Al Lindner Invites Anglers to Fish or Help Sponsor Anglers in June Tourney – Minnesota Fishing Challenge


1-Day Event will Benefit Teens and Adults with Needs

Al Lindner asks, “How many angler tournaments test multi-species skills? One of the best is the Minnesota Fishing Challenge, where anglers can choose one of several species or go for the brass ring in the Sportech Mixed Bag event.”

Host Al Lindner says, “This is a crazy fun event. It’s held on Gull Lake near Brainerd, one of the state’s classic fish factories, but the best part is that anglers are giving back to the community. We’re raising funds for people facing alcohol and drug addictions. I know we can make a difference for boys, girls, men, women, and their families by raising funds for Minnesota Adult and Teen Challenge. We’re fishing to save lives.”

The Minnesota Fishing Challenge, presented by Mills Fleet Farm, will be held June 3 and 4, 2016, when fish of all species should be in metabolic overdrive in this region. Every contestant has many opportunities to succeed. For a team entry fee of $100, anglers can choose to compete for titles in various divisions, including Lindner Media Bass, Navillus Walleye, Nor-Son Pike, Nor-Son Panfish, and the aforementioned Sportech Mixed-Bag.

“Bunches of prizes are being offered,” says tournament Development Director, Jim Kalkofen. “The AquaVu Early Bird prizes for teams entered by April 8 include a Pasha Lake Camp deluxe fishing adventure in Ontario.” There will be some five AquaVu underwater viewing systems awarded, somebody will win a fishing trip with Steve Pennaz, host of Lake Commando TV, a 5-day stay at Sandy Bay Beach Resort at Gull Lake and more. Ten teams will win Rapala wind-shirt pullovers, and there’s more.


The top 10 teams in each division win great merchandise prizes, including rods, reels, tackle, trolling motors, ice shelters, guided fishing trips and much more. Flatline Outdoors will award five Mathews bows (by draw) to students in middle and high school. Other prizes include fishing trips with Al and Ron Lindner, Walleye Dan, and other top-notch anglers. In addition, Sea Foam will recognize 10 teams with a Second Chance award.

“Bag limits are kept low so everybody stays in contention all day,” says Kalkofen, adding, “The limit will be 3 walleyes, 3 bass, 3 panfish, 1 pike, and people can enter any or all of those divisions,” he added. Al Lindner said, “We want to maximize the number of teams to help with the fund raising. Last year we raised $250,000 to help teens and adults with problems, our goal this year is to raise $300,000.”

Register online at by April 8 to be eligible for the Early Bird awards. To support a favorite team with online giving, go to

For more information, contact Rachael Biggar by phone at 218-833-8764 or by email at