Today’s trophy tales

Chris Dahl, Cologne • 54-inch muskie • Lake Minnetonka

At 8 a.m. of the first day (June 2) of the muskie season, Dahl caught this muskie in 20 feet of water off a deep weed line. After three casts with a Dagon Lure (made in Cologne, Minn., by his neighbor Tim Swanson), the fish took the crank bait. Steve Agrimson, of Chaska, was able to net it. After it was released, the fish made a big splash and drenched everyone in the boat.

Worth the wait: Bill Walsh, of Minnetrista, caught and released this 29-inch walleye on the mud flats of Lake Mille Lacs on Friday. Using a Lindy rig and leech, he got his personal-best walleye into the boat after a 10-minute fight.

Pre-school: On an early-morning outing before school, 8-year-old Mary Jane Stephens of Wayzata hooked this 33-inch northern pike on Lake Minnetonka. Her grandfather, Lee Harren, of Orono, helped her net the fish.

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