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Luke Schwitzer of St. Paul holds up a 24-inch brown trout before releasing it back into the Kinnickinnic River near the foot of the lower dam last Monday evening, Aug. 22. Schwitzer caught the trophy trout on a 4-weight fly rod and estimated its weight at four to five pounds. Photo courtesy Jim Ashbach

Trophy trout thrills more than lucky angler

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Luke Schwitzer was still thinking about the teenagers in the canoes when the strike indicator on his fly line paused in the current. He had no idea there was a once-in-a-lifetime fish on the other end.


Schwitzer had brought a few trout to his net on the lower Kinnickinnic River that Monday evening, Aug. 22. But the fishing had generally been slow, and the teenager-steered canoes that floated by him around 7:30 p.m. didn't help any.

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Bob Burrows
Bob Burrows has been sports editor at the River Falls Journal since 1996 and at the Hudson Star-Observer since 2009. Prior to joining the Journal, Burrows served as sports editor with Ledger Publications in Balsam Lake, Wis. A native of Bayonne, N.J. and a U.S. Navy veteran, Burrows attended Marquette University before completing his studies at UW-River Falls in 1992.
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