Today’s trophy tales

Derek Kamnikar, Burnsville • 41-inch flathead catfish • Mississippi River

After several hours of night fishing near Red Wing earlier this month, Derek Kamnikar and his father, Brian, decided to try one more spot. Around 1 a.m., after only five minutes at the new spot, Derek caught this personal best: a 41-inch, 35-pounder.

Old school

8-year old Lilian Lien of St. Paul caught this 26-inch walleye using a night crawler while fishing last week with her father, Jason Lien, at Ludlow’s Island Resort on Lake Vermilion.


Worth the effort

Paxton Buelow of Arvada, Colo., had sore wrists and a big smile after a five-minute battle with this 35-inch northern on the Mantrap chain. He used a firetiger jig tipped with a leech. Paxton’s grandfather, Neil, helped with the net, then the catch was released.


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