Ella, with Kelly and Dave Haag. Photo courtesy: Haag family
RANDALL, Minn. -- A little girl enjoying Minnesota's opening fishing weekend has quite the fish story to tell after she hooked a 30-inch muskie on a kiddie fishing pole Saturday.
Kelly Haag says she was fishing with her granddaughter, 2-year-old Ella Windschitl, off the family's pontoon boat tied to the dock in three feet of water on Round Lake near Randall. Ella was using her Barbie fishing rod and hooked a small sunfish on the line.
That's when a muskie came out from under the dock and attacked the sunfish. Haag grabbed the line as the fish headed for deeper water. After a five minute fight, Haag was able to reel the fish back to the boat where Ella's grandpa, Dave, was waiting with a net.
The family took a few photos. This picture shows Ella with her fishing pole while Kelly and Dave show her the muskie she caught. Another picture shows Ella on the dock, all dressed up and ready to fish. (Both photos are courtesy of the Haag family.)
Dave lifted the muskie out of the water and showed it to Ella, who is about as tall as the fish is long. She said, "I caught a shark!"
Haag says they took a quick picture and released the muskie. Haag says all the "boys" in the family have been trying for years to catch a muskie on the lake, but never succeeded.
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