Spencer Man Bags $1,600 for Walleye

Brad Mullin of Cedar Rapids, a member of the Hawkeye Fly Fishing Association, casts for trout in McLoud Run just north of J Avenue in NE Cedar Rapids on Thursday, November 2, 2006. McLoud Run is Iowa's only urban trout stream, supporting brown, rainbow and brook trout and is open all year to catch and release fishing.

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By Rachel Begle

SPENCER, Iowa (AP) - A Spencer man has caught a $1,600 walleye on Big Spirit Lake in northern Iowa.

Joe Larson caught a tagged fish that was part of a contest sponsored by the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce.

In early May, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources released six tagged walleye in Big Spirit Lake, West Lake Okoboji and East Lake Okoboji for the contest. For anglers who paid $15 and registered for the extended contest, there's still a chance to win some money for catching one of the tagged fish up until Sept. 1.

Larson caught his fish Thursday and the Chamber of Commerce released details on Tuesday.

Proceeds from the Great Walleye Weekend contest go to the Easter Seals of Iowa.

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