Winners Announced in Walleye & Bass Divisions at ALS Fishing Tournament

Updated: June 01, 2019 10:47 PM

Calm, sunny weather brought a competitive group to Island Lake for the 24th Annual Kolar Toyota ALS Fishing Tournament on Saturday. 

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The Duluth duo of Bill Lounsberry and Jim Busker brought home the walleye title. The pair's six walleyes weighed in at 10.43 pounds to top a group of 300 anglers competing and raising funds to fight Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

Jason Schrupp and Josh Fankhanel managed to reel in the day's biggest walleye, tipping the scales at 2.27 pounds.

In the bass portion of the tournament, Mike Lebsack and Chad Mehlum of Duluth were victorious with a basket of bass weighing 16.45 pounds. They also caught the single biggest fish of the day, a 4.17 pound bass.

"We're super excited to have the opportunity to be out here on this beautiful day, fishing for a great cause and raising a bunch of money for ALS. Catching a big basket of fish was just icing on the cake, " said Lebsack.

The event has raised more than three million dollars to fight ALS over the tournament's 24 years. This year's event has raised over $165,000. 

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