OTTER TAIL, MN — In just two years, the Heart O' Lakes Fishing League has grown by leaps and bounds.
That's best exemplified with first-ever championship event at Otter Tail Lake Saturday morning.
Fergus Falls took home the inaugural crown with a total of 50 points.
"It means a lot," said Ethan Danner of Fergus Falls. "It's cool to take home the first-ever championship and to see and represent Fergus Falls."
Anglers from 19 different schools took to the water, in a four-and-a-half-hour catch-and-release style competition.
The competitors ranged from beginners to experienced, but most are simply looking to enjoy themselves and see improvement.
"It's fun because it's a competition," said Wadena angler Maddie Gallant, who was fishing with her father and a friend. "I just want to get better and catch more fish."
This was the fifth and final event of the season.
Barnesville finished as runners-up, with the teams from Perham, Breckenridge, Detroit Lakes and Hawley finishing in the top six.