Re: NANFA-- Exterme collecting entry

R. W. Wolff (
Sun, 15 Dec 2002 21:35:07 -0600

> A few years ago a canoeist, hanging his legs out of the vessel while on a
> lake in one of our state parks, had a musky latch on to his foot. With
> animal's jaws still locked, the man pulled his foot (and the fish) into
> canoe. And for that, the DNR fined him for "fishing by illegal means."

I think this is an urban legend. Attacks by pike have been documented very
rarely, and I doubt anyone was fined for pulling a fish in the boat that
attacked them. However, stories of pike attacks are pretty common, usually
started around a bar somewhere when tales of the outdoors start trying to be
outdone by the next guy. I think I have heard this story, but in different
variation, so its likely just that , a story. Like the one of the guy who
was fined after he killed a bear with a pocket knife that was mauling him.

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