5:23 pm | Shoshone News-Press ELK CREEK – There was little that emergency crews could have done to save several structures affected by a fire Tuesday night, as many were completely engulfed in flames even before a call for help...


Read More

BOCC evaluates county EMS formula

November 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm | Shoshone News-Press PINEHURST — The Shoshone Board of County Commissioners met last week with the Shoshone County Emergency Medical Services Corporation, as well as representatives with the local fire districts to discu...


Read More

Thank you for freedom

November 12, 2019 at 5:00 pm | Shoshone News-Press KELLOGG — A time for reflection, a time for honoring, a time for celebrating. The Veterans Day ceremony at the Silver Valley Veteran’s Memorial in the Kellogg City Park hit all of these marks on Mon...


Read More

All moved in

November 12, 2019 at 12:25 pm | Shoshone News-Press By CHANSE WATSON Managing Editor OSBURN – The new Shoshone County Fire District No. 1 Firehouse got to test its capacity rating on Saturday when Silver Valley residents swung by to help the crew ...


Read More

Contact Us

(208) 752-1120
620 E Mullan Ave.
P.O. Box 589
Osburn, Idaho 83849

©2019 Shoshone News Press Terms of Use Privacy Policy