Trophy Tales

A weekly look at anglers and their memorable catches. 


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.

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Hooked on fishing: Mac Syverson, age 6, of New Brighton, using a “real” fishing rod for the first time, caught this bass on Sugar Lake in Wright County. A few hours later, he caught his first walleye on Lotus Lake in Chaska.
Nice way to end a day: Scarlett Peterson, from Hanover, caught her first walleye at dusk last weekend on Woman Lake. She caught it on a Rapala.
First bass: Five-year old Johnny Browning, of Woodbury, fishing with his mother Emily and father Adam, caught this bass — his first one — on Bald Eagle Lake in Ramsey County.
Connor Radtke, Lester Prairie • 26-inch sheepshead • Mississippi River The trio of Connor Radtke and his father Jeremy and grandfather Joe set out to catch walleyes, but instead caught eight different species, including this sheepshead, near Red Wing.
Quick learners: Maeve Moening, right, and her sister Molly Moening, who have been learning how to fish the Mississippi River in St. Paul this spring, caught and released this walleye on the river.
This is the first muskie that Dan Roettger, who has lived in the Kenwood neighborhood of Minneapolis since 1994, has caught on the lake previously known as Calhoun in about two years. The fish was released.
Steve Emmings, of Chanhassen, fishing with his friend Rick Zweig, didn’t catch any walleyes or northerns on opening day, but did catch this basket of sunfish and crappies on a west metro lake.
Albeit not on the opener, it took Alex Schultz and Tres Daniels, from the Siren/Webster, Wis., area 2 hours and 20 minutes to catch this 63-inch, 74-pound sturgeon on a 6-pound test line. The catch was released.
Sam Casey, Ryan Heroff and Mike Kreutzfeldt, all metro residents, had a solid fishing opener on Leech Lake.