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Fishing: Walleye tournament Sunday on Mille Lacs

The Anglers Insight Marketing (AIM) Weekend Walleye Series (WWS) Alumacraft Open is scheduled Sunday on Mille Lacs Lake.

Boats will take off from the Red Door Resort in Aitkin at 7:30 a.m. and return at 3:30 p.m. An awards ceremony will take place at 5:30 p.m.

Registration is closed. Ninety-seven boats have entered the event.

With water temperatures warming into the upper 50s, the bite is improving.

“You are going to see a mix of everything from rigging, to bobbers, to cranks,” Steve Kulifaj, owner of the Red Door Resort, said in a news release. “Most of the fish being caught right now are pretty deep and we are seeing lots of fish in the 20- to 26-inch range. As of a week ago, there were reports of fish that were still spawning.”

Yamaha Pro Ross Grothe and his 7-year-old son Reid hope to take advantage of fishing Mille Lacs since the lake’s 18- to 20-inch state imposed slot limit won’t be in play.

“I love the AIM format of catch-record-release, Grothe said. “We don’t have to worry about which size fish we can and can’t keep.

“I’m so grateful that Yamaha is backing the . . . Series, giving me the opportunity to fish with my son.”

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