Up North: Anglers Continue Fishing to Help Fight Against ALS

Updated: June 06, 2018 11:25 PM

There really was no way to prepare for the weather at the 23rd Annual Kolar Toyota ALS Walleye Tournament on Island Lake. Once the afternoon hit, so did Mother Nature creating some miserably wet, cold, and windy conditions; but the fish were biting.

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"We caught a lot of fish just no big ones," said David Bolt of Minneapolis. "We caught a couple Northerns a couple small mouths. We caught a bunch of little bitty walleyes, just no big ones," he added.

"The fish bit the best when it was raining sideways, 40 mph winds as hard as it possibly could. We were catching the fish about every five minutes and we fished deep, deeper than most of the anglers out here," said Dustin Carlson of Hermantown.

Braving the elements paid off for the duo of Carlson and Scott Davis who topped the field of over 300 anglers bringing in six walleye weighing just over 15 pounds.

"The weather was tough," said Davis. "We figured they wouldn't be up in the shallows so we wanted to go out there and try something different. Nobody else was there and it was worth it."

Even for Don Lilyquist, who was attending his 23rd tournament, can't remember a time when the weather was as bad as it was on Saturday.

"We've never had this bad of weather," said Lilyquist. "It's a great program and if I'm able to I'll be here next year too."

However, anglers said they could tolerate just about any weather thrown at them to help support the cause of fighting ALS.

"I think the reputation of the tournament speaks for itself that we get reoccurring people that try to help fight this cause. You can especially see the dedication on a day like today," said Ryan Ruth of Duluth.

The hope of this tournament is to continue to fight until a cure is found to end this disease.

This year's tournament raised $231,500 in the fight against ALS.

For tournament results click here.

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