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The public access boat launch at Big Mantrap Lake was abuzz last Saturday as anglers launched their boats in search of big fish. Published accounts recently have re-fueled the lake's popularity. "This reminds me of the Leech Lake launch," one angler remarked of the boat traffic and congestion at the launch site. But local anglers are now wondering if the lake has too many big fish, especially when they're eating the smaller ones kids like to catch. (Sarah Smith / Enterprise)

Big Mantrap Lake weathers gold rush of muskie anglers

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After the publication of yet another 50-inch muskie being caught locally, Big Mantrap Lake is becoming the semi-official home of the whopper.


One week after Ryan Wehrs reeled in the trophy fish, Mantrap's public boat launch was like Grand Central Station last weekend as eager muskie anglers went out in search of the big one.

Wehrs, a Wisconsin college student, caught his 50.5-incher on opening day of the season.

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