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Some things you've seen on your underwater camera other than fish?

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I was out today and seen what looked like a hammer from the early 1900's. How about you guys, what are some intresting things you've seen laying on the bottom of the lake..

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lots of junk / trash. 20 gallon tin garbage can was wierdest thing, on a fairly shallow reef on Mille Lacs.

A couple, two,three years ago a fisherman found a WWII vintage plane in Green Lake (Spicer, MN) that had been "lost" for many years. Pretty cool find.

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What! A WWII plane!! Someone needs to dig up a news paper story on this one!

Here it is

Fishermen get a line on a mystery

Tracy Swartz, Star Tribune

July 6, 2004 PLANE0706

Cory Fladeboe was frustrated. An hour had passed since he and a friend had caught a walleye in Green Lake on Saturday. So Fladeboe dunked his underwater camera to find out why the fish weren't biting.

Then he saw it: the propeller of a Cessna-style high-wing, single-engine plane, covered with silt, 35 feet below the surface.

They circled the boat, and Fladeboe bounced the camera against the plane's tail and ran it along the fuselage and over the wing to confirm the discovery. Aware of the legend of Green Lake, the fishermen knew immediately that they had stumbled on the military plane that crashed into the west-central Minnesota lake 45 years ago.

"It looked pretty awesome," said Fladeboe, 25, of Willmar.

Fladeboe returned Sunday with divers who say the plane fits the description of the Army Cessna L-19 Birddog that plunged into the 5,400-acre lake near Spicer on Oct. 15, 1958.

Tail of the missing National Guard plane.Associated PressThe body of the National Guard pilot, Capt. Richard Carey of Willmar, was found in the lake two weeks later.

Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Roe said he may find out today if the numbers on the plane's tail match FAA and Army records.

"Until the military puts its stamp of approval on it, it's still in limbo," said Roe, adding that the plane eventually may be raised, preserved and placed in a museum.

The plane is in "excellent shape," said Michael Terhune, of St. Cloud, one of six divers who inspected it Sunday.

Looking toward the instrument panelMike TerhuneWest Central TribuneTerhune, 46, said he didn't see holes in the plane or damage to the wings. But the propeller is bent back, and the cockpit's front and back windshields are broken.

Terhune took 50 pictures of the submerged plane and plans to return soon to Green Lake, about 100 miles west of the Twin Cities, with divers who will videotape the site.

One diver who plans to be there is Bill Matthies, owner of the Minnesota School of Diving in Brainerd. He searched for the plane five times in the 1960s to recover radio equipment for the Civil Air Patrol.

In 1962, Matthies went door to door near Green Lake to see if anyone heard or saw where the plane crashed. He dived in the southwest quadrant of the lake, where the pilot's body was found. The plane discovered Saturday is in the lake's northwest corner.

Matthies, 68, abandoned his search in 1963, when a man told him the plane had been hauled from the lake.

"I was stunned when they said they found the plane," Matthies said. "I'd like to dive on it to make that closure."

George Couleur, a Green Lake resident for 46 years, also is looking for closure. Couleur became water-safety officer for the Kandiyohi County Sheriff's Office the year after Carey's plane was lost and looked for the plane for years. He retired in 1988 but helped a dive crew search the lake a few years ago.

Couleur, 78, said the pilot was advised not to fly from Rochester because conditions around Willmar were too foggy, but he flew anyway. When his body was found, there were no bruises, which indicated he had crashed into the water.

But trying to find the plane was like "looking for a needle in a haystack," Couleur said.

Volunteers who monitor the water clarity of Green Lake consistently report they can see about 7 to 12 feet down, according to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Except near the shoreline, the lake is far deeper than that -- 110 feet at its deepest point -- so the lake bottom rarely is visible.

"It's lucky they found it," Couleur said.

Edna Carey, the pilot's widow, wasn't so sure. Her reaction to the plane's discovery was "not so good." She said she thought it would never be found.

"It was just a mystery," said Carey, 82, who lives in Willmar.

Tracy Swartz is at

tswartz@startribune.com.

Story Link (http://www.startribune.com/stories/462/4861814.html)

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I have used mine twice to find my own chisel in 2 different lakes after the kids have dropped it in! It is the old style with the baseball bat handle. Both times it was buried up to the wood. The first time Idid not have a rope through it and managed to get my gaff into the handle. Second time I had rope so I got the gaff into that. I told them I will have to start carving notches in this thing every time I retreive it from the dark ,icy depths! I have had it over 25 years. Starting to get some sentimental value.

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I had a water dog bounce across the bottom of a lake that was wierd looking, something with legs underwater!!!

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That plane story is about the coolest one I have ever read on here. Good stuff.

BTW, just fish and a lake bottom for me on the Aqua Vu.

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Holly C R A P Goose89. I will never again, not believe a fishermans story!!! shocked Weeell?

MJcat, thanks for the report! Very cool stuff! Never heard about the plane in the lake!

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could you imagin how many times people have probably bounced a mister twister over that thing its amazing it wasn't found sooner

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Can't count how many anchors I have seen. Wish I had a heavy duty magenant to pull them up. Other than that I have seen lots of cans a few lawn chairs a old motor an oar bunch of tires oh and a dart and a cell phone that fell down the hole.

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I stumbled onto this big "rock" or whatever it is. It's about 6 feet tall, maybe 14 feet long? Seems to be a fish magnet. I GPS'd the coordinates on my humminbird side imaging unit, and had visited it several times over last summer and fall. Found it totally by accident. It's in around 16 feet of water. First thought it might be a boat from what the side imaging showed. But after going back with my aqua-vu I'm not sure really what it is.

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That is one big bolder. Good control of the camera, considering it was in a boat. I don't think that I would be able to hold it that steady. Excellent. grin

What lake is that? I am looking for some nice clear lakes to go do some diving in.

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Bottom and weeds for mine.

For the plane, how the heck did he bounce down the tail and along the plane? They musta drilled a ton of holes to do that.

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I saw an old 14-16 foot boat on Lake Crystal in Burnsville. It looked like it had been there a long time. It was in about 14-16 feet and the water was murky so it was kind of hard to see it clearly and get a make. This was during the summer time and it was alittle windy so it was hard to stay in the area.

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