Two state fish records were broken this spring

The golden redhorse and whitefish records have fallen.
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Two new state fishing records have been broken in Minnesota, the DNR has announced.

An angler from Oklahoma has been certified as having caught the state's largest whitefish on Lake of the Woods.

Meanwhile, the golden redhorse record was broken on the Otter Tail River – by the man who already held the state record!

Ethan Rasset made the redhorse catch, which weighed in at 4 lbs 13 oz., beating the 4 lbs 8 oz. redhorse he caught in April 2018.

He was fishing with a friend from college when he made the snag on March 24.

The new whitefish record is held by Billy King, of Oklahoma, who was "getting an introduction to Minnesota ice fishing" on Lake of the Woods when he broke the record.

After fishing for walleye, sauger and tulibee during the day, and seeking a nibble of walleye in the evening, King eventually hauled in his biggest walleye of the day, swiftly followed by a massive whitefish.

The fish, caught on Apr. 6, weighed in at 13 lbs 9 oz.

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"This turned out to be the trip of a lifetime and I have to say that everyone was so nice," King told the DNR. 

"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."

Billy King with his whitefish

Billy King

You can find a full list of Minnesota's record fish here courtesy of the DNR.

The DNR certifies state record fish in two categories: for fish caught and kept; and for caught and released northern pike, muskellunge, lake sturgeon and flathead catfish. 

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