September 14, 2017 02:21 PM
Fifty anglers took to Lake Mille Lacs Thursday looking to become the crème-de-la-crème of bass fishermen on a lake whose reputation for heavy small-mouth is gaining on its notoriety as a premier walleye fishery.
The four-day 2017 Toyota Angler of the Year Championship carries a $1 million purse as well as berths into next year's Bassmaster Classic series. Anglers launch Thursday, Friday and Sunday from Eddy's Resort on Mille Lacs at 6:50 a.m. and weigh-in at 3:45 p.m. at Grand Casino Mille Lacs, the event's host.
Anglers keep and enter their five biggest catches of the day.
Last year's champion was Minnesotan Seth Feider, who had the biggest three-day catch of daily five-bass limits of 25 pounds 8 ounces, 24 pounds 11 ounces and 26 pounds 2 ounces, according to a Bassmaster release.
Bassmaster in July named Mille Lacs the No. 1 bass lake in the country.
Organizers of this year's tournament will include a live telethon during television coverage as a fundraising campaign for hurricanes Harvey and Irma relief efforts.
Bassmaster is working with the nonprofits Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation and the Fish and Wildlife Foundation of Florida in the effort, according to a release. Bassmaster estimates more than 100,000 people will tune in via Bassmaster.com or WatchESPN for the weekend broadcasts.
Updated: September 14, 2017 02:21 PM
Created: September 14, 2017 11:33 AM
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