Veterans do battle with trout and salmon on Lake Superior

Maurice Russell, a 94-year-old veteran of the CIA gets help from Joyce Scott of the Minnesota Veterans Home at Silver Bay and first mate John Meining (hand on reel) as Russell plays a coho salmon Monday morning aboard the Hooker Too, a charter fishing boat operated by Peter Dahl. (Sam Cook photo)

Eighteen Duluth and Knife River charter captains took 53 veterans out for a morning of fishing on Lake Superior Monday as part of an annual outing for members of Minnesota’s veterans homes. The charter captains donate their time and expertise every year so that veterans can enjoy a day of fishing and a shore lunch at the Knife River Marina afterward.

Ninety-four-year-old Maurice Russell and Bud Hamilton, 61, an Air Force vet, helped haul in eight fish aboard Peter Dahl’s Hooker Too charter fishing boat, with first mate John Meining helping out. Along with us were two members of the recreation staff at the Silver Bay Veterans home, Joyce Scott of Finland and Troy Paulseth of Duluth.

A total of 53 vets from homes at Silver Bay, Hastings, Minneapolis and Fergus Falls took part, with 18 charter captains volunteering their time. Together the vets boated 154 fish during the half-day of fishing, a record for the event. They caught lake trout, coho salmon, king salmon and steelhead. All of the steelhead were released, as regulations require.

I’d encourage you to read my stories this coming Sunday in the Duluth News Tribune’s outdoors section about the veterans and their day on the water. You’ll read about the 19-pound lake trout caught by 98-year-old Rogenald Keller from the Silver Bay Veterans Home.

Meanwhile, here are some more photos:

A four-pound lake trout comes to the net during a day of fishing with veterans on Lake Superior on Monday aboard Peter Dahl’s Hooker Too charter fishing boat. Veteran Maurice Russell, 94, caught the fish. (Sam Cook photo)

It’s all hands on deck as volunteers lift veteran Maurice Russell, 94, of the Silver Bay Veterans Home, off the boat after a morning of fishing on Lake Superior. Russell had been fishing aboard the Hooker Too, a charter fishing boat operated by Duluth’s Peter Dahl. (Sam Cook photo)

Veteran Maurice Russell, 94, was all grins after he caught this lake trout while fishing on Lake Superior on Monday. John Meining, first mate on Peter Dahl’s Hooker Too charter fishing boat, holds the fish for Russell. (Sam Cook photo)

Joyce Scott of Finland, a member of the recreation staff at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Silver Bay, gives veteran Maurice Russell a hug during a morning of fishing on Lake Superior Monday. (Sam Cook photo)

One thought on “Veterans do battle with trout and salmon on Lake Superior

  1. This is such a great story. My father and I spent twice annual trips to the BWCA and Canada fishing for Lake Trout. A week together, eating fish, blueberries and potatoes…lots of potatoes. Carrying motor, gas, packsacks and coolers over two portages, not to mention the boat on the custom designed portage wheels. As he aged, I often dreamed about a trip for him on the big lake, but money, and time ran out on us. I just love this story and the memories it will create for the old timers.

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