Anglers have set new Minnesota state records for Whitefish and Golden Redhorse.

The Minnesota DNR has already been busy certifying new State Records for Fish.

First an angler from Oklahoma caught a 13 pound, 9 ounce Whitefish while on his first ice fishing trip. The second record fish caught this year is a golden redhorse weighing in at 4 pound, 13 ounces by an angler who wasn’t about to let anyone break his record so he did it himself.

Minnesota has to categories for State record fish.

  • Fish that are caught and kept
  • Fish that are catch and release only (Northern Pike, Muskellunge, Lake Sturgeon and Flathead Catfish)

On April 6th Oklahoma native Billy King decided to give Ice fishing in Minnesota’s’ Lake of the Woods a try.

Billy and two other anglers were having success catching  walleye, sauger, and tulibee, it seemed in the beginning that his friends were going to have a better fishing experience as they all spent the evening waiting for the sunset Walleye to get their bite on as they fished near a sandbar.

King could have gotten discouraged as he watched his friends pulling in more fish than him but he stayed at his spot and wow what rewards. First he caught the biggest walleye of the day! That was just the beginning, he knew this was an awesome first ice fishing trip when shortly after getting the walleye he pulled in a huge Whitefish!

Oklahoma Native Billy King holding his Minnesota State Record Whitefish caught during his first ever Ice fishing trip.
Oklahoma Native Billy King holding his Minnesota State Record Whitefish caught during his first ever Ice fishing trip.

“This turned out to be the trip of a lifetime and I have to say that everyone was so nice. Not just in relation to the potential new state record but everyone was so polite and welcoming. It made the trip all the more enjoyable,” King said.

Ethan Rasset is no stranger to state fishing records. In April of 2018 he caught his first state record Golden Redhorse which weighted in at 4 pounds, 8 ounces while fishing the Otter Tail River.

On March 24th he decided to take a fishing trip with a couple of college buddies and see if the Otter Tail still had any big fish to offer.

During the early morning he caught a few smaller golden redhorse. His chartreuse curly-tail artificial lure proved to be to much for this 4 pound, 13 ounce fish who was in a shallow flat covered in rubble to resist. Now Ethan Rasset holds the Minnesota State record for the biggest Golden Redhorse for the Second time, and he was pretty excited about it!

 

Ethan Rasset Holds his Second Minnesota State Record Golden Redhorse
Ethan Rasset Holds his Second Minnesota State Record Golden Redhorse

“Very few people can say they have broken a state record twice!” Rasset said.

 

 

 

Current records and information about how to submit documentation for a record fish are available at mndnr.gov/recordfish.

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