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MN Fishing Challenge Teams Raise Nearly $300,000

June 3


Above Photo: Al Lindner with Wes Anderson & Don Karlgaard; Lund Boat Giveaway winners! 

127 teams fished Gull Lake during the 9th Annual MN Fishing Challenge, a multi-species fishing tournament, June 3. The 2-person teams found most fish shallow, and almost every team caught fish on Gull Lake near Brainerd.

The teams raised nearly $300,000 to support Mn Adult & Teen Challenge drug and rehabilitation programs statewide. The cumulative amount generated via this family-friendly tournament since 2009 is $1.6 million.  Stu Nelson and Rich Brummer, Cloquet, set a stout record this year with the most ever raised by a team. They already have more than $112,000 on the books and more money coming in the pipeline.

Save the date for the 2018 MN Fishing Challenge | June 2, 2018

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Top Placing High School Teams

(Bass Division)

Dawson Rickard & Jayden Bray, Pequot Lakes HS, 14.28#

Troy Peterson & Caleb Nagel, Brainerd HS, 11.91#

Brendan Miller & Cole Ostrowski, Brainerd HS, 11.29#


Lindner Media Bass Division

Dawson Rickard & Jayden Bray, Pequot Lakes HS, 14.28#




Navillus Land Company Walleye Division

Kathy Yeh & Philip Yeh, Nisswa, 15.07#






 Nor-Son Panfish Division

Steve Pennaz, Independence & Dale Anderson, Long Lake, 5.21#




Nor-Son Pike Division

George & Cindy Cooper, Brainerd, 9.91#





Sportech Mixed Bag Division (one pike, one walleye, one bass and one panfish)

Brian Miller, Eden Prairie & James Madigan, Brainerd, 16.46#





Largest bass, 4.90 pounds, caught by Brian Miller, Eden Prairie & James Madigan, Brainerd, earning them a special McDonalds’s trophy of a rod and reel used by Al Lindner during filming of a TV show.

The McDonald’s big walleye award, a rod and reel from Al Lindner’s boat, went to Brian Fennel & Jesse Brunsvig of North Dakota with a 7.83-pounder weighed in the Walleye division.

Mathews_Logo-RGBDuring the rules meeting Friday prior to the contest, Pete Hein from Flatline Outdoors in Princeton donated five Mathews Hype bows to five young anglers.



$3,000 Brainerd Jaycee’s Special Prize

The following teams fundraised over $3,000, earning them the Brainerd Jaycee’s Special Prize. Two framed and numbered 20 x 24 special prints signed by artist Stu Nelson, Al Lindner and Steve Pennaz. These prizes will be sent to all winners in late summer.

Team 13 – Den & Mike Pluimer

Lake Assault – Carroll Paananen & Al Barbeln

Team Bonnema – Scott Bonnema

Team MC – Bob Casperson & Darryl Meyer

Teambobberdown – Nick Grbich & Russ Pogatchnik

Team 55 – Cole & Dave Anderson

Seiffert Fishing – Jamison Seiffert & Josh Maxwell

Team 101- Skiff Camp – Tom Skiff & Paul Larson

Team 59 – Scott and Josh Ruis

Team Anderson – Wes Anderson & Don Karlgaard

Team 18 – Gary Ellis & Lowell Borgen

Team 14 – Peter Olson & Craig Walters



2017 RAFFLE Check out the 2017 prizes raffled off on June 3.


Rainy Lake Houseboat Trip – Eric Sullivan, Pillager

Original Framed Musky Painting by Stuart Nelson – Ryan Strugar, Kent

Witch Bay Camp Package- Armonda Allen, Minneapolis

Steve Pennaz Guided Trip – Steven Lamppa

Steve Quinn Guided Trip – Jerry Vicari, St. Cloud

Henry “Golden Boy” 22cal. Rifle – Steven Ruff

$500.00 Marine General Gift Certificate – Bonita Hansen, Staples

Lake Superior Fishing Charter – Mark Osvold, Cloquet

Aqua-Vu Camera – Mike Schultz, Esko

$300.00 Artistic Anglers Taxidermy Gift Certificate – Barb Lapka, Brainerd



Interested in sponsoring this event next year? 

Contact: Bernie Barringer, Tournament Director | (218) 820-8459 | berniebarringer@gmail.com



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Rachael Biggar


Craguns Resort
11000 Craguns Dr
Brainerd, MN 56401 United States
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