Another Muskie Attack in Less Than 2 Months

Baihly Warfield
September 04, 2017 06:09 PM

It appears a muskie has struck again on Island Lake.

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Paige Dougherty, 22, was dangling her feet in the water off her parents’ dock Sunday when her foot was bit.

Wendy Haldorson, her mother, said Paige was wearing a shiny ankle bracelet. There was also a fish basket with a couple walleyes in it hanging off the dock.

Paige’s feet weren’t far underwater, and she was kicking them a little bit. Five other people were sitting with her.

Haldorson said all of a sudden, Paige “screamed bloody murder” and pulled her foot out of the water.

According to Haldorson, the head and mouth of the fish also went flying out of the water. She said there was blood everywhere.

Afterward, the fish stayed around the dock. Haldorson said her husband has fished Island Lake for 50 years, and he is confident it was around a 36-inch muskie.

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Haldorson said they live in a known muskie bay, and they have seen people catch half a dozen muskies in that area before.

Paige is doing OK. Her husband is a first responder, so they cleaned up her cuts, and she did not need stitches. Haldorson said her daughter’s foot is still sore and swollen.

She said they tried to catch the fish after the bite, but they couldn’t get it.

They want others to be warned not to wear shiny jewelry in the water and not to keep a fish basket hanging off the dock.


Baihly Warfield

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