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.

Catch-and-release length

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 Program, 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.

To enter, submit this application

Choose a fish species to learn more about the record fish and angler. Click on images to enlarge.

Flathead catfish
Current catch-and-release record flathead catfish
  • Length: 52½ inches
  • Girth: 32 inches
  • Caught: Aug. 2, 2017
  • Place: St. Croix River
  • County: Washington
  • Angler: Mark Mosby, St. Anthony
Muskellunge
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
Lake sturgeon
Current catch-and-release record lake sturgeon.
  • Length: 73 inches
  • Girth: 30 inches
  • Caught: May 4, 2018
  • Place: Rainy River
  • County: Koochiching
  • Angler: Jack Burke, Stillwater
Northern pike
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To enter

Submit this application.

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 Program,  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 and send it along with a clear, full-length photo of your fish to the address listed on the form.
Certified weight table

Scroll through the table to find sizes and where and when they were caught.

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Bass, Largemouth81523½17½Auburn LakeCarver10/3/2005
Bass, Rock  Tie2013½12½Lake OsakisTodd5/10/1998
Bass, Rock  Tie2012½12⅜Lake WinnibigoshishCass8/30/2004
Bass, Smallmouth80UnknownUnknownWest Battle LakeOtter Tail1948
Bass, White482016Vadnais LakeRamsey10/1/0/2016
Bowfin12931½18Mississippi RiverWabasha9/14/2012
Buffalo, Bigmouth411138⅜29½Pool 4 Mississippi RiverGoodhue5/7/1991
Buffalo, Black20034⅛20Minnesota RiverNicollet6/26/1997
Buffalo, Smallmouth2003223¾Big SandyAitkin9/20/2003
Bullhead, Black31317⅛14⅞Reno LakePope6/8/1997
Bullhead, Brown7124⅜UnknownShallow LakeItasca5/21/1974
Bullhead, Yellow31017⅞11¾Lake OsakisTodd8/5/2002
Burbot (Eelpout)19103323Lake of the Woods
near Baudette
Lake of the
Woods
12/19/16

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Carp, Common5554231Clearwater LakeWright7/10/1952
Carpsucker, Quillback7422⅝18Upper Red LakeBeltrami8/9/2010
Carpsucker, River4621⅝16Minnesota RiverCarver11/19/2012
Catfish, Channel38044UnknownMississippi RiverHennepin2/16/1975
Catfish, Flathead700UnknownUnknownSt. Croix RiverWashington1970
Crappie, Black 5021UnknownVermillion RiverDakota1940
Crappie, White3151816Lake ConstanceWright7/28/2002
Drum, Freshwater
(Sheepshead)
3533631Mississippi River near WinonaWinona10/5/1999
Eel, American694214St. Croix River near StillwaterWashington8/8/1997
Gar, Longnose16125316½St. Croix River near PrescottWashington5/4/1982
Gar, Shortnose543111¾Minnesota RiverRenville4/17/2017

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Hogsucker, Northern11514¼7⅛Sunrise River near SunriseChisago8/16/1982
Mooneye11516½Minnesota RiverRedwood6/18/1980
Mooneye, Goldeye2132011½Root River near HokahHouston6/10/2001
Muskellunge5405627¾Lake WinnibigoshishItasca1957
Muskellunge, Tiger34125122½Lake ElmoWashington7/7/1999
Perch, Yellow34UnknownUnknownLake PlantagenetHubbard1945
Pike, Northern4512UnknownUnknownBasswood LakeLake 5/16/1929
Redhorse, Golden472112½Root River  Fillmore5/13/17
Redhorse, Greater121128½18½Sauk RiverStearns5/20/2005
Redhorse, River121028⅜20Kettle RiverPine5/20/2005
Redhorse, Shorthead7152715Rum River near RamseyAnoka8/5/1983
Redhorse, Silver10626¾17½Rainy RiverKoochiching4/28/2018

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Salmon, Atlantic121335½16½Baptism RiverLake  10/12/1991
Salmon, Chinook -
(King) Tie
33444¾25¾Poplar RiverCook9/23/1989
Salmon, Chinook -
(King) Tie
33442¼26⅛Lake SuperiorSt. Louis10/12/1989
Salmon, Coho10627⅜UnknownLake Superior near
Baptism River
Lake11/7/1970
Salmon, Kokanee2152011½Caribou LakeItasca8/6/1971
Salmon, Pink4823½13⅛Cascade RiverCook 9/9/1989
Sauger6223⅞15Mississippi River near Red Wing
(L&D No.3)
Goodhue5/23/1988
Saugeye,
Walleye x Sauger Hybrid
9132717¾Mississippi River near Red WingGoodhue3/20/1999
Sturgeon, Lake9447026½Kettle RiverPine9/5/1994
Sturgeon, Shovelnose673313¾Mississippi River near Red Wing  Goodhue2/19/2012
Sucker, Blue14330⅜20¼Mississippi River near AlmaWabasha2/28/1987
Sucker, Longnose3102110¼Brule RiverCook5/19/2005
Sucker, White9124¼16¼Big Fish LakeStearns5/1/1983
Sunfish, Bluegill213UnknownUnknownAlice LakeHubbard1948
Sunfish, Green1410¼10⅝North Arbor LakeHennepin6/14/2005
Sunfish, Hybrid
(Bluegill X Green Sunfish)
11211½12Middle Branch of the
Zumbro River
Olmsted7/9/1994
Sunfish, Pumpkinseed151012⅛Leech LakeCass6/6/1999

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Trout, Brook652414½Pigeon RiverCook9/2/2000
Trout, Brown161231⅜20½Lake SuperiorSt. Louis6/23/1989
Trout, Lake438UnknownUnknownLake Superior near HovlandCook5/30/1955
Trout, Rainbow
(Steelhead)
1663319½Devil Track RiverCook4/27/1980
Trout, Splake
(Brook x Lake Trout Hybrid)
13533½19Larson LakeItasca2/11/2001
Trout, Tiger29209⅝Mill CreekOlmsted8/7/1999
Tullibee (Cisco)51320¾16¾Sybil LakeOtter Tail3/9/2015
Walleye17835¾21¼Seagull River at Saganaga LakeCook5/13/1979
Warmouth098Pool 6 Bartlet LakeWinona12/23/2011
Whitefish, Lake12428½20Leech Lake near WalkerCass3/21/1999
Whitefish, Menominee
(Round)
27219Lake SuperiorCook4/27/1987