DNR certifies new catch-and-release state-record muskie

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(Minnesota DNR)

An angler on Lake Vermilion caught and released Minnesota’s new state record muskellunge, a 57-1/four inch fish that he referred to as a “true giant.”

The Minnesota DNR certified the state catch-and-release record fish on Oct. 11. The 57-1/four inch fish had a 25-1/two inch girth with an estimated weight of about 47 pounds. The prior record was a 56 7/eight inch fish caught on Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County in 2016.

The record catch took on particular which means for new record-holder Corey Kitzmann of Davenport, Iowa. Although alone on Aug. six at his family members cabin on Lake Vermilion, Kitzmann was sitting at the table tying a homemade bucktail lure. Then he received a telephone contact relaying negative news – a single of his greatest pals had passed away from a healthcare situation at age 40.

With no one about to grieve with, Kitzmann went fishing.

“I worked my way by way of my favored milk run of spots with my newly tied bucktail, pondering about all the techniques my buddy had impacted my life and the memories we had shared collectively,” Kitzmann mentioned. “I’m not certain there is a improved spot in the complete planet to reflect on life than in a boat on Lake Vermilion.”

Following a couple hours with no action, he pulled up to a single of his favored spots that had been hot earlier in the week, fishing with his bucktail and 80-pound line.

“When I set the hook, I knew promptly that I had a good fish on. It wasn’t till the fish created its way to the side of the boat that I realized I had a accurate giant,” he mentioned.

The fish created a couple of trips about the boat, below the trolling motor, and even gave a jump or two. Kitzmann grabbed his net and managed to make a thriving scoop to net the fish and haul it into the boat.

A nearby boater and his family members had been watching the fight unfold and Kitzmann waved his arms asking for aid. A man pulled up, jumped in his boat and was in a position to take photographs and help with the release.

Following a handful of photographs, Kitzmann got the fish back in the water, supported its belly and watched the fish swim out of sight. He described what followed as two hours of floating aimlessly across the lake generating telephone calls to family members and pals, such as his dad who had gotten him into muskie fishing when he was eight years old.

“As the telephone calls winded down I couldn’t aid but feel that a single of my greatest pals, Brian Cronkleton, was hunting down on me that day – Aug. six, 2019, is a day that I’ll undoubtedly in no way overlook,” Kitzmann mentioned.

The DNR announces new state records in news releases, on social media and on the DNR web-site. Obtain present records and suggestions for every kind of state record at mndnr.gov/recordfish.

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