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Fishing guide Bruce Hoaglund's favorite time to fish is autumn, especially the time frame of Oct. 15 through Nov. 15. He caught and released this trophy largemouth bass on Oct. 19, 2010. It weighed 6 pounds and 3 ounces and was 20½ inches long. "Lard Lake,'' he said when asked where he found it. (Submitted photo)

Guiding others to the best in the west central Minnesota waters


BASS LAKE -- Most of us work for a living, but there are a few among us smart enough to fish.

Bruce Hoaglund is one of the smart ones.

A retired Willmar public schools instructor, Hoaglund, 68, is one of a handful of fishing guides operating in this area. It's not a full-time gig for him, nor would he want it to be. Fishing would lose its "spark" if it turned into a job, he explained.

The real spark comes in putting others on fish.

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Tom Cherveny
Tom Cherveny is a regional and outdoor reporter with the West Central Tribune in Willmar, MN.
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