Northwoods Hospital Treats 100 Fishing Injuries Each Year

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As you get ready to hit the water for the fishing opener, keep in mind that your fishing lures can catch more than just walleye and muskies.
As it turns out, they can also catch you.

Howard Young Medical Center sees a steady stream of people coming into the ER at the start of the fishing season who have hooked themselves on fishing lures.

The accidents generally happen either when people are casting a line or when trying to unhook a fish.
An emergency room doctor says removing the lures has become a routine he and his staff have grown all too accustom to.

"We here at Howard Young see about 100 to 150 patients each year that need fish hooks removed. At our Hospital in Eagle River we see about 50 to 75 patients a year. Combined, that is quite a few people." says Dr. Roderick Brodhead.

The hospital actually has a special wall in the emergency room filled with many of the lures that have been removed from patients over the years.

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