Trophy Tales

A weekly look at anglers and their memorable catches. 


Sophia Bell, of New Prague, caught this 39-inch northern on Lower Cullen Lake near Nisswa. She used a spinner bait and was able to get it in a net after about five minutes. She released the catch.
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Carolyn Wick, of Maple Grove, caught this 18-inch smallmouth bass on Lake Hubert, with her grandson Myles looking on.
Shelly Nyland-Olson, of Coon Rapids, caught and released this 11-inch bluegill on Lake Miltona near Alexandria. She used a Kenders pink wonder-bread tungsten jig.
Liv Pearson, of Minneapolis, caught this walleye by trolling a minnow on Lake Vermilion.
Ryan Ryshavy, of St. Louis Park, caught this muskie — his first muskie — on Lake Vermilion using an 8-pound test line.
Annie Corcoran, of Minneapolis, will turn 3 next month. She caught this bluegill on White Bear Lake fishing off a dock with her grandfather Lloyd Kepple. She released the catch.
Phillip Kohl, 9, of Minneapolis, caught this 25-inch north trolling a Rappala on Birch Lake.
Sophia Maliske, 11, of Mandan, N.D., caught her first walleye while fishing on Grace Lake near Bemidji. Maliske, who was fishing with her grandparents Kent and Barb Nelson, of Sartell, used a Lindy rig with a minnow.
John Ostdiek and Kristina Ostdiek, from Golden Valley, each caught a bass on Sugar Lake in Annandale. They used nightcrawlers and released the fish.
Mike Larson, of Brooklyn Center, caught this 32-pound flathead catfish on the Minnesota River.
Rory Ryan, 6, of Minneapolis caught this 28-inch northern pike while fishing with his grandpa on Pike Lake near Grand Marias. He was using a leech and slip bobber.
5FICharlie Baumgardner, of Edina, caught this 6-pound northern on Burntside Lake using a Rapala F07S lure.
Andy Gustafson, of Stillwater, was trolling for walleyes near the Northwest Angle when he caught this 43-inch northern.
David Zwack caught this 16.4-pound lake trout on Lake Michigan while fishing on a charter out of Kewaunee, Wis. 
Neil Stock of Savage, left, held the 32-inch walleye he caught on a Hubbard County lake earlier this month while fishing with his father-in-law Dick Christiana, of Rochester. He used a Lindy rig and a leech to make the catch, which was released.
Charlie Huss, 6, of St. Paul, caught this 9-pound catfish while fishing with his father, John Huss, on the St. Croix River at Afton State Park. Charlie used a nightcrawler.
Dan Sundboom, of Chanhassen, caught this 28-inch walleye in 16 feet of water on Gull Lake, using a sucker minnow. Joe Berg, of Minneapolis, right, helped with the net.
Gavin Eller, 7, of Andover caught this 10-inch sunfish while fishing with his father, Daniel Eller, on a western Wisconsin lake.
Doug Killian, of Lake Elmo, caught this 3-pound largemouth bass on Tea Lake in northern Wisconsin after it smashed his jitterbug by lilly pads in a foot of water. The catch was released.
Sierra Gray, 12, of Minnetonka, caught this muskie on Lake Minnetonka during her birthday party. With no net handy, she secured her catch with her bare hands.
Carli Jerpseth, of Brooklyn Park, used a jig to catch this walleye on Lake of the Woods.
Emma Rutherford, of Rogers, caught this 24-inch walleye with a little help from her father, Tyler Rutherford, on a central Minnesota lake on July 4. She used a jig and leech.
Heidi Bauman and Valentina Bauman, of Shorewood, were about to call it a day when they caught these northerns — one 27 inches, the other 34 — using silver and black crank baits on the western shore of Lake Minnewashta.
Kenneth Johnson, of Forest Lake, was fishing for bass on Forest Lake, when he caught this northern. It was released.
Kara Hoag, of Maple Grove, caught this largemouth bass on Palmer Lake in Hubbard County.
