Members of the Twin Cities Boys and Girls Club fished on Lake Minnetonka during the 46th annual Minnesota Bounty Crappie Contest on Saturday.

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Essence Watkins waited to get a minnow on her pole as she fished with the Boys and Girls Club.

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Austin Fields made a cast while fishing with Boys and Girls Club members during the Minnesota Bounty Crappie Contest on Lake Minnetonka.

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Crappie Contest on Lake Minnetonka gets a head start

  • May 3, 2014 - 9:34 PM

Anglers wanting to get a jump on the fishing season gathered Saturday on Lake Minnetonka for the Minnesota Bound Crappie Contest.

The sun shone, the wind blew — and the fish were biting, as boatloads of anglers competed for the grand prize of a new boat, motor and trailer, with a trolling motor and gift cards also at stake.

Michael Estrem, 13, of Tonka Bay, won the grand prize. His fish, weighing .96 pounds, was closest to the secret weight of .97.

Jim Meyer, Chanhassen, was the adult with the biggest crappie, 1.61 pounds.


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