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Two Fishing Records Set on Same Day in Two Different Rivers, Two Different Fish

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The Minnesota Deparment of Natural Resources (DNR) reported that records were set in the state for angling when when two anglers caught giant-sized fish. A flathead sturgeon and a catfish were the fish caught and photographed.

The catches were documented May 8. They were both the first records for the state's expanded catch and release fishing program.

One of the records was set by Cindy Pawlowski of Frazee. She reeled in the massive lake sturgeon on Rainy River in Koochiching County, according to the DNR. The fish measured just about 63 inches long with 29 inches of girth. Bait used was night crawlers at 7:00 in the morning.

Steven DeMars set the other record catch. He is from Stillwater and he caught the flathead catfish in the St. Croix River located in Washington County, a northeastern metro area community. This particular catfish measured 47 inches long. It had 30 inches of girth. The bait used to catch the giant was bullhead. It took the bait around 7:30 p.m., according to the DNR.

Read more about this and the fishing program for Minnesota catch and release below on our Zoom Village site.

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