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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

Jan was reading a book.

“I might need some help,’’ I said.

Very little of the evening’s half-light remained when we pulled up to the dock.

Cole was waiting.

“Caught one,’’ I said. “45 inches.’’

“Let’s go back out,’’ Cole said.

Slapping mosquitoes, Jan said, “Not me.’’

Through narrow passageways toward a broad reef that last year produced a good muskie for us, Cole and I ran for perhaps 15 minutes. Then we flipped down the bow trolling motor and peppered the darkened shore; Cole with a Dreammaker, and I with the creeper.

My second muskie of the night gobbled my bait perhaps 30 yards from the boat. This fish was shorter, 41 inches, but thick and powerful, and when Cole netted it, and released it, the pines on the distant shore were backlit by an ever-so-faint luminescence.

This wasn’t many hours before sunrise, that other best time of the day on Lake of the Woods, when we would be back on the water, casting.

 

Dennis Anderson • danderson@startribune.com



 

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