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We find walleyes cooperative at Carroll Lake By Larry Myhre

Reprinted from the Sioux City Journal

CARROLL LAKE, Ont. | The tannin-stained water spilled over huge precambrian boulders and settled into the pool below.

Steve Brinkman, general manager of The Lodge at Carroll Lake, held our 16-foot boat at the edge of the eddy, and we cast jigs into the deeper water. This was classic Canadian fishing. This small river, one of several feeding the lake, drew walleyes like a magnet. It made the journey in, fraught by shallow boulders with an appetite for props, well-worth the risk.

Gary Howey set the hook into yet another 18-inch walleye. Our companion boat, with Randy Smith, Yankton, S.D., a veteran of other Carroll Lake trips, and Chad Tramp, Ankeny, Iowa, on board were also fighting fish.

Yes, this was Shangri-La, an earthly paradise where old walleye anglers must go when they die and find themselves in heaven. Jackpine and spruce, birch and aspen grow right to the water’s edge. Their roots gripping the thin soil veiling the oldest rock in the world. Indeed, the Shield is a magical place. [Read more…]