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Don Mickel of Bemidji holds the 35.1-inch walleye he caught on the Rainy River. The fish probably was the state record but state regulations required that the fish be released. SUBMITTED Photo

Fisherman refutes critics of potential state walleye record, bait shop owner questions fish size

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BEMIDJI - By nature, fishermen have to be laid-back types who can spend the better part of a day content with a bite that never comes. But they also have to be competitive because the goal each trip is to outwit the fish.

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Since Don Mickel announced he caught a potential Minnesota state record walleye on the Rainy River earlier this spring, the Bemidji area guide has encountered fishermen possessing both qualities.

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