(As told by Sam’s dad, Doug) Fishing with his mom and me, Sam, above, hooked this once-in-a-lifetime lunker during an early-morning bass fishing trip near our cabin on Lake Pokegama. Once hooked, he had to wrestle it into the boat because he forgot the net at the dock. I was so excited, I forgot to measure the walleye before they took a photo and released it, but now I estimate it at about 32 inches. Who knows, without an official measure, it may grow into a 40-inch fish over time!


TJ Everson, 12, of Apple Valley caught and released this 28½-inch walleye on Lake of the Woods while trying to net his Grandpa’s northern pike. “Grandpa, I have something going on here, you’re going to have to take the net!” he said. The fish was TJ’s biggest walleye ever.



Greg and Lynette Hayes of Delano, along with Cheryl Nelson of Rockford, managed to boat these three lake trout simultaneously in a flurry of action on Lake Saganaga in June without tangling one-another. Not pictured, net and bait boy Mark Nelson, also of Rockford.

TROPHY TALES: To be considered for our fishing page, e-mail your photo and story to fishphoto@startribune.com. Identify anglers and where they live, and include a brief tale, including where and how it was caught. You can also post photos on Trophy Tales at startribune.com/outdoors.