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10 Biggest Fish Caught in Michigan [PICS]

Sometimes, size does matter, especially when it comes to fishing.

The waters in Michigan have produced some monster fish, as the 10 biggest fish on record show.

Just one look at this list of the largest fish on record and you'll understand why anglers come from near and far to experience the best Michigan fishing has to offer. 

Quite a few of these fish have gone unchallenged without a new state record in quite some time. 

1. 193-pound Lake Sturgeon

Caught in 1974 on Mullett Lake in Cheboygan County.

2.61.5-pound Lake Trout

Caught in 1997 on Lake Superior.

3. 61.5-pound Carp

Caught in 1974 on Wolf Lake in Jackson, County. Actual fish not pictured...

4. 58-pound Great Lakes Muskellunge

Caught in 2012 on Lake Bellaire in Antrim, County.

5. 52-pound Flathead Catfish

Caught in 2014 on Barron Lake in Cass County.


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6.51.19-pound Tiger Musky

Caught in 1919 on Lac Vieux Desert in Gogebic County. It's hard to believe this state record has stood for 100 years now!

7. 49.75-pound Northern Muskellunge

Caught in 2000 on Thornapple Lake in Barry County. Not actual fish pictured...

8. 46.06-pound Chinook Salmon

Caught in 1978 on the Grand River in Kent County. Not actual fish pictured.

9. 41.45-pound Brown Trout

Caught in 2009 on the Manistee River in Manistee County.

10. 46.54-pound Black Buffalo

According to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, this record was just broken last year via bowfishing methods on the Grand River in Ottawa County. Pictured is the previous record, a 41-pounder taken in 2014. 

Fishing in Michigan can be amazing and there is your proof. Plenty of other Michigan fishing records like the northern pike, yellow perch, walleye and coho salmon have stood for over 40 years or more. It's only a matter of time before those records are broken. Maybe you can make this list one day.