Keith Van Liere, of Eden Prairie, caught this 43-inch muskie on Lac Seul in northwestern Ontario, Canada.
Steve Frawley, of Lake Shore, Minn., caught this 33-inch northern off his dock on a sucker minnow after a 10-minute battle on the Gull Chain of Lakes. It was released.
Deegan Sorensen, of Minnetonka, and his grandfather, Dave Sorensen of Excelsior, show a 4.4-pound largemouth bass. It was Deegan’s first fish. 
Clara Blasberg, 7, caught this largemouth bass on Lake Harriet, while visiting her grandparents from Citrus Heights, Calif. She later caught two pumpkinseeds to add to her first-ever catch.
Nancy Weidenfeller, of Minneapolis, showed the 34-inch northern she caught on Lake St. Joseph in Ontario.
McKenna Beaumia, 10, of Minnetonka, showed her brother Kellan, 5, the 14-inch bass she caught on Duck Lake in Hubbard County. The bass was released.
Tom Wetzell, of Cleveland, Minn., showed the 36-inch northern he caught on Lake St. Joseph in Ontario.
Judy Ruff, of Coon Rapids, caught this northern on Blackhoof Lake in Crow Wing County, trolling with yellow and green spinner bait just off the weed line.
Graham Fox-Vandergon, age 6, caught and released this 19 1/2-inch largemouth Bass on a small lake in Cass County.
Mark Newell from Bemidji caught this 30-inch walleye using a Leech on Pokegama Lake at Grand Rapids.
Eddie Inman, right, age 3, from Edina, caught this 10” crappie from the dock at his family’s lake home on Lake Minnewawa. He used a worm that he dug from his Grammy’s garden. He also caught bass, sunnies, and northerns that day. Also pictured is his cousin Art, left, and grandfather. 
Seven-year old Evie Prince, of Big Lake, caught and released this nice largemouth bass off the dock on Lawrence Lake with her Barbie rod and reel. The hand in the photo belongs to her cousin David Matz. 
Alex Hinrichs, age 12, of Minneapolis, caught this 23-inch walleye at Lake Vermilion using a bobber and leech. It was released.
Jerry Walerak of Eagan caught this 40-inch, 21-pound northern on Lake Mille Lacs using a No. 9 Rapala Shadow Rap with 8 pound line. It is his personal best. 
Charles Lee, of Golden Valley, caught this 35-inch muskie on Leech Lake trolling a Rapala F11 Original Floater with 6-pound-test line. It was his first muskie.
Leo Bauman, of Rosemount, caught this 36-inch northern while fishing for walleyes on Red Lake. He caught it on 6-pound-test line using a jig.
Jake Theis, of Minneapolis, caught this 29-inch walleye on a Cass County lake, using a leech.
Leon Bailey Thomas, of Minneapolis, caught this largemouth bass on his first cast at his great-grandparents’ cabin in Wisconsin.
Luke Thomas, of Chanhassen, caught this 2-pound largemouth bass fishing from a dock on Lake Ann.
Jeffrey Engene, of Monticello, caught this 20-inch smallmouth bass on the Mississippi River using a nightcrawler and jig.
Aaron Welter, of Ham Lake, caught this 24-inch walleye on Devils Lake in North Dakota, using a slip bobber and leech.
Abraham Seys, 4 1/2, of Minneapolis, caught this sunfish while fishing with his grandfather earlier this month on Madison Lake in Blue Earth County. He used waxworms.
Dwight Carlson, 90, of Battle Lake, Minn., caught this 38-inch northern while trolling a crankbait on West Battle Lake.
Jacob Rose, 10, of Stillwater, caught this 30-inch freshwater drum on the upper St. Croix River using a chartreuse jig and a nightcrawler. After taking five minutes to reel it in, he released the catch.
Laurel Berglund, 6, of Eden Prairie, caught this 19-inch largemouth bass with some help from her cousin Brooks Bartholomay and using a kid’s rod. They were on Lake Jessie in Alexandria.
