46th Annual MAGWED Fishing Event This Saturday | News, Sports, Jobs

—Submitted photo MAGWED members (L to R) Gary Northrop, Chase Almond, Jeff Wood and Allen Angstrom show off some of the prizes on offer at this year’s 46th Annual Tournament in Okoboji.

OKOBOJI — A sense of normalcy returns to a centuries-old Iowa outdoor tradition this weekend at Triggs Bay Resort and Arnolds Park.

The 46th Annual MAGWED Fishing Tournament brings back both its regular schedule and slate of field activities starting at 12:01 a.m. here this Saturday morning. The weigh-ins take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday evening.

Prizes will be awarded for the biggest walleye, biggest pike and biggest bass (small or largemouth) in the youth and adult categories. The youth category – 15 and under – will also feature greater panfish competition for the first time this year to cover crappie, perch, bluegill, yellow bass and pumpkinseed.

“All the children present receive a prize” said MAGWED President Jerod Dencklau of Moorland. “We have tents, bags of books, balls, fishing rods…a bit of everything. It’s been a family experience and youth-focused event for as long as I can remember, and we still want it to continue.

“As long as the kids are happy and having fun outdoors, that’s our ultimate goal.”

Fish from the following lakes qualify for the contest: East and West Okoboji, Big and Little Spirit Lake, Minnewashta and Upper Lower Gar. All walleyes between 19 and 25 inches must be released immediately.

DNR rules and regulations will be followed. There is no registration or cost to enter.

“We really emphasize the Iowa DNR page and the rulebook,” said Dencklau, who is in his 15th year of involvement with MAGWED. “We want everyone to have fun and enjoy what looks like a very nice forecast (temperature forecast around 70 degrees).

“After the past two years, dealing with COVID, weather issues and more, we just hope for the best and see strong turnout. All food, door prizes and everything else will be offered as before.

MAGWED was started by Messenger sportswriter Bob Brown in 1976.

“We would like to thank all our sponsors” Dencklau said. “Last year, due to strict distancing rules and COVID, we didn’t ask for anything (from companies and donors). We weren’t sure how it would go (in preparation for the 2022 event) , but the region has been incredibly supportive. We greatly appreciate the response and the ability to maintain this.

For more information, please contact Dencklau via email at magwed@outlook.com

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