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Continued: Anderson: At sunrise or sunset, Lake of the Woods calls

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 11, 2014 - 7:01 AM

The night was clear and warm, and the lake mirror-flat.

When we arrived, we found Charlie in the lodge, asleep in a chair, C-Span on the TV.

Suspecting that scoundrels inhabit Washington disproportionately, Charlie wants to keep track of them.

This was well after midnight, and we had snugged the boat to the dock as a storm gathered in the west.

Muffled in the distance, a diesel generator powered the resort’s lights.

Charlie extended a hand. “You made it,’’ he said.

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Heavy rain fell intermittently the next day, and for the most part we were confined to the cabin. Also Cole wasn’t feeling well, and when I finally went fishing, after supper, I was alone.

I knew a spot where walleyes hung out, and had time to kill before I would cast for muskies. So I settled the boat alongside a pair of small islands and soon was dragging a sliding-sinker rig and a minnow in 18 feet of water.

Only a few minutes passed before I had a dandy walleye in hand, 18 inches. A few minutes more, and I had a second keeper, my daily limit.

I wasn’t far from Big Narrows. So I motored back for Jan, and soon she also had her walleye limit in the live well, along with a 12-inch crappie and a jumbo perch.

This was about 9 o’clock, and the setting sun bled the western horizon orange.

“I should check on Cole,’’ Jan said.

“Ten casts for muskies and we’ll go in,’’ I said.

We moved the boat a short distance. Then I clipped on a Muskie Safari creeper bait and tossed the hulking lure to an island point where the boys and I had caught muskies previously.

A big fish followed, hot. But I couldn’t hook him.

The same fish followed a second time.

On my third cast, boatside, he bit.

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