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FISHING: Kraus-Anderson classic back in Bemidji

BEMIDJI -- The Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic will return this weekend, an annual event that routinely brings more than 1,000 people to Bemidji's waterfront.

The 14th annual Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic presented by Seven Clans Casinos is a competitive, live-release walleye fishing tournament that will be held on Saturday in Lake Bemidji and Lake Irving. A total of 100, two-person teams will compete for more than $60,000 in cash and prizes, including the first prize purse of $12,500. The event is the largest payout for a team walleye tournament in Minnesota. Anglers will hit the water at 7 a.m., with weigh-ins starting at 3:30 p.m. at the Lake Bemidji Waterfront.

There also will be activities Friday night as well, as the ever-popular boat parade will start at 5 p.m., organizers said. There will be family activities all day Saturday, with food courts and there also is a raffle for a new Lund/Mercury boat package from Corner Sports of Bemidji.

Last year's champions were Carl Knutson and Brad Davis.

The event also serves as a fundraiser for various Bemidji-area nonprofit agencies and programs such as Fishing Has No Boundaries, Take a Kid Fishing, Let's Go Fishing, local Scouts groups, as well as youth sports, Special Olympics and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources area fisheries projects, organizers said.

Since it was established in 2001, the Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic has raised more than $500,000, organizers said.