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Big Brownie is on the loose

HARRISVILLE, Mich. — Northeast Michigan’s most wanted fish (Big Brownie), is now on the loose in Lake Huron. The brown trout was released Wednesday evening, and the big question is will someone catch the grand prize?

Last year, the grand prize was worth $25,000. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Big Brownie is now worth $2,000.

Back in 2017, Big Brownie was reeled in for the first time ever. Robert Westenbargar set the line and Jan Stepanski caught the grand prize.

The tournament would not be made possible without Cedarbrook Trout Farm providing Big Brownie. Owner Jerry Kahn tells us on what makes brown trout, like Big Brownie so special.

“The colorations and markings on them is what makes them look so special,” said Kahn. “They’re very hard to catch. The brown trout are not originated from Michigan, they’re originated from Germany.”

The 46th Michigan Brown Trout Tournament kicks off this Saturday.