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Jimmy Ross of Duluth holds the 31-inch walleye he caught May 30 near Oak Island on Lake of the Woods. Ross, 71, said it was the largest walleye he had ever caught. Ross, who played hockey for Denver University, joined several former University of Minnesota Duluth hockey players for a reunion at Lake of the Woods in late May. (Sam Cook /

Former UMD hockey players are Bulldogs, and anglers, forever

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OAK ISLAND, LAKE OF THE WOODS — Billy McGann had been fishing for just four minutes when he felt the tap on his jig.

“He smacked it,” said Duluth’s McGann, setting the hook.

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