The Greatest Fish Story Ever Told!

Forest and Stream

Feb 24 2022 • 20 mins

The events that happened in Kekoskee, Wisconsin are so extraordinary and improbable that I always hesitate about telling the story.

The evidence is legal, convincing and overwhelming.  In total it makes up the grandest fish story in the history of a lifetime.

It is really a story about bullheads, and of course it is a beautiful story, for the bullhead is naturally a romantic fish.

Every man in Mayville and Kekoskee knows this story, and without any hint or coaching will tell it to you exactly as his neighbor does.  Everyone in town knows the horse too.  You see, there was a horse in the story – which in time you will come to know.

It all happened way back in 1860, when the Horicon Marsh was Horicon Lake.  Back then the Rock River ran into Horicon which was the  largest man-made lake in the United States. Today, the river runs into the marsh at the same place where it used to run into the lake.

It’s the same river, and the people of Mayville will take you to the same place, and show you where the story happened. So you can’t possibly doubt the truth of the details of this story.

It was an awfully cold winter that year, and that has something to do with the story, too.

-EMERSON HOUGH

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