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Rob Scott of Crane Lake holds the lake trout he caught Feb. 8. It was 45 inches long with a 32-inch girth and unofficially weighed 52 pounds, 3 ounces on a hand-held scale. Scott said he was fishing on Lac La Croix northeast of Crane Lake when he caught the fish. (Rob Scott photo)

Mammoth Northland lake trout might set a world record

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By Sam Cook

Rob Scott saw the flag on his tip-up spring up. He assumed a lake trout had taken his dead shiner minnow and was swimming away with it.

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Scott, of Crane Lake, took his time getting to the tip-up. But when he pulled it from his fishing hole on Lac La Croix, he was stunned.

“All I saw was the knot,” he said.

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