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Bo Swartz holds the first fish he caught solo. His father, Matt, put a weedless plastic fish on Bo’s pole, and a few minutes later Bo reeled in this 17-inch largemouth.

OUTDOOR Experiences

Carson and Jack Buckmaster, right to left kneeling, and Jason Buckmaster and Seth Koenig, right to left standing, went walleye fishing on Lake Erie in April, catching their limits of 16 walleye each day.
Clayton Swartz caught this 19-inch largemouth bass in a local pond in Allen County using a plastic fish.
Sarah Busch, 9, shows off the large bass she caught and released from a farm pond during a spring break outing with her brothers and sister.
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Tom Adkins of Dacatur caught this 30 1/2 -inch, 13 1/2 -pound walleye while trolling with his wife on Lake Erie in April.

– Fishing and hunting are enjoyed by young and old, male and female. As proof, readers of The Journal Gazette have been showing off their catches on the weekly Recreation page. The Journal Gazette publishes an Outdoors Experience page once a month, lending a forum for readers to share their love of the outdoors with their neighbors. Send your stories and photos to The Journal Gazette, c/o Sports Department, 600 W. Main St., Fort Wayne, IN 46802, or email them to