ST. PAUL — The Minnesota DNR certified a 13-pound, 9-ounce whitefish caught by an Oklahoma angler ice fishing on Lake of the Woods in April, and a 4-pound, 13-ounce golden redhorse caught in March by an angler who beat his own state record.
Ethan Rasset already held the state record for golden redhorse when he was fishing March 24, on the Otter Tail River.
Rasset caught the 4-pound, 13-ounce fish on a jig tipped with a chartreuse grub. The fish was holding on shallow flat that had produced a few smaller suckers earlier in the day.
His previous record was a 4-pound, 8-ounce golden redhorse caught in April 2018, on the Otter Tail River. Rasset said he was quite excited when he suspected he may have broken his own record.
“Very few people can say they have broken a state record twice!” Rasset said.
About two weeks later, Oklahoma angler Billy King was getting an introduction to ice fishing with two other anglers on April 6. They were catching walleye, sauger, and tulibee, then moved to a spot near a sandbar during the twilight walleye bite.
His fishing partners were catching more fish, but King stuck to his spot on the ice and was rewarded with not only the biggest walleye of the day, but soon after, the huge whitefish.
“This turned out to be the trip of a lifetime and I have to say that everyone was so nice,” King said. “Not just in relation to the potential new state record but everyone was so polite and welcoming. It made the trip all the more enjoyable.”
The DNR certifies state record fish in two categories: for fish caught and kept, and caught and released. Releasable species include northern pike, muskie, lake sturgeon and flathead catfish. Current records and information about how to submit documentation for a record fish are available at mndnr.gov/recordfish.