The Michigan quillback state record has been broken again for the second time in 2015.
It has been a good year for Michigan anglers for catching state record fish. Five records have been broken in 2015 thus far with the Michigan quillback state record having already been broken twice.
The record was first broken on June 20, 2015 when angler Garrett Reid of Nashville, Michigan caught an 8.52-pound quillback carpsucker that measured 24 inches in length.
Reid’s fish was caught in Hardy Dam Pond which is also where the current record holder caught his quillback.
On July 16, 2015 at 11:42 PM, angler Blake Wilson of Lake Ann, Michigan was bowfishing on Hardy Dam Pond when he put an arrow through what would become the new Michigan quillback state record fish.
Wilson’s quillback tipped the scales at 9.42 pound and measured in at 25 inches in length.
Hardy Dam Pond, which is located in Newaygo County, is also home to panfish, pike, walleye, bass and other species. However, it seems to be the best at growing large quillbacks for bow angler to target.
“This is another example of the unique fishing opportunities we have in Michigan – particularly in the northern Lower Peninsula,” said Scott Heintzelman of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MIDNR).
“More and more people are enjoying the sport of bowfishing and this water body’s quillback population, but Hardy Dam Pond also produces really nice panfish, walleye, bass, pike and other species.”
If you want to try your hand at breaking the Michigan quillback state record yourself, you may want to consider Hardy Dam Pond as your fishing destination.
Michigan state records are determined by weight of the fish. The MIDNR reminds any bow anglers to properly dispose of anything they may catch.
Check out the full list of current Michigan state record fish here.
All images via Michigan Division of Natural Resources