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Trophy Room: 11-year-old catches two trophy walleyes in same day

Aiden Evitts of Roseau, Minn., caught this 31-inch walleye Saturday, Dec. 8, on Lake of the Woods while fishing with his dad, John. The fish was kept for mounting.1 / 2
Aiden Evitts, 11, of Roseau, Minn., released this 28½ inch walleye Saturday, Dec. 8, on Lake of the Woods, barely an hour and a half after catching a 31-inch walleye he kept for mounting.2 / 2

Aiden Evitts, 11, of Roseau, Minn., had himself quite a day of fishing Saturday, Dec. 8, on Lake of the Woods catching 31-inch and 28½-inch walleyes about an hour and a half apart while fishing with his dad, John, north of Pine Island.

Here's how family friend Bryan Mason described the encounter:

"John got him and his son set up and then went to help a buddy get set up next to them. It was only a matter of minutes and Aiden was yelling from the portable, 'Dad, I got a big one, help!!'

"John ran over to the house, and there with the head out of the hole was a beauty 31-inch, 11-pound trophy walleye.

"He was so pumped for his son, but the story doesn't end there. ...

"About an hour and a half later, Aiden had another monster hit his red Lindy Rattling Flyer tipped with a fathead minnow. This one measured out 28½ inches, and weighed just over 9 pounds. "The adults spent the rest of the day talking about how they've fished a whole lifetime waiting for one over 28 inches and how Aiden got two in one day. Pretty amazing!"

Aiden kept the 31-inch walleye for mounting and released the 28½-inch fish.

Brad Dokken

Brad Dokken is a reporter and editor of the Herald's Sunday Northland Outdoors pages. 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.  A Roseau, Minn., native, Dokken is a graduate of Bemidji State University. 

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