Joe Gleason, 8, of Monticello, caught this 28 1/2-inch walleye on Rabbit Lake in Cuyuna, using a fathead with a slip bobber. After it hit, it ran twice before Joe was able to get it close enough to net. The fish was released, but a replica is being made.

 

20 minutes of chaos

(As told by husband, Mark)

My wife, Cheryl, caught and released this 31½-inch walleye on Lake Saganaga. In about 20 minutes of chaos, I caught and released a 29½-inch walleye, re-casted my slip bobber, pulled anchors and netted Cheryl’s fish. On medium-action spinning gear with 6-pound test line, these big walleyes almost always make three or four runs before you get your first look at them. It’s really quite thrilling. While dealing with Cheryl’s fish, a small northern took my rig. And a smallie took Cheryl’s leach as it hung out the front of the boat while she waited to net my fish. Fun!

One happy kid

Anja McDermid, 9, of Jamestown, N.D., caught this 28-inch walleye— almost as long as she is tall — at Arneson’s Rocky Point Resort on Lake of the Woods. Anja wanted to keep her fish, but when it was explained that a fish this size would be filled with fish eggs and needed to be released to restock the lake, Anja cheerfully waved goodbye to her catch and told the fish to make lots of grandchildren.

Trophy tales

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