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Drake Vollrath, 5, Grand Forks, caught this 36-inch muskie while casting a jig from the dock at his family's cabin on Lake of the Woods near Morson, Ont. Helping him hold the big fish is his dad, Brad. "He was pretty excited," Brad Vollrath said. "He got his ffirst walleye on his own the day before off the dock." The muskie was released after a quick photo.1 / 8
Henlee Osowski, 10, of Minto, N.D., caught and released this 27½ inch walleye June 10 on Devils Lake. 2 / 8
Zach Kraft ,12, of Grand Forks caught and released this 26.5- in walleye on Devils Lake fishing with his grandpa, Tom Walski.3 / 8
Autumn Degelder, 11, of Grand Forks caught her first walleye during a recent fishing trip to Devils Lake. 4 / 8
Luke Starcevic, 8, of Thompson, N.D., released this 25-inch walleye while pitching crankbaits on Devils Lake. "He was just a little excited to boat that one for the first fish of the morning," his dad, Alex Starcevic, said. Luke decided he wanted to released the fish after a quick photo. 5 / 8
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Brock Degelder, 5, of Grand Forks, caught his first walleye (the fish is in the net) on his first fishing trip to Black Tiger Bay on Devils Lake. Brock did his own casting and reeled in the fish all by himself, his dad, Mike, said. 7 / 8
Henry Halstenson (red Life jacket, right), 3½, of Grand Forks caught and released this 26½-inch walleye with his Iron Man rod on Stump Lake. His twin brother, Huck (yellow life jacket) was very excited for him as well, said the boys' dad, Eric Halstenson, who is holding the walleye.8 / 8

Fishing has been good this summer, if the photos submitted for posting to the Herald's online Trophy Room gallery are any indication.

More often than that, the photos only appear online, but every once in awhile, the opportunity presents itself to show off some of those fish pictures in print.

This is one of those times.

Kids are the stars in these photos. Sometimes, the fish are big; sometimes not so big.

Almost every time, though, the smile says it all: These kids are having fun on the water.

Whether it's a young angler or a young-at-heart angler, we're always on the hunt for fish photos to post to the Trophy Room. If you've got a photo to share—jpegs are preferred—please email it to Brad Dokken at Photos also can be sent by postal mail to Dokken ℅ The Grand Forks Herald, 375 Second Ave. N., Box 6008, Grand Forks ND 58203.

Be sure to include the angler's name, town of residence, whether the fish was kept or released and size (if relevant).

Keep them coming!

-- Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is editor of the Herald's Northland Outdoors section and also works as a copy editor and page designer. Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and joined the Herald staff in 1989. He worked as a copy editor in the features and news departments before becoming outdoors editor in 1998. He also writes a blog called Compass Points. A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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