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Wally Walleye in Garrison, North Dakota
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The Walleye is a favorite catch for sportsmen angling in America's north-central lake regions. But the glassy-eyed, needle-toothed fish's popularity only partially explains the pile-up of redundant "Walleye Capital of the World" claims made by tourism bureaus of little lake towns. Maybe a brain-damaging chemical accumulated in the fish makes walleye eaters blind to the obvious -- there can be only one Walleye Capital of the World.

Garrison, Minnesota: Walleye worship became official in Minnesota after it was designated as the state fish in 1965 by the MN legislature. Moving quickly, the town of Garrison declared itself "Walleye Capital of the World," in part because the adjacent lake, Mille Lacs, is the most popular walleye spot in Minnesota.

Wally Walleye is located only one-mile away from Zombie the Golf Giant. Wally, "World's Largest Walleye," is the 26-ft. long fiberglass sculpture on the Main Street of Garrison, North Dakota. It is in a small park and flanked by flag poles. The opaque-eyed Wally propels himself above a "Walleye Capital of the World" sign.

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