Anthony Mayerhofer, of Rosemount, caught and released this 28 1/2 -inch walleye last month near Pine Island on Lake of the Woods. He caught the fish in 17 feet of water using a Lindy Rig.
Michael Carlson, of Minneapolis, caught and released this 23-inch brown trout he brought in while spin-casting with a Yo-Zuri lure on a small creek in southeast Minnesota.
Colin Sackett, of Sartell, Minn., displayed the northern caught by his father while fishing on a lake in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness. Colin scooped up the catch with his bare hands, despite being bitten emphatically by the northern.
Grant Haugen, of Eagan, caught this 31 ½-inch walleye on Lake Vermilion with a jig. He was fishing with his uncle, Steve Praska.
Emma Hussian, of Edina, caught this walleye in a lake using a minnow rig in Voyageurs National Park.
Dan Nielson, of East Bethel caught and released this 15½-pound northern on Red Lake, while trolling for walleyes using a No. 4 Salmo lure. 
Dave Zimmerman, of Coon Rapids, caught and released this 15-inch bass on Fifth Crow Wing Lake in Hubbard County.
Steve Mueller, of Chaska, caught this 40-inch, 20-plus-pound northern on Rainy Lake while bobber fishing with a frozen smelt. Fishing partners (both of Chaska) Gary Goeman netted it and Vic Benetti took the photo.
Nick Edwards, of White Bear Lake, caught this northern on an XRAP while fishing smallies on a lake near Detroit Lakes.
Jennifer Hanson’s nephews Todd, 9, and Levi, 6, of Colorado, went fishing in Minnesota for the first time on Memorial Day. Fishing from a dock on Lake Hiawatha and with Jeff Donegan helping, they caught many sunfish. Tood caught a good-sized crappie, and Levi caught this walleye using just a worm and bobber .
Levi Vorlicek, of Glencoe, caught this 23-inch walleye on Leech Lake on opening weekend. The fishing was very good for Levi and his group.
George Maras, of Hibbing, caught and released this 26-inch walleye on opening day while fishing out of McArdle’s Resort on Lake Winnibigoshish.
Jim Schwingler, of New Brighton, caught this 29 1/2-inch walleye on Basswood Lake at Pipestone Falls in northern Minnesota. He released it.
Rich Burton, of Minneapolis, used a parrot moon eye jig and shiner to catch this 31-inch walleye on Leech Lake.
Rosemount Police Chief Mikael Dahlstrom caught this dandy 21-inch walleye on Mille Lacs opening weekend, fishing with pals Jeff Anderson of Edina and Cory Villaume of Delano. The three anglers found walleyes trolling shallow-running crankbaits after dark in 8- to 10-feet of water. Daytime fishing with jigs and suckers (which for them worked better than shiners) was slower.
Sara Gronewold, of Baudette, caught this walleye close to shore on the Rainy River on opening day. She caught her limit (two saugers and four walleyes) by 11 a.m. Paul Lundgren, left.
Adam Bast of Hudson, Wis., caught a 28.5-inch walleye on Leech Lake.
Kernon Bast, of Hudson, Wis., caught this 26-inch walleye on Leech Lake on opening day.
Dwight Carlson, 90, of Battle Lake, caught this 33-inch walleye in 6 to 8 feet of water on Ottertail Lake in mid-October by trolling the shoreline with a crankbait.
Wyatt Giesen of New Prague was fishing Red Lake for the first time with his brother, father and grandfather when he landed this 42.5-inch northern in June. It was released.
Cecilia and Brooklyn Bordeaux, 4, of Hugo, caught sunfish while dock fishing on Park Lake near Mahtowa in Carlton County with their grandfather Jim Johnson.
On his 75th birthday last month, Dave Anderson of Richfield caught this 12-pound, 28-inch lake trout out of Taconite Harbor on Lake Superior. He used a spoon on a leaded line in 250 feet of water. Two hours later, he caught a 22-pound, 37-inch lake trout.
