Today’s trophy tales
Daniel Johnson, West St. Paul • 28-inch northern • Pickerel Lake
I was fishing for bass from my kayak in Pickerel Lake in Lilydale Park, casting a ⅛-ounce jig and a night crawler. After feeling a nibble, which I assumed was a panfish, I let the line go limp, then set the hook. Despite a tight drag, the fish ripped off yards of line before turning toward my kayak and diving under, snapping my rod. I hand-lined the fish in, and because I never use a net, I gently lifted it out of the water for this photo, then released it. The blood is mine (a cut finger), not the fish’s.
Dennis Ouyang of Roseville caught this 15-inch brown trout on the Rush River. “As with most of the larger fish on the Rush this year, it’s a football — they have larger girths than normal,’’ said Ouyang’s guide, Ben Carlson of Jolly Fly Fishing.
“Much to her surprise, my 6-year-old daughter, Harlow, caught this 17-inch largemouth bass off the dock on her first cast!” reported her dad, Steve Berger of Excelsior. She was fishing Lake Minnetonka using a leech and white jig with yellow twister tail. “We released the fish,” dad said.
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