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Continued: Anderson: Fishing at Ontario resort offers chance for walleye diplomacy

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: July 9, 2013 - 1:28 AM

Tying on a leader, and snapping on a deep-running, chartreuse Shad Rap, I threw the bait to the stern while Izzy put his boat in gear.

“Crank it up to about 6 miles an hour,” I said. “Until you see a wake.”

He did, and only about 30 seconds passed before a violent strike nearly tore my rod from my hands, a fish whose power belied its fairly modest size, about 32 inches.

That fish was released, and again Izzy throttled up his outboard. Again only a short time passed before another northern hit my bait, this one larger.

“Want one of these?” I said, and handed Mike a similar lure. Soon he, too, had a fish on, and another, and I also.

That evening, after we’d eaten supper, and amid the incandescent twilight common to northern climes in summer at dusk, Mike, Brian and Bill cast from the lodge’s dock, hoping for just one more walleye, their fish of choice.

Walleyes had brought them to Oak Lake, after all, as they have other anglers this summer, and workers also — binding one to another, however different they might otherwise be.

Dennis Anderson • danderson@startribune.com



 

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