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Early-ice success

Cory Schlosser holds up a 13.8-pound northern, while his 5-year-old daughter, Nevaeh, gets some help from Cory's brother to hold up a 9.6-pound walleye she caught. The two were ice fishing in the Evansville area on Nov. 23. (Submitted photo)

Early ice draws anglers out onto the water for a reason. The action can feature some of the best bites of the winter season, and Cory Schlosser and his daughter, Nevaeh, found that out first hand on Nov. 23.

Cory and Nevaeh were fishing in the Evansville area over about six feet of water on seven inches of ice. Cory was using a Kastmaster spoon when a big northern stuck. He got that up through the ice, and the fish weighed in at 13.8 pounds.

That would have made for a good day as it was, but Nevaeh made it even better. She was fishing with a shiner minnow when a huge walleye hit.

"I was shaking and saying, 'Oh my God,' over and over again after seeing it in the water. I coached her till she got it out. She kept telling me to calm down, so I guess I was more excited. She kept saying my fish was bigger, though, and I explained that her's was a walleye and a wall-hanger."

That walleye weighed in at 9.6 pounds to cap off a day on the ice that the father and daughter won't soon forget.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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