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Big Fish Statues Of North America

Posted by on May 28, 2012   12:00 AM  | Angling & Sport Fishing NewsWFN Community
The huge muskie overlooks a garden of other fish sculptures, including oversized bass, bluegill, and perch. The huge muskie overlooks a garden of other fish sculptures, including oversized bass, bluegill, and perch. Bobak Ha’Eri/Wikipedia Commons

Many towns across North America consider fishing to be a major part of their identity. Just take a few minutes looking at the comment walls on WFN’s Ultimate Fishing Town contest if you have any doubt about that. Communities all have their unique way of celebrating their fishing culture, but for real attention grabbers, nothing beats large fish monuments, towering over all who visit the town.

There are many fish statues across the continent, but here are the six best that’s worth the stop on your road trip.

Hayward, Wisconsin – Muskie

To see the largest fish statue in the world, look no further than the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame and Museum in Hayward, Minnesota. The massive 143-foot fibre-glass muskie serves as a “Shrine to Anglers.” Enter through a door in its tail and make your way up its body to check out the names of Hall members and other memorials and tributes. The mouth at the top opens up into an four-story-high observation deck.

Kenora, Ontario – Muskie

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Husky the Muskie

Speaking of muskies, Ontario has a fish sculpture of their own honoring this toothy predator. Visit McLeod Park in Kenora, just off the Trans-Canada Highway, to see a 40-foot, 2.5-ton muskie leaping into the sky. The monument, affectionately named “Husky the Muskie,” was first built in 1967 during Canada’s Centennial and has been a favorite roadside attraction ever since.

Dunnville, ON – Mudcat

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Muddy the Mudcat was officially unveiled in November 2009.

Dunnville may be small (6,000 residents) but it’s big on heart and community spirit, the driving force behind the construction of the 50-foot long, 27-foot high catfish that helped put the town on the map. Local clubs and businesses all chipped in to help build Muddy the Mudcat, and judging by the look of completed project, it sure was worth it. It’s only been around for a few years, so it’s a baby compared to some of the others on this list.

Crystal Lake, Iowa – Bullhead

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The World’s Largest Bullhead.

The World’s Largest Bullhead sits on the shores of Crystal Lake, Iowa, measuring 12 feet long. Built back in 1958, this landmark is well worth the detour for a photo if you’re in the area. The lake is full of bullheads over two pounds, and bigger ones can be found here as well.

Baudette, Minnesota – Walleye

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Willie the Walleye was first constructed way back in 1959.
Lake of the Woods County

Several cities in the Midwest actually have a walleye fish statue, including at least four in Minnesota, but Baudette has the biggest of them all: a 40-foot-long monument known as Willie Walleye. This landmark is more than just a tribute to the town’s love for walleye fishing, as they also host an annual Willie the Walleye festival every first week of June.

Garrison, Minnesota – Walleye

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Sadly, walleye this size can’t be found in Mille Lacs Lake.
Todd Murray/Wikipedia Commons

Here’s another example of a walleye statue found in Minnesota, but this one comes from the self-proclaimed “Walleye Capital of the World.” Found on the shores of arguably the best walleye lake in the North State, Mille Lacs Lake, this fish statue in Garrison is a 15-foot-long fibre-glass symbol of state’s, and the city’s, love for walleye fishing.