Fishing to End Hunger attracts more than 100 anglers

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Walleye Dan Eigen releases boats at 8 a.m. during the Oct. 5 Fishing to End Hunger tournament on Gull Lake. Submitted Photo.

The seventh annual Fishing to End Hunger WalleyeDan Tournament was held Saturday, Oct. 5, on Gull Lake with more than 100 anglers.

This fundraiser was created in 2013 to benefit Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area. On Oct. 5, 103 boats, consisting of two fishermen per boat, launched from Bar Harbor Supper Club at 8 a.m. to take to the waters of the Gull Lake Chain in hopes of bagging five walleyes.

The weather conditions were quite brutal, including rain, sleet and strong winds. But that didn’t stop the fishing. At the end of the competition, 61 boats registered fish. The tournament is a walleye catch-and-release tournament.


  • First place: Bob Steinhoff and Ryan Czech, $15,000, total weight 17.48 pounds (five fish).
  • Second place: Garry Dombrock and Dane Brown, $5,000, total weight 16.5 pounds (five fish).
  • Third place: Ray Rasinski and Rob Rasinski, $2,500, total weight 15.46 pounds (five fish).

Along with the tournament, fundraising initiatives included a fish house raffle, 50/50 raffle, a big fish contest, fisherman fundraising and sponsorships. This is the largest fundraising event for Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes Area and requires approximately 100 volunteers putting in approximately 640 hours to make this event a success.
Scott Widor, St. Cloud, won the Ice Castle fish house.


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Shawn Hansen, executive director of Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes area, said in a news release: "With the love and generosity of the fishing community, the help of our sponsors and volunteers, the 2019 Fishing To End Hunger WalleyeDan Tournament will be our best fundraising of the seven years we’ve hosted the tournament. We look forward to being able to pack over 250,000 meals at our facility in Nisswa.”

Kids Against Hunger-Brainerd Lakes area’s mission is to feed families around the world and around the corner.

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Walleyedan Dan Eigen on stage with Shawn Hansen, executive director of Kids Against Hunger Brainerd Lakes Area. Submitted Photo

Travis Grimler began work at the Echo Journal Jan. 2 of 2013 while the publication was still split in two as the Pine River Journal and Lake Country Echo. He is a full time reporter/photographer/videographer for the paper and operates primarily out of the northern stretch of the coverage area (Hackensack to Jenkins).
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