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Trophy Room: Someone has to take the pictures when your fishing partners catch big walleyes on the Missouri River

Jack Kouba, 15, caught a 10-pound, 13-ounce walleye pitching a jig and minnow. The fish measured between 31 and 32 inches, and they kept it for mounting, Kevin Kouba said. Then about 30 minutes later, buddy Scott Reuppel released a whopper that weighed 10 pounds and measured nearly 30 inches.

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Jack Kouba, 15, of Grand Forks, caught this 10-pound, 13-ounce walleye Friday, May 8, on the Missouri River. The walleye measured between 31 and 32 inches long and was kept for mounting.

Kevin Kouba of Grand Forks got to play the role of photographer on Friday, May 8, when he and his 15-year-old son, Jack, joined buddy Scott Reuppel of Bismarck to fish the Missouri River.

The river has been kicking out some big walleyes this spring, and the Koubas and Reuppel got to experience that for themselves, Kevin Kouba said.

Jack caught a 10-pound, 13-ounce walleye pitching a jig and minnow. The fish measured between 31 and 32 inches, and they kept it for mounting, Kevin Kouba said.

Then about 30 minutes later, Reuppel hit with a jig and plastic, landing a whopper that weighed 10 pounds and measured nearly 30 inches.

Reuppel released the fish after posing with Jack with their pair of trophies.

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Scott Reuppel (left) of Bismarck and Jack Kouba, 15, of Grand Forks, show off the big walleyes they caught Friday, May 8, on the Missouri River. Reuppel released his walleye, which weighed 10 pounds and measured nearly 30 inches, and Jack kept his 10-pound, 13-ounce walleye for mounting.

“I got to take pictures and catch small ones,” Kevin Kouba joked.

This isn’t the first time Jack has tangled with big fish, his dad said. A number of years ago, Jack caught a 44½-inch northern pike on Devils Lake.

Do you have a fishing photo you’d like to share with Herald readers? Send jpeg photos to Brad Dokken at bdokken@gfherald.com. Please include the person’s name, town of residence and whether the fish was kept or released.

Brad Dokken joined the Herald company in November 1985 as a copy editor for Agweek magazine and has been the Grand Forks Herald's outdoors editor since 1998.

Besides his role as an outdoors writer, Dokken has an extensive background in northwest Minnesota and Canadian border issues and provides occasional coverage on those topics.

Reach him at bdokken@gfherald.com, by phone at (701) 780-1148 or on Twitter at @gfhoutdoor.
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