Mike Ward, St. Paul • 30-inch walleye • Lake of the Woods

Ward, above, and some friends have been taking fishing trips for 25 years. Last month, in rough water on Miles Bay, Ward carefully reeled in (and released) the biggest fish ever caught by the group. Ward used a jig and minnow and was fishing with light tackle and a bendy rod.

Long battle with pike

Relatives of Paul Ray, of Austin, Texas, have been taking a fishing vacation on Trout Lake near Bovey, Minn., for more than 50 years. It took Ray about 10 minutes recently to land this 35½-inch northern pike — his biggest ever.


Mistaken identity

Riley Stroik, of Prior Lake, was fishing Lake Borden near Garrison, Minn., when he thought he had hooked a weed. Instead, it was a 28-inch walleye, which was released.


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