Minnesota state record fish programs

State record fish programs

When you catch a big fish, no matter what the species, it is always a thrill, and it usually requires exceptional fishing skill. The Minnesota DNR honors any angler who breaks a state record.

There are two kinds of Minnesota state records: One for catching and keeping the biggest fish in each species based on certified weight; and the other for the length of a caught-and-released muskellunge, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish.

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Catch-and-release length

Flathead catfish

 

Muskellunge

 

Lake sturgeon

Current catch-and-release record flathead catfish

  • Length: 49 inches
  • Girth: 32½ inches
  • Caught: June 7, 2016
  • Place: Minnesota River
  • County: Scott
  • Angler: Jacob Robinson, Shakopee
Current catch-and-release record muskellunge.

  • Length: 56⅞ inches
  • Girth: 25½ inches
  • Caught: June 25, 2016
  • Place: Pelican Lake
  • County: Otter Tail
  • Angler: Andrew Slette, Hawley
Current catch-and-release record lake sturgeon.

  • Length: 67½ inches
  • Girth: 27 inches
  • Caught: April 15, 2016
  • Place: Rainy River
  • County: Lake of the Woods
  • Angler: Darren Troseth, Jordan

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Information

With the increased popularity of catch and release fishing and higher minimum lengths, many anglers are reluctant to harvest record-weight fish. To address this concern, DNR has created a record program for catch-and-release length for three species: muskellunge, lake sturgeon and flathead catfish.

This program is being cross-promoted with the Minnesota Fishing Hall of Fame's Master Angler ProgramThis link leads to an external site. which recognizes 60 fish species. We hope that anglers will consider this new program if they catch a large muskie, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish.


Certified weight

If you catch a fish that you think could be a record, follow these steps:

  • Weigh the fish on a state-certified scale (found at most bait shops and butcher shops), witnessed by two observers.
  • Take the fish to a DNR fisheries office for positive identification and a state record fish application.
  • Complete the State Record Fish submission form PDF and send it along with a clear, full-length photo of your fish to the address listed on the form.
  • Learn about becoming a Master Angler

 

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Bass, Largemouth 8 15 23½ 17½ Auburn Lake Carver 10/3/2005
Bass, Rock  Tie 2 0 13½ 12½ Lake Osakis Todd 5/10/1998
Bass, Rock  Tie 2 0 12½ 12⅜ Lake Winnibigoshish Cass 8/30/2004
Bass, Smallmouth 8 0 Unknown Unknown West Battle Lake Otter Tail 1948
Bass, White 4 8 20 16 Vadnais Lake Ramsey 10/1/0/2016
Bowfin 12 9 31½ 18 Mississippi River Wabasha 9/14/2012
Buffalo, Bigmouth 41 11 38⅜ 29½ Pool 4 Mississippi River Goodhue 5/7/1991
Buffalo, Black 20 0 34⅛ 20 Minnesota River Nicollet 6/26/1997
Buffalo, Smallmouth 20 0 32 23¾ Big Sandy Aitkin 9/20/2003
Bullhead, Black 3 13 17⅛ 14⅞ Reno Lake Pope 6/8/1997
Bullhead, Brown 7 1 24⅜ Unknown Shallow Lake Itasca 5/21/1974
Bullhead, Yellow 3 10 17⅞ 11¾ Lake Osakis Todd 8/5/2002
Burbot (Eelpout) 19 8 36½ 24 Lake of the Woods
near Williams
Lake of the
Woods
2/24/2012

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Carp, Common 55 5 42 31 Clearwater Lake Wright 7/10/1952
Carpsucker, Quillback 7 4 22⅝ 18 Upper Red Lake Beltrami 8/9/2010
Carpsucker, River 4 6 21⅝ 16 Minnesota River Carver 11/19/2012
Catfish, Channel 38 0 44 Unknown Mississippi River Hennepin 2/16/1975
Catfish, Flathead 70 0 Unknown Unknown St. Croix River Washington 1970
Crappie, Black  5 0 21 Unknown Vermillion River Dakota 1940
Crappie, White 3 15 18 16 Lake Constance Wright 7/28/2002
Drum, Freshwater
(Sheepshead)
35 3 36 31 Mississippi River near Winona Winona 10/5/1999
Eel, American 6 9 42 14 St. Croix River near Stillwater Washington 8/8/1997
Gar, Longnose 16 12 53 16½ St. Croix River near Prescott Washington 5/4/1982
Gar, Shortnose 4 9 34½ 10 Mississippi River Hennepin 7/22/1984

