Fisherman Accidentally Drops Walleye Down Storm Drain During Photo, Casts A Line Down & Catches It Again

Walleye storm drain
WCCO Minnesota

Talk about a rollercoaster of emotions. There’s nothing worse than spending a whole day out on the water fishing, only to lose a fish you’d been battling. And every fisherman has lost a big one at one time or another. Whether you break the line, tied a poor knot, dropped it out of the boat or it got eaten by a bigger fish before it got there, it happens to the best of us.

With that being said, this guy lost a fish in perhaps the most bizarre way I’ve ever seen, but don’t worry, it has a happy ending. A North Dakota angler was posing with his prized walleye, when he lost his grip on the fish and it made its way down into a storm drain.

However, the angler wasn’t going to give up that easy. He proceeded to cast a line down the storm drain, and was somehow able to successfully reel the walleye back in. I mean, just imagine you’re casually driving, and look and see a guy cast a line down a storm drain.

According to WDAY News, it all went down in Valley City, North Dakota on Main Street. Shawn Grim stopped to pull out the largest fish he caught that day, a near 22-inch walleye, before it leaped from his hands and into a storm drain.

He told the outlet:

“So, I’m holding this fish, getting ready and stuff like that, and all of a sudden it flip flops onto the street. Ok, not a big deal. I go down to grab it. Boom, boom, boom, right into the drain sewer. It’s like, ‘you’ve got to be kidding me.'”

In the footage you can see Grim kneel down and spot the walleye in the drain, and that’s when he decided to go fishing in the sewer.

He continued:

“I got to my tackle box and I pull out a Rapala, right? Three treble hooks, this thing catches fish. Is it going to catch fish in a storm sewer? We’re going to find out, right?”

He initially caught the fish, but the hook popped out when he attempted to reel it up. So, he cast it down again, and was successful:

“Pull it up, slowly. Grab the fish by the back of the head and slowly pull it out of the deal. So, then we stand up, we take the picture away from the gutter, right?”

All is well that ends well, I suppose. Part of me is wondering why you decided to snap a picture in front of a pizza shop and not out on the water, or before you dropped him into the fryer, but hey, to each their own.

You can check out the full situation here:

A beer bottle on a dock



A beer bottle on a dock