Fishing With Grandpa Kralovec


Grandpa and the boys, originally uploaded by bill kralovec.

Yesterday my father helped the boys go fishing for a second time this summer. We went to the nearby Caspian Mine Pit. It is a former open pit iron ore mine. The Caspian Mine had its heydey back about 100 years ago. In the 1960’s, my grandfather and mine employee, Arthur Heikkila, was the last man in the mine and as he shut down the pumps, the water began to fill in. The Iron County Museum is based in one of its buildings and the city of Caspian has turned it into a recreational area. The DNR planted trout in the pit this spring.

We had a few bites off of the fishing dock shown above. Owen is getting good at casting and even Ollie managed to bring a shiner up to the surface. Owen was so excited to get a shiner out of the water. I can imagine his reaction if he ever catches a fish.

It was a very cold and rainy day. Nadia went for a run in the afternoon and took Oliver and Ocean out in the wagon following her. Last night we watched movies.

4 thoughts on “Fishing With Grandpa Kralovec

    • A pond may sound more romantic, but this body of water is 80 feet deep and made by the Verona Mining Company. Thanks for reading!!!

  • Sorry, but the Caspian mine was not an open-pit mine. The pit was formed when the land subsided over old underground workings. There were several pits in the area and my brother and I along with the Bailey kids and others would play in them. They were strictly off limits and the mine cops would shoo us away if they found us. Many more memories of those days–thanks for the submissions.

    • Thanks – I would love to learn more about mining industry in the area. Growing up in Caspian in the 1970s and 80s, they were always a source of entertainment. Many a day we came home with red stained clothes from the ore. Even today, I see kids riding their bikes on the old ore piles in Caspian. I wonder how much environmental damage they caused and how much it would cost to completely clean it up. I see that the Iron River is much cleaner today, we used to call it the “Red” river.

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