Trophy Tales

A weekly look at anglers and their memorable catches. 


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.

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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.
Lindsay Effertz, New Hope • 41-inch muskie • Nest Lake Lindsay Effertz was spending some time at the cabin near Spicer, Minn., when she caught her first muskie. She was casting a No. 5 Mepps spinner from shore and looking for pike. After no luck, she cast into the open water and soon hooked this muskie.
Spoon-fed: Luke Welter of Ham Lake was fishing off his grandmother’s dock on a lake near Floodwood when this 31-inch northern — his biggest catch ever — hit the spoon he was using.
Sunday catch: Ashley Benage of Glencoe caught this 25-inch walleye on May 24 on Leech Lake’s Hardwood Point near Sucker Bay. She used a leech to catch her biggest walleye.
A double handful of panfish: Nate Moberg of Clinton, Minn., caught this 1.2-pound, 10-inch bluegill on Sunday from his family’s dock on Big Stone Lake. His bait was a worm.
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.
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.