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Don Zirbes holds the 42-inch lake trout he caught Thursday morning trolling on Lake Superior. Zirbes caught the lake trout in 12 feet of water. (Submitted photo / Minnesota DNR)

Baby 'loopers theory leads to a big laker on Superior

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Don Zirbes knows when it's time to catch big lake trout. It's always a few days after the little Kamloops rainbows are stocked along the North Shore.

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"As soon as they start stocking, you start catching," said Zirbes, who lives on the North Shore between Duluth and Two Harbors.

Zirbes caught his largest lake trout ever while trolling alone Thursday morning off the mouth of the French River. The laker was 42.6 inches long and weighed 36.1 pounds.

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