Kevin Walker of Savage caught this 51-inch, 33-pound muskie on Pelican Lake in Becker County in August. It was his first muskie.
Reese Mahlum of Delano, age 5, caught this northern from the dock at the family cabin on Island Lake near Duluth with a little help from her grandfather, Dan Laurila of Edina.
Charlize Hyser, 10, of Hanover, caught this 29-inch walleye while fishing Lake of the Woods with her uncle Joe. She used her favorite “blue thunder” St. Croix rod.
Carl Wenning of Waconia, fishing with friend Avery Aalfs on Lake Waconia, caught and released this dandy 37-inch northern using a spinner bait.
Ben Hirschfeld, age 9, of Cold Spring, was fishing for sunfish last month from his family’s dock on Big Fish Lake when he caught this 7-pound bowfin (aka dogfish).
Karisa Stevens of Rochester, shown with her father Ken, caught this 26½-inch walleye last month on Leech Lake. The outing was part of a family celebration for her 12th birthday.
Danny Romano, age 10, of Minneapolis, was casting a spinnerbait at his family’s cabin on Birch Lake near Ely when he caught this 36-inch northern. The catch, his largest ever, was released.
Jordan Belden, age 7 of Cedar, teamed with friend Dylan Olson, of Andover, to land this 20-inch, 4-pound, 10-ounce largemouth bass earlier this month on Long Lake in Aitkin County.
Ruby Tritabaugh, age 9, of Minneapolis, caught this sunfish while fishing with her grandmother on a small lake in central Minnesota.
Carolyn Miller Plummer of St. Paul caught this 26-inch, 6-pound walleye on a border lake in the BWCA. She released the catch, which was her largest ever.
Drew McClenahan, left, and Blake McClenahan, of Prior Lake, were trolling for walleye on Lake Vermilion but caught this muskie. The muskie measured over 50” and was released.
Bricelyn Morris, age 9, of Shakopee, caught this 25-inch Northern and smallmouth bass on Lake Miltona using a googly-eyed jighead.
Liam Cowan, age 10, of Minneapolis, who lives near Lake of the Isles, caught this 5-pound bass off the South dock on Lake Harriet using a wacky rig.
Manny Granroos, of Fridley, caught this 37-inch muskie on Leech Lake’s Walker Bay earlier this month.
Tilden Anderson, age 11, of Windom, Minn., caught this 3-pound smallmouth bass on nearby Fish Lake, using a buzzbait lure that his great-grandfather Ken Anderson used 60 years ago.
Tom Klos, of Belle Plaine, caught this 40-inch, 29-pound lake trout in June in the BWCA. He caught it on a lipless crankbait body which he rigged with a treble on the front and a white hair single hook on the back. The catch, which had a 24-inch girth, was released.
Nora King, age 8, of Baxter, caught her first bass while fishing for sunfish last month on Wymer Lake, south of Frazee, Minn.
Jaxon Mahn, age 7, of Red Wing, caught his first “big” fish while fishing with friend Brett Meger on Lake Pepin. Mahn is holding one of four pike he helped reel in. This catch was 36½ inches.
Michele Mahoney, of Mound, was fishing Lake Minnetonka for walleye last weekend. She settled for her first muskie. The 44-inch catch was released.
Graydon Buck, of Hastings, caught this 14-pound, 29-inch brown trout on Lake Superior south of Grand Marais in 200 feet of water. The fish bit on a silver spoon.
Rex Miranda, age 10, of Eagan, caught this 22-inch catfish, which weighed more than five pounds, on Aligmagnet Lake from his grandfather’s paddle boat.
Beth Anderson of Savage caught this 24-1/2 inch walleye off Big Hardwood Point of Leech Lake last month using a jig and minnow.
Declan Cudd, right, of Minneapolis and his older brother Charlie Cudd each caught a 29-inch walleye near the mouth of Amnicon River on the south shore of Lake Superior.
While night fishing the Minnesota River between Belle Plaine and Blakeley, Jackson Pobuda, of Belle Plaine, caught this 35-pound catfish using a large creek chub. The catch was released.
