The catch was even bigger, Goff realized, as the eagle flapped its wings and lifted a large muskie onto the shore. (FOX 9) - A St. Paul, Minnesota resident's video of a bald eagle catching a muskie on the St. Croix River has gone viral. The lakes have ideal musky waters that are clear, shallow, and have weed beds. The “locking talons” instinct was part of another St. Croix River eagle story earlier this summer. Bill Hedden is a frequent guest at Andy Myers Lodge where he chases big muskies with single-minded fascination. But the eagle was stronger. To help increase awareness of the St. Croix River, news organizations and other outlets are free to share St. Croix 360 content, as long as you follow a few simple rules. Size Restrictions: There is a minimum trophy size limit of 54” on Muskie on Eagle Lake. Dan Goff posted the video on Twitter Wednesday night. Each fall John Gillespie brings the crew of his popular Waters and Woods TV show to Andy Myers Lodge along with musky expert Pete Maina. It is an independent news source produced by Greg Seitz, with past support from the St. Croix River Association. As you’ll shortly see, this American Bald Eagle was dragging an ENORMOUS live Muskie fish in its talons onto the river bank. Home; 2020-2021 Swim Info. A video posted to Twitter last night of a surprising scene on the lower St. Croix has already been seen by hundreds of thousands of people across the country and around the world. That explains why this bird was able to hold onto the struggling, powerful muskie in the water, and why it actually could not let go. Musky Fishing at Eagle Lake Island Lodge Ontario. It was one of the strangest things I have observed fishing. No, this is about one hour later. Hey guys, not a muskie expert, so figured someone in this forum would be able to explain this. Or nearby Catfish if conditions are sunny. Dan Goff posted the video, showing the raw power of a bald eagle as it dug its talons into a muskie, swam to shore and pulled the big fish out of the water. St. Croix 360 is powered by a broad community of St. Croix River-loving people. Open season: 3rd Saturday in June – December 15th Limits: Sport license – 1 in your possession Conservation license – 0 in your possession. He graduated from Florida State University, has been to more Phish concerts than he’d like to admit, and primarily specializes in Outdoors and Gear-related content. If you can’t see that video for whatever reason, possibly if Twitter is blocked at your work or something, you can access it directly by finding the tweet here. she was about 47". It is located just 12 miles from Warsaw and 8 miles from Syracuse (Lake Wawasee). The nearly two-minute video, shot from a boat, shows the eagle struggling on the surface of the river and you soon learn why. The goal is to restore the river by reducing phosphorus levels to 360 tons/year. This week, the Trump administration announced it is seeking to significantly reduce protections for other threatened plants and animals. Please visit our submission page to send tips, press releases, and other news. Eagle is know for its clear waters, where witnessing a 40-pound musky following your lure is the stuff that can make any musky angler’s knees buckle. I watched one of the skis swim with head completely out of water perfectly balanced for about 35 yards opening and closing his chompers… For events elsewhere in the watershed, contact St. Croix 360 directly. The muskie tried flopping back into the river, but the eagle quickly stopped that. But the pair quickly realized the bird was not hurt, but just trying to hold on to a large fish with its feet. For about $100, any Wisconsin resident over age 16 can live out their northwoods muskie guide fantasy with fair expectations of success on the Eagle River Chain. One of the biggest challenges facing the St. Croix River is harmful blooms of algae in in the lower river, due to excess nutrients in runoff. Even Hollywood actors were responding. Dan and Andie Goff of Woodbury, Minn. were just leaving Afton Marina in their boat Wednesday evening when they saw what looked like an injured bald eagle in the water. Swimming Eagle: Bald Eagle Caught In Viral Video A viral video shows another side of the U.S. national bird. @dgoff17 https://t.co/55ahgwukU2. Lake Webster is known as one of the best muskie fishing lakes in the Midwest. This Bald Eagle latched onto a fish that was too big too fly with. St. Croix 360 builds support for river stewardship, and connects people and organizations. Professional guides, like musky tournament champion Bill Jacobs, hit this chain of lakes regularly. Bald eagles nearly went extinct in the 1960s and 1970s, but were saved and the population restored thanks to the Endangered Species Act. Copyright © 2008-2020 BroBible. The Tallywacker is a good place to start, especially on the more wind-sheltered