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.

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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.