Minnesota catch-and-release records are dropping like flies!
Since Minnesota introduced catch-and-release records for some fish species this year, it hasn’t taken long for anglers to set new records.
The Minnesota DNR introduced the catch-and-release records program for lake sturgeon, muskie and flathead catfish earlier this year. Now, Andrew Slette is the first to hold the record spot with a 56-7/8 inch long muskie caught out of Otter Tail County’s Pelican Lake.
The huge muskie had a 25 ½ inch girth and came on a day when Slette’s fishing buddy, Josh Karch caught another huge muskie, a 52-incher.
“We now have our first muskie catch-and-release state record, and it certainly sounds like it came out of a memorable day of fishing for both these anglers,” Mike Kurre, the MDNR’s fish record program manager said in a press release.
It took a little bit longer for the first muskie record to come in, but the flathead catfish record was set back in May. Steven DeMars’ 47-inch long flathead didn’t sit at the top very long however. On June 7, Jacob Robinson pulled a 49-incher out of Scott County’s Minnesota River.
He was using a live bullhead for bait when he caught the massive cat. It sported a 32-1/2 inch girth. Amazingly, he was using 100-pound test line and had three other big cats break him off before he landed the 49-incher.
At the rate these new Minnesota record are falling, it wouldn’t be too surprising to see them fall a few more times before summer’s end!