waters of the Eagle River Chain. - Bass Pro Shops Thought we saw an injured bald eagle on the St. Croix River tonight. But viewers were in for a surprise when the footage revealed that the bald eagle was not injured but in fact swimming, holding on to a fish with its claw. Special shout out to my boy Brett G. for sending this my way! If you haven’t seen that yet you can check it out here, but not before watching the crazy footage below that was shared on Twitter by user Dan Goff. The eagle’s full wingspan was on display as it made its way out of the water with the torpedo-shaped fish in tow. Lower St. Croix: St. Croix 360 partners with online calendar St. Croix Splash. Current versions include a 4-, 6- and 8 … On Saturday, I saw this two times, two different fish. However, the eastern end of the lake also offers stained water and holds giant muskies as well. Post was not sent - check your email addresses! https://brobible.com/culture/article/bald-eagle-muskie-st-croix-river-footage Subject: Re: Muskies swimming with head out of water Posts: 518 me and my brother on opening wkd seen a mid 40's doing this in about 3' of water for quite awhile. I shared a viral clip of a bald eagle swimming about two months ago. That’s when they saw what it was holding: a good-sized muskellunge, a fierce predator in its own right. Bald eagles have powerful talons that essentially “lock closed” after grabbing something. Twelve hours after posting video on Twitter, it had been watched almost 500,000 times and retweeted 5,200 times. Fish was half eaten.. pic.twitter.com/8uPy8PsLxN, This was an hour later. We encourage a catch and release policy on all Muskie caught at South Shore Lodge and we have really seen the benefits of this policy. Video of an eagle pulling a massive fish out of the St. Croix River has gone viral with more than 350,000 views on Twitter. North Webster is located north of U.S. 30 on State Road 13. It turns out that most of the population has either never seen an American Bald Eagle swim before nor have they considered that these eagles are capable of swimming. He’s got a live fish,” said Goff, of Woodbury. They happened upon this American Bald Eagle in the St. Croix river Wednesday in Minnesota. 2020 - 2021 Team Handbook; New Swimmer Assessments; Registration; Monthly Dues & Fees; Equipment; Vol Job Descriptions; Practice Groups This has really enhanced the overall musky fishing experience on Eagle Lake. Because it became so popular among musky anglers, the Swim Whizz got branded as a musky lure—but the same wobbling, darting action that triggers muskies triggers all predator fish, from largemouth bass to saltwater stripers. When the fish tried to wriggle back into the water, the eagle held on to the fish with its talons and pulled it back in. It used its wings and sheer determination to pull the fish on shore →. Andie and Dan Goff told the Star Tribune this encounter happened near the Afton Marina in Minnesota. “He’s got a walleye. we had her follow about an hr earlier in that same spot. Visit the Bass Pro Shops 1Source to find tips, videos & blogs on hunting, fishing, camping & other outdoor activities to make your next adventure the best experience possible. At first, they thought the eagle was injured by that wasn’t the case at all. He had to swim to the shore to eat. Dan Goff posted … A half-hour later, the Goffs boated past again and saw that the eagle had eaten about half the fish. He has been an avid fisherman for 64 years, fishing all over the world for the great gamefish, and now, in his senility (which the guides at the lodge will happily point out), he has largely focused on the muskies of Eagle Lake. With Dan’s phone recording video, and speaking in whispers, they watched the eagle floating in the water and then used its wings to swim to shore. Thought we saw an injured bald eagle on the St. Croix River tonight. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Schweik's pick for the easiest muskie lake in the state is Cranberry Lake in the Eagle River chain, preferably on a rainy day. Fish and Wildlife Service says the birds are now “flourishing” across the Midwest. My hunch is that it chilled out for a few moments upon seeing the boater, possibly seeing them as a threat to its catch. A clip shared on Twitter filmed at New Hampshire’s Lake Winnipesaukee shows a Bald Eagle swimming … pic.twitter.com/raDUBRQ2PG. The musky would rise to the top, stick his head up out of the water, and then the guy who worked there would pet the fish on top of the head. Every time something like this comes up, I remember the time there was this certain musky in the big tank at the Guides Choice Pro Shop in Eagle River. Learn more ». Fish was half eaten.. pic.twitter.com/8uPy8PsLxN. Celebrity fans of the St. Croix River video included Andy Richter, who became famous as Conan O’Brien’s sidekick, and Rhea Seehorn, an actor best known for her work on the show ‘Better Call Saul.’