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Wadena grad wins fishing contest on Otter Tail

Tyler Wolden, from Wadena, and Nate Leninger, of Miltona, won the AIM Weekend Walleye Series Warrior Boats/Kovash Marine Open July 10.

Wadena-Deer Creek grad Tyler Wolden recently won a large walleye tournament with his fishing partner on Otter Tail Lake.

Practice made perfect, the 2005 WDC grad said. He spent summers learning to fish on Otter Tail Lake so it was like a homecoming to be back on that lake to win his first tournament.

"I played sports in high school and college and after graduating I really missed the competitiveness," he said.

During the first few tournaments, Wolden said he did everything wrong but that pushed him to continue entering tournaments and challenging himself.

"Ever since, I've just been building more and more and I'm been fortunate to be in the AIM Walleye Series now," Wolden said.

Wolden, who now lives in Miltona, and his fishing partner Nate Leninger, also of Miltona, won the AIM Weekend Walleye Series Warrior Boats/Kovash Marine Open July 10 with 23.96 pounds of walleye.

The tournament was on a Sunday so Wolden and Leninger went out the night before to find a good spot. The first fish they caught was shallow but then the wind died down and that's when walleye go deep, Wolden said.

"The lake looked like glass and we knew we had to go deep," he said.

Then the fish started coming in and they had a feeling they were doing well. Their hard work paid off.

Wolden thinks part of their success came from their experience fishing Otter Tail Lake since childhood.

The next tournament for Wolden will be the AIM Weekend Walleye Series will be the Minnesota Division Championship, Aug. 26-27, sponsored by Mercury Marine.

Anna Erickson
Anna Erickson is editor of the Wadena Pioneer Journal.
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