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Women anglers tame waves to rack up prizes

Katie Kraft proudly holds the 6.78-pound northern that earned her the grand prize award at the Women Anglers of Minnesota tournament on Lake Osakis June 4.1 / 2
Missy Davis took the top prize in the sunfish category with this .88-pound catch.2 / 2

The Women Anglers of Minnesota (WAM) appears to have picked a good spot for its 39th annual women’s fishing tournament.

The event, held on Lake Osakis on June 4, drew 84 participants and more than 140 visitors to the area.

A total of 31 boats were on the water.

Organizers noted that Mother Nature threw the women a curve ball with 15 to 20 mph winds and rain most of the morning, but that did not stop the ladies from bringing in some great fish.

The grand prize was awarded to Katie Kraft for bringing in a 6.78 pound northern pike that was the largest fish caught during the tournament, earning her a $2,000 check.

Women Anglers of Minnesota is the longest standing women’s fishing organization in the nation.

“We’re excited to announce that we will be celebrating our 40th anniversary on Lake Osakis in 2017,” noted Kristen Merwin, WAM vice president and tournament director.

The tournament will be held on June 3, 2017. For more information, visit the website, www.womenanglersmn.com.

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