Eileen Burkhart of Austin, Minn., caught this 32-inch carp using a nightcrawler from Austin’s Eastside Lake fishing dock. Her husband, Phil, handled the net.
Tyler Arneson, age 14, of Lakeville, caught this 40-inch, 20-pound muskie on Bone Lake in western Wisconsin. The lunker hit on a ¾-ounce Baby Girl spinner.
Taylor Nyland, of Andover, caught and released this 11-inch sunfish on a lake in the Bemidji area.
Jim Marten of Maple Grove caught this 28½-inch bowfin two weeks ago on South Long Lake near Brainerd using a perch shad-rap. The fish put up a 20-minute fight on a two-pound test line. The catch was released.
Jackson Hays, age 5, of Nisswa, reeled in this walleye on Gull Lake all by himself. It’s the biggest fish he’s caught so far and one of his first walleyes. It was released.
Madeline Peterson, age 11, of Otsego, typically fishes for sunfish. After catching this bass on Island Lake near Jenkins in Crow Wing County, she’s a fan of bass fishing.
Early morning catch: Dan Luetje caught and released this 30-inch walleye on Lake Ida. Luetje slowly trolled a rig with a jumbo leech.
Anniversary gift: Pam Sailer of Apple Valley caught this 29-3/4-inch walleye on Lake of the Woods using a gold jig tipped with a leech. Sailer and her husband were celebrating their wedding anniversary.
No help needed: Joey Otto, age 7, of Prior Lake, caught this 29-inch walleye all by himself last month on a lake near Alexandria. He was fishing with his father Josh (pictured) and grandfather.
John Kerry Savage, Shakopee • 15-inch largemouth bass • Shirt Lake John Kerry Savage, who recently turned 8-years-old, is already an avid angler. He caught this fish at his family’s cabin near Deerwood, Minn. When his family is at the cabin, he likes to spend all of his time fishing.
Deb Valen, of Dayton, caught this 3.4-pound bass on Rush Lake near Crosslake, Minn., last month.
Luke Michels, of St. Paul, caught this 20-inch largemouth bass at his cousins’ cabin near Spooner, Wis., last week.
Katie Westlund • 49½-inch muskie • Lake Inguadona • Fishing the Cass County lake near Longville, Minn., with her father, Mark, Westlund was trolling a 10-inch Mattlock orange glitter perch lure when she nabbed the biggest fish she’s ever caught.
Lila Guilday, of Chanhassen, was fishing Lotus Lake for crappies when she caught this largemouth bass. After a struggle and a quick photo the fish was released.
Rob Degidio, of St. Paul, caught this bass on Lower Whitefish lake, northeast of Pequot Lakes, Minn., from a dock near dusk using a slip bobber with a leech.
Dale Gehring, of Northfield, caught and released this 17¼-inch Black Crappie on a Walker area lake.
Ethan Michels, St. Paul • 16-pound flathead catfish • Mississippi River Ethan Michels, of St. Paul, was casting a Little Cleo below the Ford Dam from a kayak last week when he hooked this 32-inch, 16-pound flathead catfish. After a 20-minute fight, he landed it. His brother Luke helped him bring the fish on shore before it was released.
Georgia James, 12, of Breezy Point, caught this 30-inch northern on Stewart Bay off of Pelican Lake. She used a shiner minnow.
Griffin Friedrich, 11, of Chanhassen, caught this crappie in four feet of water on Leech Lake over the Memorial Day weekend. It was his first crappie. His brother Hunter handled the net.
Anne Minske, of Chanhassen, caught this 36-inch northern on Lake Susan on Memorial Day. She used live bait with a homemade leader and bobber.
John Kim, Minneapolis • 49-inch muskie • Lake Minnetonka Kim and his wife were cruising through a slow zone when this muskie hit on a No. 3 Mepps Comet Mino. They didn’t have a net on board so a nearby fisherman swooped in and helped them secure the fish.