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McFeely: A 17-pound walleye is swimming in North Dakota

N.D. Game and Fish biologists netted this walleye on Lake Sakakawea during the spring spawning run. It weighed 17 pounds. It was returned to the lake.

This is no fish tale: There is a 17-pound walleye swimming in North Dakota’s Lake Sakakawea.

State fisheries biologists netted it last spring during the spawning run, weighed it, stripped it of its eggs and returned it to the massive reservoir on the Missouri River.

Given the size of Sakakawea, there’s likely many — relatively speaking — gigantic walleyes calling the lake home. The same biologists, as a matter of fact, netted a 13 1/2-pounder in Sakakawea.

“They are pigs,” said North Dakota Game and Fish Department director Terry Steinwand said. “Absolutely huge.”