Who won the 2017 Lake Erie Fall Brawl?

Matthew Branigan shows off his 14.97-pound walleye, which just might win the Lake Erie Fall Brawl, which ends Sunday. (Craig Lewis, Erie Outfitters)

The 2017 Lake Erie Fall Brawl results are in. And, pending polygraph exams, Matthew Branigan is taking top honors with his nearly 15-pound walleye.

See the video of brawlers out on Friday in the Cleveland harbor.

Branigan’s 14.97-pound catch is the largest caught in the seven years of the brawl. “That’s probably going to be tough to beat,” said contest director Frank Murphy. “That’s a very large fish in the walleye world.”

The competition attracted more than 3,700 anglers from a dozen states.

Last week, the boat ramps were full of trailers and the lake was full of boats, helped along by sunny, 50-degree weather. All week, restaurants wondered about the influx of anglers.

“It was kind of like Mother Nature ordered it for us,” said Craig Lewis, of Erie Outfitters in Sheffield Lake, which weighed all the contest fish.

On Saturday night, the store stayed open all night, as a crowd gathered close to the 8 a.m. contest end. Lewis didn’t go more than 20 minutes without a weigh-in, he said.

“It never stopped. People from Michigan, Iowa, Minnesota, you name it, they were here,” he said.

The Brawl is hosting an awards ceremony Friday, where the boat and prizes will be given out.

First place wins the $75,000 Warrior boat. Second place wins $25,000, third $20,000, fourth $15,000 and $6,000.

Here are the winners, pending a polygraph test.

1.) Matthew Branigan
2.) Mark L Frase
3.)Brandon Zart
4.) Mike Robertson 
5.) Wendall Napp
6.)  John C. Fair
7.)  Adam Sandor
8.) Duane Lutz
9.)  Dustin Frey
10.) Gary Pongracz
14.970
13.625
13.435
12.980
12.845
12.820
12.800
12.790
12.740
12.440
31.50″
30.50″
30.00″
31.25″
30.50″
32.50″
31.75″
30.75″
31.50″
30.25″

In the kids under 17 division, here are the standings:

1.) Devin Stalling
2.) Brandon Short
3.) Caleb Ortiz
4.) Wyatt Humbert 
5.) Kal Zarembski
11.630
11.265
10.995
10.590
10.560
29.50″
30.50″
30.00″
29.00″
29.50″
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