This is a great spot to fish. And it was right here that I once caught the most cantankerous fish in the North Country— Ike the Pike.
Paul Bunyan Scenic Byway Tall Tales
Explore a multitude of funny, factual, even somewhat fallible tales about Paul Bunyan, Babe the Blue Ox and the other Minnesota Lake Country characters from days gone by. Just click the title links below to read each local legendary gem!
It wasn’t that long ago that most fellers who took to their boats for a spell of uninterrupted fishing were seen using fish-attracting contraptions like Lazy Ikes and Daredevils. Sometimes they’d hook on a red and white striped metal mini-plank they called a Spoon. Oh, sure, everybody knew somebody who’d swear by minnows only; had to be stone-rollers or shiners or maybe chubs.
The year Paul hired on the musical zealot, Emery DeNoyer, everything in the shanties changed. Now, Paul bears no fault here for hiring the fella. He’d been looking long and hard for some thigh-slappin’ entertainer to keep spirits up in the camp.
There’s a lot of good can be said about having a few chickens around. Most folks know that. A few eggs each day and they pretty much earn their keep, well the hens do anyway. You’ll see ‘em prancing around, poking at the dirt and keeping the bothersome crawling things in check. Little chicks, yellow puffballs that they are, do a darn good job of keeping young ‘uns occupied,
Most folks back in the late 1800’s knew it took a hearty set of muscles to work as a logger. “Always has and always will,” they’d say. And most knew that when the logging was good, the pay was good too.