MAGWED fishing tournament this weekend

—Submitted photo Jeff Burke (left) and Jeff Woods (right) stand with the trophies for the youth and adult divisions of the MAGWED fishing tournament.

The MAGWED Foundation will host its 42nd annual fishing tournament on Saturday, May 6, at Triggs Resort, Linden Drive and Arnolds Park in Okoboji.

The competition begins with the opening of walleye season at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday morning. It continues until the weigh-in between 4 and 6 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Prizes are awarded for largest walleye, largest northern pike and largest bass (small or large-mouth), in both the youth and adult divisions.

Fishermen age 15 and under are eligible for the youth class. Trophies will be handed out for the youth division, but all kids under the age of 16 will receive a prize.

Fish from the following lakes qualify for the contest: East and West Okoboji, Big and Little Spirit Lake, Minnewashta, and Upper and Lower Gar. All walleye between 17 and 22 inches must be immediately released.

Food and beverages are available to all participants. Plaques and prizes are presented to all winners, and many door prizes are given throughout the weigh-in session.

Any subscriber to The Messenger is eligible to participate, along with residents from Webster, Wright, Hamilton, Humboldt, Calhoun, Pocahontas, Kossuth and Palo Alto counties. School districts of Albert City, Buena Vista County, Sac City and Sac County are also welcome to enter.

The MAGWED Foundation is not affiliated with any organization.

All Iowa Department of Natural Resources regulations must be followed.