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Biggest Fish Caught in Minnesota by Species

The following is a listing of the record size fish caught in Minnesota, by species. At this time, only those fish caught by hook and line are eligible for a Minnesota State record. Fish caught by bow and arrow, by net, or other means are not included in the State records. (updated: 06/02/2016).

State Record by SpeciesWeightLength (in)Girth (in)Where CaughtCountyRecord Date
Bass, Largemouth8 lb 15 oz23 1/217 1/2Auburn Lake Carver10/5/2005
Bass, Rock (tie)2 lb 0 oz13 1/212 1/2Lake Osakis Todd5/10/1998
Bass, Rock (tie)2 lb 0 oz12 5/812 3/8Lake Winnibigoshish Cass8/30/2004
Bass, Smallmouth8 lb 0 ozno datano dataWest Battle Lake Otter Tail1948
Bass, White4 lb 2 oz18 1/215   Mississippi River Pool 5Wabasha5/4/2004
Bowfin12 lb 9 oz31 1/218   Mississippi RiverWabasha9/14/2012
Buffalo, Bigmouth41 lb 11 oz38 3/829 1/2Mississippi River Pool 4Goodhue5/7/1991
Buffalo, Black20 lb 0 oz34 1/820   Minnesota RiverNicollet6/26/1997
Buffalo, Smallmouth20 lb 0 oz32   23 3/4Big SandyAitkin9/20/2003
Bullhead, Black3 lb 13 oz17 1/814 7/8Reno LakePope6/8/1997
Bullhead, Brown7 lb 1 oz24 3/8no dataShallow LakeItasca5/21/1974
Bullhead, Yellow3 lb 10 oz17 7/811 3/4Osakis LakeTodd8/5/2002
Burbot (Eelpout) 19 lb 8 oz36 1/224   Lake of the Woods near Williams Lake of the Woods2/24/2012
Carp, Common 55 lb 5 oz42   31   Clearwater LakeWright7/10/1952
Carpsucker, Quillback7 lb 4 oz22 5/818   Upper Red LakeBeltrami8/9/2010
Carpsucker, River4 lb 6 oz21 5/816   Minnesota RiverCarver11/19/2012
Catfish, Channel38 lb 0 oz44   no dataMississippi RiverHennepin1975
Catfish, Flathead70 lb 0 ozno datano dataSt. Croix RiverWashington1970
Crappie, Black5 lb 0 oz21   no dataVermillion RiverDakota1940
Crappie, White3 lb 15 oz18   16   Lake ConstanceWright7/28/2002
Drum, Freshwater (Sheepshead)35 lb 3 oz36   31   Mississippi River near Winona Winona10/5/1999
Eel, American6 lb 9 oz42   14   St. Croix River near Stillwater Washington8/8/1997
Gar, Longnose16 lb 12 oz53   16 1/2St. Croix River near Prescott Washington5/4/1982
Gar, Shortnose4 lb 9 oz34 1/210   Mississippi River Hennepin7/22/1984
Hogsucker, Northern1 lb 15 oz14 1/47 1/8Sunrise River near Sunrise Chisago8/16/1982
Mooneye1 lb 15 oz16 1/29 3/4Minnesota River Redwood6/18/1980
Mooneye, Goldeye2 lb 13 oz20   11 1/2Root River near Hokah Houston6/10/2001
Muskellunge54 lb 0 oz56   27 3/4Lake Winnibigoshish Itasca1957
Muskellunge, Tiger34 lb 12 oz51   22 1/2Lake Elmo Washington7/7/1999
Perch, Yellow3 lb 4 ozno datano dataLake Plantagenet Hubbard1945
Pike, Northern45 lb 12 ozno datano dataBasswood Lake Lake5/16/1929
Redhorse, Golden4 lb 1 oz20 3/412 3/4Root River   Fillmore5/8/2015
Redhorse, Greater12 lb 11.5 oz28 1/218 1/2Sauk River Stearns Wing5/20/2005
Redhorse, River12 lb 10 oz28 3/820   Kettle River Pine5/20/2005
Redhorse, Shorthead7 lb 15 oz27   15   Rum River near Ramsey Anoka8/5/1983
Redhorse, Silver9 lb 15 oz26 1/216 7/8Big Fork RiverKoochiching4/16/2004
Salmon, Atlantic12 lb 13 oz35 1/216 1/2Baptism River Lake10/12/1991
Salmon, Chinook (King) (tie)33 lb 4 oz44 3/425 3/4Poplar River Cook9/23/1989
Salmon, Chinook (King) (tie)33 lb 4 oz42 1/426 1/8Lake Superior St.Louis10/12/1989
Salmon, Coho10 lb 6 oz27 3/8no dataLake Superior near Baptism River Lake11/7/1970
Salmon, Kokanee2 lb 15 oz20   11 1/2Caribou Lake Itasca8/6/1971
Salmon, Pink4 lb 8 oz23 1/213 1/8Cascade River Cook9/9/1989
Sauger6 lb 2 oz23 7/815   Mississippi River near Red Wing (L&D No.3) Goodhue5/23/1988
Saugeye, Walleye x Sauger Hybrid 9 lb 13 oz27   17 3/4Mississippi River near Red Wing Goodhue 3/20/1999
Sturgeon, Lake94 lb 4 oz70   26 1/2Kettle River Pine9/5/1994
Sturgeon, Shovelnose6 lb 7 oz33   13 3/4Mississippi River near Red Wing   Goodhue2/19/2012
Sucker, Blue14 lb 3 oz30 3/820 1/4Mississippi River near Alma Wabasha2/28/1987
Sucker, Longnose3 lb 10 oz21   10 1/4Brule River Cook5/19/2005
Sucker, White9 lb 1 oz24 1/416 1/4Big Fish Lake Stearns5/1/1983
Sunfish, Bluegill2 lb 13 ozno datano dataAlice Lake Hubbard1948
Sunfish, Green1 lb 4 oz10 1/410 5/8North Arbor Lake Hennepin6/14/2005
Sunfish, Hybrid (Bluegill X Green Sunfish) 1 lb 12 oz11 1/212   Middle Branch of the Zumbro River Olmsted7/9/1994
Sunfish, Pumpkinseed1 lb 5 oz10   12 1/8Leech Lake Cass6/6/1999
Trout, Brook6 lb 5 oz24   14 1/2Pigeon River Cook9/2/2000
Trout, Brown16 lb 12 oz31 3/820 1/2Lake Superior St. Louis6/23/1989
Trout, Lake43 lb 8 ozno datano dataLake Superior near Hovland Cook5/30/1955
Trout, Rainbow (Steelhead)16 lb 6 oz33   19 1/2Devil Track River Cook4/27/1980
Trout, Splake (Brook x Lake Trout Hybrid) 13 lb 5 oz33 1/219   Larson Lake Itasca2/11/2001
Trout, Tiger2 lb 9 oz20   9 5/8Mill Creek Olmsted8/7/1999
Tullibee (Cisco)5 lb 13 oz20 3/416 3/4Sybil Lake Otter Tail3/9/2015
Walleye17 lb 8 oz35 4/521 1/3Seagull River at Saganaga Lake Cook5/13/1979
Warmouth9 oz8 3/48   Pool 6 Bartlet Lake Winona12/23/2011
Whitefish, Lake12 lb 4 oz28 1/220   Leech Lake near Walker Cass3/21/1999
Whitefish, Menominee (Round)2 lb 7 oz21   9   Lake Superior Cook4/27/1987

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources


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