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Upcoming area fishing tournaments

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Send information on upcoming tournaments to emorken@echopress.com to be included on this list.

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• The 34th annual Lake Osakis Walleye Tournament sponsored by the Osakis Lions Club will be held June 14 and 15 this year. The first-place team will win $8,000. The entry fee is $350 per team with a limit of 100 teams in the tournament.

The two-day tournament consists of two-person teams with prizes based on the most weight of fish during the two days. Each boat will be permitted six walleyes per day and each walleye will be permitted only if they measure 16 inches. Only one walleye per day can be more than 20 inches.

The tournament will kick off with a mandatory boat inspection at 6 a.m. on Saturday, June 14 at the Osakis City Dock. Fishing will begin at 7 a.m. with a weigh-in at 3 p.m. both days.

Entry forms can be found at local businesses around Osakis, including the General Store, or by contacting an Osakis Lions Club member. For more information, call Mike at (320) 859-4781 or John at (320) 859-4456.

• The 25th annual Big Fish Invitational (BFI) Walleye Tournament to benefit the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation will take place on Lake Minnewaska on Saturday, May 17.

The tournament will start at 6 a.m. with a greeting and boat check at the public access on the north end of Lake Minnewaska next to Hunt’s Resort. Weigh-in will also be at Hunt’s Resort at 4:30 p.m.

A team may be up to three anglers per boat. There is a six walleye limit per team and a 13-inch minimum per fish. Only two may exceed 20 inches.

Last year’s tournament raised more than $1,000 in donations for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. The tournament is also trying to match entry fees dollar for dollar with pledge donations.

For additional information, e-mail bigfishinvitational@gmail.com or call (612) 462-0208.

• Reel Team Bass tournaments in the area will take place on May 31 on the L’Homme Dieu Chain of Lakes, on Lake Minnewaska on June 28 and on Lake Ida on August 2.

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