Anderson, a man who once caught and released an 18-pound northern pike on East Leaf so others might enjoy the thrill of catching it, was a friendly, outgoing man who enjoyed time with his sons during both working hours and his free time.
One tournament contestant said Saturday the Andersons have always been a family that “would give you the shirt of their backs.”
Anderson and his family lived in Wadena for 30 years before moving to East Leaf.
Saturday’s inaugural fishing derby drew 23 two-person teams. The winning team, Trustie, consisted of Britne Anderson, Calvin’s daughter-in-law, and her son Steven Forcier, who came up after three hours of fishing with 17.69 pounds of fish. Forcier caught two northern pike that weighed 4.75 pounds apiece to win the Ultimate Fisherman prize.
Placing second in the tournament was Team Windsor, which paired Todd Plautz with Kristi Wanner. The duo brought in 12.65 pounds of fish.
Breezy and sunny weather conditions greeted the anglers at 4 p.m. but the wind died down by the time the tournament wrapped up at 7 p.m.
It was a great tribute to my dad,” Luke Anderson said.
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