Trophy Tales: Aunt Bette finally lands her trophy walleye

  • Article by: Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 25, 2014 - 7:23 AM

Aunt Bette, at age 75, finally caught the trophy walleye she has been fishing for all of her life


Bette Bryan, 75, of Chanhassen with a 30-inch walleye she caught and released this month on Lake of the Woods.

Bette Bryan, Chanhassen

30-inch walleye Lake of the Woods (As told by nephew Steve Pederson of Eden Prairie)

My Aunt Bette, at age 75, finally caught the trophy walleye she has been fishing for all of her life. She has a trailer on the south side of Lake of the Woods and for years has watched her fishing buddies pulling in the big ones...but not her. So earlier this month, on Archie’s Reef in the middle of Big Traverse Bay, she caught this 10-pound, 30-inch beauty on a gold spinner and minnow in 22 feet of water. We released this healthy female and Bette is going to get a mount made from this picture. Great job Bette!


Mell Koenig, 80, of Alexandria finally caught his lunker walleye -- a 29.5-incher that weighed 9 1/2 pounds. He was fishing on Lake Le Homme Dieu in about 20 feet of water using a leach. It was released so another lucky angler can enjoy the catch.

Khloe Knudson, 5, of Andover, caught this 9 ½-inch sunfish on a night crawler on Lake Peltier in Lino Lakes while fishing with Grandpa Don Nyland of Blaine. "She could barely reel the fish in because it fought so hard!'' said Grandma Patty Nyland.

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