Pat Deay, of Perry, holds up one of the many large flathead catfish he and some friends caught during the first day of the public fish salvage at the Douglas County State Fishing Lake. Deay arrived at the lake about 7 a.m. Saturday.
Don Hall, of Lawrence, needs some help getting out of the water after his canoe overturned because of the big fish he tried to catch. Tracy Potter, of Baldwin, gave Hall a hand out of the deep mud on Saturday.
Jim O'Trimble, of Perry, carried out a flathead catfish weighing about 50 pounds from the Douglas County State Fishing Lake on Saturday morning.
A 50-pound-plus flathead rests on the shore at fishermen try to save a swamped canoe.
Other fisherman at Douglas County Lake didn't have anything on, Pat Deay and Doug Bahnmaier, both of Perry, as they hauled in a big flathead.
They started around 7 a.m., running their lines in the water hoping to hook the big one as they lined the shore of the Douglas County State Lake to take part in a state-sponsored fish salvage.
Ron Bereitger of Lawrence tells of the big flathead that tossed him and his buddy Rick Edwards of Lawrence into the ice cold waters of the Douglas County Lake early Saturday morning.
Greg Wessling of Baldwin makes a big effort in getting one of his fish out and past the muddy bank.
Aaron Sewell of Emporia ties on a good size treble hook so he could take a chance on catching one of the big flatheads in the Douglas County Lake.
Don Hall holds on to a boat as Dusty Northrop and Curtis Wood, of Baldwin come to the rescue. Several boats tipped ove due to the size of fish they were trying to get in the small craft. Douglas County Fire & Medical personnel came out to treat some fishermen that slipped into the cold waters.