ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources says a huge muskie caught on Lake Vermilion is a new catch-and-release record.
The DNR said Monday the 57¼ inch (1447.8 millimeter) muskie weighed about 47 pounds (21.3 kilograms) and was caught by Corey Kitzmann in August. The previous record was a 56 7/8 inch fish caught on Pelican Lake in Otter Tail County in 2016.
Kitzmann says when he set the hook he knew immediately he had a good-sized fish, but it wasn't until the fish made its way to the side of his boat that he realized he had "a true giant."
Minnesota Public Radio News says a nearby boater helped him haul the muskie into his boat.