Ohio angler on tournament investigation: Our fish were caught fairly

Dennis Anderson, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) on

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However, within a short while after the noon-3 p.m. contest ended, the Brainerd Jaycees received a detailed list dating to 2012 of past ice-fishing contests Ivan Lyogky and some other family members allegedly entered, along with fish they allegedly caught.

The Jaycees don't know who compiled the list, Meyer said, and his group couldn't confirm its complete accuracy. But someone, he said, obviously was aware of the Lyogkys' entry in the 2018 contest, as well as previous iterations of the same competition.

The same list was sent to the Star Tribune.

About 12,000 anglers entered the Brainerd event this year, with prizes awarded to anglers catching the 150 largest fish.

Of the top 150 fish, 135 were tullibees, with 11 walleyes also registered, as well as three northern pike and one perch.

Stephan and Ivan Lyogky registered two of the three northerns, and Rostik Lyogky registered the lone perch.

By standard measures, a 1.07-pound perch should be between 12 and 13 inches long. According to lake surveys dating to 1986, the Department of Natural Resources has never netted a perch that big in Gull Lake.

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Ivan Lyogky said he and Stephan and Rostik Lyogky took the lie detector tests on Monday. The contest rules state that if "deception" is detected, anglers' prizes might be withheld.

The Star Tribune published a story Sunday about the investigation. Attempts to reach the Ohio anglers last week by the newspaper before publishing were unsuccessful.

Ivan Lyogky said he didn't get messages left for him until Monday morning.

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