Barry Larson could see the massive lake trout through 12 inches of clear ice, but he couldn’t get its head into the fishing hole.
Duluth’s Larson and five friends were fishing Jan. 21 on Clearwater West Lake near Atikokan, Ontario.
“He finally swam (past) the hole, so I grabbed my gaff and gaffed him in the tail,” said Duluth’s Larson.
His friend Jim Torkelson of Duluth, who had responded to Larson’s call for back-up support, also gaffed the fish near the tail. Together they hoisted the giant upside-down into Larson’s fishing shelter.
“Jim fell on the ice, and the fish was flapping on him,” Larson said with a chuckle.
It was lot of fish to get flapped by. The fish would measure 45½ inches long and 28 inches in girth at Chalstrom’s Bait and Tackle north of Duluth on Sunday, said John Chalstrom. It weighed exactly 38 pounds on a certified scale, Chalstrom said, three days after it had been caught.
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