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Published June 27, 2011, 10:17 PM

Area angler remembered for his passion for fishing

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - He was known to many as "Backwater Eddy." An angler who knew every turn of the Red, and all the fishing hot spots around.

By: Kevin Wallevand, WDAY

49 year old Ed Carlson of Moorhead has died after authorities say he drowned while fishing in a small creek in southern Clay County.

Ed Carlson fished some of the biggest lakes, for the most elusive trophies. But it would be on this rural, back road creek south of Moorhead where backwater Eddy would fish his last day. It is unclear how he drowned, heavy rains forced the creek to rise and it is believed Ed somehow fell in.

Alysha Carlson – Ed’s Daughter: “He knew the whole river, he went up and down it all the time.”

Ed's daughter Alysha says her father was known for his fishing prowess. And he was a fisherman who loved to share his secrets and knowledge of the sport.

Alysha Carlson: “Our whole Carlson side of the family were big fishermen that is what they like to do and he took it to another level, it is all he did, his van is covered in stickers.”

For his children, the loss has been sudden and tough to process.

Alysha Carlson: “Knowing how he died if he did drown it is one of the worst ways to go.”

But watching their father live his life on the river, quietly bringing in, then releasing monster fish, that has taught them all something to live by.

I hope I follow him more than I do because I want to follow what I want to do in life like he did.

There are many tributes to "Backwater Eddy" coming in from sportsmen in our area. Go to, click on the easy link tab and "Fishing Buddy."