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Dassel, Appleton anglers team up to win 40th annual Osakis Lions Club walleye tournament

Three teams bring in bags of more than 18 pounds.

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Osakis Lions Club president Mark Reicks (left) with the top-three teams in the 40th annual Osakis Lions Club walleye tournament on June 19, 2021. Team members are (left to right) Rene Marelic and Brice Gillman, third place; Steve Boraas and Brian Winterfeldt, first place; and Nick Bialka and John Hartung, second place. (Contributed photo)

The Osakis Lions Club hosted its 40th annual walleye tournament on Lake Osakis on June 19 where 222 fish were registered.

The average weight came in at 2.03 pounds per fish, and the two-person team of Brian Winterfeldt from Dassel and Steve Boraas of Appleton took home a first-place payday of $7,360. Winterfeldt and Boraas finished with a total weight of 18.65 pounds.

That was just in front of the second-place team of Darwin’s Nick Bialka and John Hartung of Rice. They caught a total weight of 18.15 pounds. Brice Gillman (Darwin) and Rene Marelic (Dassel) were the third team to come in with a bag of over 18 pounds as they rounded out the top three finishers with a total weight of 18.05.

Bialka and Hartung tied with the team of Tim Servin and Dean Grochow of Dassel for the biggest walleye of the event with a 6.75-pounder.

A total of 69 teams competed, and $17,565 of prize money was awarded in the tournament.



TOP 10 TEAMS -- 1. Brian Winterfeldt/Steve Boraas - 18.65 pounds, $7,360 prize; 2. Nick Bialka/John Hartung - 18.15, $3,680; 3. Brice Gillman/Rene Marelic - 18.05 pounds, $1,840; 4. Mike Sorenson, Osakis/Kyle Spychalla, Browerville - 16.35 pounds, $828; 5. Rick Jenneke, Hutchinson/Dan Jochum, Chaska - 15.62 pounds, $694; 6. Stan Schultz, Osakis/Craig Schultz, Osakis - 14.49 pounds, $460; 7. Tim Servin/Dean Grochow - 13.65 pounds, $414; 8. Gary Brekkestran, Horace, ND/Tim Hinrich, Alexandria - 13.60 pounds, $368; 9. Fletcher Klick, Anoka/James Klick, Blaine - 13.28, $322; 10. Tim Greene, Brooklyn Park/Larry Long, Brooklyn Park - 13.12, $299

Eric Morken is a sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press Newspaper in Alexandria, Minnesota, a property of the Forum News Service. Morken covers a variety of stories throughout the Douglas County area, as well as statewide outdoor issues.
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