High school fishing league making waves statewide

Non-traditional high school sports like trap shooting and archery have grown exponentially the past half-decade and the relatively new high school fishing league is making waves across the state and here locally.

The Detroit Lakes high school fishing team photo will be much larger this year as the team doubled participation numbers after only one season on the water. Submitted photo

The Detroit Lakes high school fishing team photo will be much larger this year as the team doubled participation numbers after only one season on the water. Submitted photo

William Knoop was awarded DL's Angler of the Year in 2018.

William Knoop was awarded DL's Angler of the Year in 2018.

Jack Hines, pictured, and his partner Beau Boehne fished the SATT and qualified for the Tournament of Champions in 2018.

Jack Hines, pictured, and his partner Beau Boehne fished the SATT and qualified for the Tournament of Champions in 2018.

The Detroit Lakes team begins its second season in late May and will do so with more than 40 anglers, up from 22 that participated last year, according to head coach Ryan Ziegler.

Ziegler started the team himself and after an initial parent meeting a board was formed. Ziegler had connections with the Brainerd team and received assistance on how to proceed through legalities and start-up issues.

“Brainerd was a big help in getting this going and they are willing to step up to help anybody get going across the state,” said Ziegler. “We’re just always trying to get more kids. If we double again next year it’s going to be amazing.”

The growth potential exists. Brainerd has upwards of 150 kids on their team. With a smaller area here, that is an unlikely number to hit but matching the growth ratio each year is definitely possible. 

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