Young Evan Hansen was fishing Devils Lake with his grandparents, Glenn and Bridgie Hansen of Grand Forks, on Sunday night when he hooked into a fish tale none of them will soon forget.
As Bridgie tells the story, they had just started fishing East Bay in 30 feet of water, and Evan, who turns 8 Saturday, was fishing with a crawler and a spinner. His bait had barely hit the bottom when he hooked into a fish, Bridgie said.
“As he was pulling in, he said, ‘it’s tugging,’ and he got it closer to the boat and Glenn said, ‘Do you think you’ve got a big one?’” Bridgie said. “He said, ‘I don’t know, Poppa.’”
That’s when Bridgie saw the walleye Evan had hooked — in the jaws of a big northern.
“It took a figure-eight and spun away from the boat three different times, but it never released the walleye,” Bridgie said.
Luck was on Evan’s side Sunday night, and it wasn’t long before “Poppa” had both fish — a 15-inch walleye and a 30-inch northern pike — in the landing net. Bridgie says they’re planning to have the two fish mounted just the way the story unfolded — with the walleye in the mouth of the northern.
“You read about things like that, but you don’t ever see it,” Bridgie said.
Earlier that day, Bridgie said, her husband had remarked that he hoped they could give their grandson a day to remember. The son of Jordan and Riana Hansen of Shakopee, Minn., Evan was spending a few days visiting his grandparents.
No doubt, the two fish he caught at once Sunday night gave all of them a day to remember.
And if that wasn’t enough, Bridgie said, Evan continued on and caught seven of the 10 walleyes they landed that night.
“I said if I never fished again, I’d be OK because I witnessed that,” she said of the northern latching on to the walleye. “It couldn’t have been more perfect because it was so unexpected.
“Truly a Sunday evening fish event to remember!”