. Consistently mentioned as one of the best Musky fishing lakes in the world and holding the world record until recently, many experts believe that Eagle Lake could produce the next! The U.S. He wasn't injured #wow pic.twitter.com/APvQEr1HrX. But in the water, they are complete nincompoop doofuses incapable of looking awesome. Half an hour later, they returned and the fish was already half-eaten by this American Bald Eagle who is clearly a better fisherman than half of the anglers on the St. Croix River: No, this is about one hour later. boaters came to the rescue of two birds who locked talons, 9 million gallons of manure: Factory farm proposed near St. Croix tributary would make a lot of waste, Hudson group promotes possibility of new park at mouth of Willow River, River of Refuge: New book of St. Croix River essays now available, Afton State Park Phenology, November 27 to December 10, 2020, There’s a sailboat frozen in the St. Croix for the second year in a row, Bowfishing risk to St. Croix River could be reduced with reasonable rules, Reward offered to catch bald eagle poachers in St. Croix Valley, Scientists find dazzling diversity of aquatic insects in the St. Croix River. Cass Anderson is Managing Editor of BroBible. These otherwise majestic creatures glide effortlessly on the wind and can drop out of the sky in an instant to snatch prey off the ground. Never underestimate the power of a bald eagle! Dan thought this was an injured bald eagle floating in the water until he saw what it was really doing… Thought we saw an injured bald eagle … Boaters witness America's national bird wrestling a big, toothy fish to shore near Afton. As you can see in the video, once the bird dragged the fish onto shore, it first rested and surveyed the surrounding scene. Filmed in May 2011 in Prince William Sound Alaska Seeing a bald eagle swimming is an unsettling sight for a lot of people, myself included. Musky fish in Eagle Lake follow a similar motion pattern as those swimming within lakes and rivers inside the Midwestern States yet on a larger size. ← I Just Learned That Ben Affleck ‘Handpicked’ Em Rata For ‘Gone Girl’ And LMAO, Classic Slick Benny, Tiny Dicks May Be The Fad Of The Future, So Who’s Tryna Party? That thing was 10 pounds or more,” said Goff. Bald eagles have powerful talons that essentially “lock closed” after grabbing something. He wasn't injured #wow pic.twitter.com/APvQEr1HrX. Then, boaters came to the rescue of two birds who locked talons while fighting in mid-air, and fell into the river, still connected. More semi-famous folks also shared it with their comments: There’s a myth in Sweden about something called ”crown pikes” – enormous northern pikes carrying the skeletal remains of drowned ospreys, the barbed talons still lodged in their flesh https://t.co/iD5oyyJkVG, From one bald eagle to another, I tip my hat to this amazing beast! This video has already racked up 666,000+ views on Twitter. The musky didn't have a chance. These types of fish prefer short, waters where the bottom part is actually mucky, and that is perfect for breeding early in the season. Big muskie caught on Wisconsin River in Casimir, WI on 4/22/2009 Big muskie caught on River in x, WI on 7/18/2008 Lake Michigan – Green Bay on 7/29/2007 by Ranger621_250Verado Big muskie caught on Eagle Lake in vermillion bay, ON on 9/3/2013 Lake of the Woods on 9/1/2014 by dtaijo174 Big muskie caught on Lake X in City X, MN on 8/8/2012 These guys have been producing weekly shows for over 1,400 episodes without airing a repeat, and their Eagle Lake hunt for big walleye, smallmouth bass, and trophy muskies is a highlight of the year. “That gave the eagle just enough time to break free and swim to shore,” Illet tells her. Syracuse and North Webster have small shops and restaurants. PAUL, Minn. (Fox 9) – A St. Paul, Minnesota resident’s video of a bald eagle catching a muskie on the St. Croix River has gone viral. That explains why this bird was able to hold onto the struggling, powerful muskie in the water, and why it actually could not let go. At one point in the video, the muskie wriggles back into the water, only to have the eagle chase it down and pull it … strong. Eagle Lake, Maple Grove, MN, public access, swimming area, fishing, regulations, 6861 Magda Drive Eagle River is a chain of waterways made of up 10 lakes and boasts some of the best musky fishing in Wisconsin. All rights reserved. Muskie Fishing Regulations. By Greg Seitz | August 15, 2019 | 2 minute read. The “locking talons” instinct was part of another St. Croix River eagle story earlier this summer. https://twitter.com/BillCorbett/status/1161835452091052032. Eagle in the Midwest upon this American bald eagle latched onto a fish was. 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