Records were meant to be broken, right? Well, another record has fallen according to the MN DNR. Jack Burke of Stillwater caught the new record-setting lake sturgeon on the Rainy River in Koochiching County earlier this month. Burke and a friend were having some good luck fishing as they had landed 20 fish already in their three day trip including six lake sturgeon over 60 inches before hooking into the new state record – a 73-inch long lake sturgeon!

Credit MN DNR
Credit MN DNR

Burke caught the fish on May 4, around 11 a.m. using a muskie rod supplied by his fishing partner. The rod only had 80-pound braided line rigged with a circle hook and crawlers on it. The fish measured 73 inches in length and 30 inches in girth. This catch beats the previous record by 3 inches that was set by two separate anglers who both boated 70-inch fish on the same day in April 2017.

In case you were wondering why it was a catch and release 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, northern pike, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish.

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