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SE Fishing Derby takes place with restrictions

SLEEPY EYE — Edward Lund of Franklin cut an ice fishing hole with his power auger on Sleepy Eye Lake Sunday as the Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club 39th Annual Fishing Derby took place with restrictions.

“I fish any chance I can get. It’s my first time fishing in this tournament, “ Lund said. He brought along a friend Levi Kerkhoff of Morgan, who also fished.

The event was limited to 250 registered individuals due to COVID-19 guidelines. Fishing enthusiasts were able to use portable or larger ice fishing houses and bring their own ATVs and side by side vehicles.

Non-registered fishermen were able to participate in the event’s many raffles and fish on their own on the lake. Due to COVID, food was not served on the lake.

Face masks and six foot distancing were required.

Many prizes were awarded including a 2020 Ice Castle Stinger Fish House, cash, Hummingbird Helix fish finder, Mr. Heater Big Buddy heater, Strike Master 40V ice auger, gift cards and many more prizes.

Proceeds went to the Sleepy Eye Sportsmen’s Club, a 501c3 non-profit organization that works with all citizens to help preserve natural and renewable resources. The club promotes fishing, casting, trapshooting, archery and other activities that further good sportsmanship.

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