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Gale force winds, torrential rainfall and stifling heat did not enter the 33rd Annual 4-Lakes Forward Lake Thompson Walleye Tournament. For the past few years, extreme weather has been the norm, but this time, Mother Nature broke the trend. Except for a few sprinkles on Sunday afternoon, the weekend weather was fantastic for the sixty-six teams that participated. The teams weighed 910 pounds of walleye, with many fish over 20 inches being caught.

Fishermen had success casting the shallows, trolling crankbaits and fishing with live bait. Most teams were able to bring fish to the scale both days. Last year’s event was cut short due to high winds, which created a boon to this year’s large fish contest, as the payout was carried over.

On Saturday, Jay Jensen and Nolan Wolkow brought in a 7.61-pound fish, and on Sunday, Blake and Troy Barber brought in a 5.74-pound fish. Each team made over $900 on the daily big fish prize.

The two-day tournament paid out for the top basket each day in addition to the total weight for both days. Prairie Ag sponsored the first day big basket, and $250 went to Jacob Pohlmann and Tanner Burkman. First National Bank sponsored the second day big basket with $250 going to Blake and Troy Barber. Dave Gilbert and Dave Thompson placed in spot 33 and won free entry into next year’s event in honor of the 33rd event.

The top eight teams received awards for total weight of both days.

8th Place: Josh Kloos and Jason Pickrel (20.13 pounds)

7th Place: Seth Lubbers and Jordan Slusser (20.54 pounds)

6th Place: Cory Kerns and Shawn Hawks (21.34 pounds)

5th Place: Aaron Sanderson and Bill Perkins (21.72 pounds)

4th Place: Carter Borchardt and Mason Barber (21.94 pounds)

3rd Place: Cory Rost and Tyler Ladd (22.61 pounds)

2nd Place: Blake Barber and Troy Barber (25.16 pounds)

1st Place: Jacob Pohlmann and Tanner Burkman (28.86 pounds)

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