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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


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.

McGann, 72, cranked the fish to the boat. In the twilight of this late May evening, his fishing partner, Billy Halbrehder of Houlton, Wis., netted the fish for him. The 21-incher was too long to keep, according to regulations, and McGann tossed it back to the dark water.

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