Minn. man hooks rare 'albino' muskie in metro waters


Coon Rapids angler Joe Mikalojczyk hooked a rare fish on Monday, a 46-inch albino muskie, the Star Tribune and KARE 11 report.

Neither source disclosed an exact location (a courtesy to the fish?) but they noted it was in the Twin Cities. Department of Natural Resources officials probably won't confirm that the fish was an albino because Mikalojczyk released it, the Star Tribune reports.

The 23-year-old fisherman described the muskie as looking like a ghost as it he reeled it in, the Star Tribune reported. Albino muskies are extremely rare. USA Today wrote about one caught in Wisconsin in 2005. "I've never seen nor heard of an albino muskie, so it's an unusual fish to say the least," a longtime fisheries researcher for the state Department of Natural Resources in Madison, told the newspaper at the time.

A 51-inch albino was caught in the lower Flambeau River in Rusk County, Wis., in 2010.

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