Last Sunday’s Reminisce column touched on the story about Minnesota’s current record muskellunge, caught in 1957. Fishing guide Art Lyons caught it just off the shores of High Banks Resort. It took nearly two hours to land the muskie, which officially weighed 54 pounds. And it took nearly 20 years for it to be recognized as the record fish. This is how the story unfolded.
Arthur George “Art” Lyons was born in the second week of May in 1900. Perhaps his love of fishing and skill in guiding was because he was born in May when the fish are jumping. Art’s parents, William and Annie, lived along the shore of Lake Winnibigoshish. The Lyons family, like generations before them, lived off the land by hunting, trapping and fishing.