Trophy tales: A six-year-old's first walleye

  • Updated: June 26, 2013 - 7:57 AM
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Claire Dagel, 6, of Astoria, S.D., caught her first walleye, a 21-inch dandy, on her "Barbie" pole with a 4-pound test line. Holding her fish is grandpa Keith Hartmann of Fairmont, Minn. Claire caught the fish on West Lost Lake in Otter Tail County.

 

Claire Dagel, 6, of Astoria, S.D., caught her first walleye, a 21-inch dandy, on her “Barbie” pole with a 4-pound test line. Holding her fish is grandpa Keith Hartmann of Fairmont, Minn.

Claire caught the fish on West Lost Lake in Otter Tail County.

Sarah Zwagerman draws some onlookers

As told by her husband Nathan: “We were fishing for bass and northerns, and had caught a few of each, when Sarah caught this muskie shortly before sunset. When she hooked it, she said: ‘Honey, a little help here!’ She had caught a 44-inch muskie on Lake Mille Lacs a few years ago, but this was the first one since we had a couple of kids, which really cut down on her fishing time. It was about a four-minute fight, with people in other boats taking pictures and watching. The fish made three runs as she struggled to land it on a medium-action rod and 10-pound test line. She caught it on an Rapala X-Rap, and released it. It was a perfect evening on the lake.”

 

Last Call on Cedar Lake

Zach Hartley of Minneapolis caught this 38-inch northern on Cedar Lake in Wright County. "I was catching largemouth bass in about 8-feet of water off a weed line, using a jig and fake minnow with 8-pound test line. We were leaving in 10 minutes, and I thought a huge bass or walleye hit my line. I was surprised when I got this to the boat. We took photos and released it.''

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