DNR sees spike in record fish applications

Trophy-seeking anglers have been busy this spring, turning in what the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) calls “a boatload” of applications for the state’s record fish program.

The applications include catches of rare species like shortnose gar, lake sturgeon, golden redhorse and the quillback carpsucker.

“This is by far the wildest, craziest spring we’ve ever had. We’ve never had so many record submissions and so much interest in such a short span of time,” said Mike Kurre, state record fish program coordinator. “They’re are all impressive catches and show interest in the program is growing and that there are some huge fish out there in Minnesota.”

The DNR says there are two types of Minnesota state records: One for catching and keeping the biggest fish in each species based on certified weight; and the second for length of a caught and released muskellunge, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish.

So far the record count this year stands at four: a 5-pound 4-ounce shortnose gar caught by Cayden Hutmacher; two caught and released lake sturgeon that were 70 inches long caught by Tim Deiman and Mark Minnick; and a 4-pound 7-ounce golden redhorse reeled in by Mathew Williams.

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