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Record-Breaking Mammoth Muskie Found Dead on Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake

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Mille Lacs Lake has become Minnesota’s own Loch Ness, always full of surprises.

Another gigantic muskie has been revealed by the infamous lake. This time, it would have been a new state record. According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Gary Gilbert, of Becker, Minnesota, found this 59 1/2 inch muskie floating dead on the lake.

Gary was reportedly on his way to fish walleyes with his wife when they stumbled upon the creature. At first glance, he thought that was what was floating on the surface of the lake.

I can’t imagine the look on his face when he realized how wrong he was! This is truly an amazing fish, and an unforgettable experience for Mr. Gilbert and his wife.

Mille Lacs is known to harbor muskies of astronomical proportions. Tales of giants like this being caught, or seen, have seemingly increased over the past few years. Many avid muskie anglers are worried about the age and overall health of Mille Lac’s muskellunge population, though. Stocking efforts have dropped off almost entirely for this species, and the remaining muskies within the lake are all rumored to be old, big, and dying.

Perhaps the lake’s unveiling of a fish of this proportion is a sign. A sign that the Minnesota fishing community hopes will alert the local government and Department of Natural Resources to protect this lake, and all of the trophy fish species it possesses.

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Record-Breaking Mammoth Muskie Found Dead on Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake