Published June 16, 2009, 12:00 AM

Lions walleye fishing tournament Saturday

The Lions are looking for some anxious anglers. With the annual Osakis Lions Walleye Fishing Tournament just days away, the organization is welcoming more people to join their event.

The Lions are looking for some anxious anglers. With the annual Osakis Lions Walleye Fishing Tournament just days away, the organization is welcoming more people to join their event.

This tournament is the main fundraiser for the Osakis Lions Club. It is limited to 100 teams, with many spaces still available. Aware of the down economy, organizers reduced the entry fee by $50 this year to $350 per two-person team.

Beginning at 7 a.m. June 20 and 21, two-person teams launch from the city landing in Osakis to spend their day fishing. They have eight hours to bring in their best walleye with a team limit of six weighed each day. The team with the most walleye weight for the two-day event earns bragging rights as top anglers, along with the big cash prize of $8,000. Winners of 2nd and 3rd place are awarded $5,000 and $3,000 respectively based on 100 entries.

Weigh-ins are held on Saturday and Sunday from 3 to 4 p.m. with an awards ceremony to follow on Sunday. The Lions club encourages the public to watch the big fish come in each afternoon.

With a full tournament, cash prizes are also awarded to the top 15 finishers with the greatest two-day stringer weight. Cash prizes will also be awarded for the largest walleye and the largest northern pike.

While fishing tournaments aren’t necessarily the best thing for a lake, the local Lions do everything they can to make it a positive outcome for the community, according to organizers. Fish are released back into Lake Osakis after they are weighed with an 87 percent survival rate last year.

The ones that don’t make it are cleaned by the Lions and donated to Galeon – the local senior housing facility and nursing home – for a much appreciated walleye dinner.

Registration forms are available at www.visitosakis.com.

For more information or to register, call Mike Thesing at (320) 859-4781.

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