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Hogsucker, Northern 1 15 14¼ 7⅛ Sunrise River near Sunrise Chisago 8/16/1982
Mooneye 1 15 16½ Minnesota River Redwood 6/18/1980
Mooneye, Goldeye 2 13 20 11½ Root River near Hokah Houston 6/10/2001
Muskellunge 54 0 56 27¾ Lake Winnibigoshish Itasca 1957
Muskellunge, Tiger 34 12 51 22½ Lake Elmo Washington 7/7/1999
Perch, Yellow 3 4 Unknown Unknown Lake Plantagenet Hubbard 1945
Pike, Northern 45 12 Unknown Unknown Basswood Lake Lake  5/16/1929
Redhorse, Golden 4 1 20¾ 12¾ Root River   Fillmore 5/8/15
Redhorse, Greater 12 11 28½ 18½ Sauk River Stearns 5/20/2005
Redhorse, River 12 10 28⅜ 20 Kettle River Pine 5/20/2005
Redhorse, Shorthead 7 15 27 15 Rum River near Ramsey Anoka 8/5/1983
Redhorse, Silver 9 15 26½ 16⅞ Bigfork River Koochiching 4/16/2004

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Salmon, Atlantic 12 13 35½ 16½ Baptism River Lake   10/12/1991
Salmon, Chinook -
(King) Tie
33 4 44¾ 25¾ Poplar River Cook 9/23/1989
Salmon, Chinook -
(King) Tie
33 4 42¼ 26⅛ Lake Superior St. Louis 10/12/1989
Salmon, Coho 10 6 27⅜ Unknown Lake Superior near
Baptism River
Lake 11/7/1970
Salmon, Kokanee 2 15 20 11½ Caribou Lake Itasca 8/6/1971
Salmon, Pink 4 8 23½ 13⅛ Cascade River Cook  9/9/1989
Sauger 6 2 23⅞ 15 Mississippi River near Red Wing
(L&D No.3)
Goodhue 5/23/1988
Saugeye,
Walleye x Sauger Hybrid
9 13 27 17¾ Mississippi River near Red Wing Goodhue 3/20/1999
Sturgeon, Lake 94 4 70 26½ Kettle River Pine 9/5/1994
Sturgeon, Shovelnose 6 7 33 13¾ Mississippi River near Red Wing   Goodhue 2/19/2012
Sucker, Blue 14 3 30⅜ 20¼ Mississippi River near Alma Wabasha 2/28/1987
Sucker, Longnose 3 10 21 10¼ Brule River Cook 5/19/2005
Sucker, White 9 1 24¼ 16¼ Big Fish Lake Stearns 5/1/1983
Sunfish, Bluegill 2 13 Unknown Unknown Alice Lake Hubbard 1948
Sunfish, Green 1 4 10¼ 10⅝ North Arbor Lake Hennepin 6/14/2005
Sunfish, Hybrid
(Bluegill X Green Sunfish)
1 12 11½ 12 Middle Branch of the
Zumbro River
Olmsted 7/9/1994
Sunfish, Pumpkinseed 1 5 10 12⅛ Leech Lake Cass 6/6/1999

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Trout, Brook 6 5 24 14½ Pigeon River Cook 9/2/2000
Trout, Brown 16 12 31⅜ 20½ Lake Superior St. Louis 6/23/1989
Trout, Lake 43 8 Unknown Unknown Lake Superior near Hovland Cook 5/30/1955
Trout, Rainbow
(Steelhead)
16 6 33 19½ Devil Track River Cook 4/27/1980
Trout, Splake
(Brook x Lake Trout Hybrid)
13 5 33½ 19 Larson Lake Itasca 2/11/2001
Trout, Tiger 2 9 20 9⅝ Mill Creek Olmsted 8/7/1999
Tullibee (Cisco) 5 13 20¾ 16¾ Sybil Lake Otter Tail
3/9/2015
Walleye 17 8 35¾ 21¼ Seagull River at Saganaga Lake Cook 5/13/1979
Warmouth 0 9 8 Pool 6 Bartlet Lake Winona 12/23/2011
Whitefish, Lake 12 4 28½ 20 Leech Lake near Walker Cass 3/21/1999
Whitefish, Menominee
(Round)
2 7 21 9 Lake Superior Cook 4/27/1987