OTTAWA - Did you hear the story about a 22-foot walleye spotted in the Ottawa River?
It’s no fish tale.
Wally casts an unblinking eye — a dollar-store salad bowl — on Hwy. 174 commuters speeding by the village of ice-fishing shacks on what’s affectionately known as Baitshop Bay.
At night, he even glows.
The guts of this fish? Two chairs, two empty bottles of Budweiser and a hole drilled into the ice averaging a foot thick to angle for pike, crappie or perch.
“Wally is getting a ton of attention — he’s popular,” said Big Al Macintyre, president of the Petrie Island Ice Fishermen’s Association.
Looking for an eye-catching entry for Orléans’ Parade of Lights, the association hatched the plan then built the fish with the help of the neighbourhood bait and tackle shop, Oziles. A metal frame was covered with the plastic used to winterize boats then painted with spray guns.
Now a bit battered, Wally has been drafted to promote fishing.