ON THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, Minn. -- Last week, amid warnings of floods and impending floods, Dick "The Griz" Grzywinski backed his john boat toward this very flush river near Red Wing, Minn. The launch ramp itself was invisible, swamped. "I've never seen the river this high," Griz said. Then he dumped his boat into the Mississippi, essentially launching it from a parking lot.
This would be the second day in a row Griz was on the big river. Wednesday near Red Wing, Minn., he and a friend boated 83 walleyes and sauger. The biggest walleye weighed a hefty 4 1/2 pounds, the largest sauger was a pound more. The latter was a relative monster: The Minnesota sauger record is 6.275 pounds.Story: