Two new catch-and-release records caught on the same day in different rivers.
Minnesota has two new state records for catch-and-release when two different anglers managed to land a massive flathead catfish and a sturgeon on the same day.
The fish are the first state records in Minnesota's expanded records program that just added the catch-and-release category for muskie, lake sturgeon and flathead catfish this year. Both fish were caught on May 8 in different river locations. The first, a 62 7/8-inch long, 29-inch girth lake sturgeon was caught by Cindy Pawlowski on the Rainy River in Koochiching County.
Pawlowski's big catch was the first caught that day when it took some night crawlers at seven in the morning. That evening, in Washington County on the St. Croix River, Steven DeMars had a 47-inch long flathead catfish take his bullhead bait at around 7:30 p.m.
DeMars' massive flathead had a chunky 30-inch girth. The Minnesota DNR is excited to see anglers participating in the new catch-and-release program.
"Congratulations to our first two record holders in the record program we expanded this year," Mike Kurre, manager of the MDNR's record fish program in a press release. "It's great to see these photos and applications and know there are still chances for other anglers to catch these enormous fish."
And there is still one species that hasn't seen an application submitted yet. The new muskie catch-and-release record is still up for grabs. For more information on Minnesota's new catch and release records, refer to their information page.