Out of all the fish Minnesota is famous for, hearing about somebody catching a record white bass shouldn’t be that surprising.
As it turns out, for avid angler Kanchic Yang, it was just another day on the water. With his fish weighing in at 4 pounds, 8 ounces, it easily beat the old record by six ounces. Yang’s 20-inch fish was also noted as having an incredible 16-inch girth!
“This shows how much fun it can be to fish in the metro area. A huge fish might be one cast away,” said Mike Kurre of the Minnesota DNR in an interview.
White bass are native to Minnesota but state stockings have greatly increased their presence in the “Land of 10,000 Lakes”. This new record came from Vadnais Lake, but 5,000 fingerling white bass were stocked in Lake Phalen, earlier in the year.
White bass are a prized catch all over the country where these fish swim. They are known as impressive fighters and readily eat many different presentations. Fly fishermen often target these fish, but bait fishermen to casters can find equal success.
Congrats Mr. Yang on a great fish! You deserve it!