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). Tweet This Page

State Record by Species Weight Length (in) Girth (in) Where Caught County Record Date
Bass, Largemouth 8 lb 15 oz 23 1/2 17 1/2 Auburn Lake Carver 10/5/2005
Bass, Rock (tie) 2 lb 0 oz 13 1/2 12 1/2 Lake Osakis Todd 5/10/1998
Bass, Rock (tie) 2 lb 0 oz 12 5/8 12 3/8 Lake Winnibigoshish Cass 8/30/2004
Bass, Smallmouth 8 lb 0 oz no data no data West Battle Lake Otter Tail 1948
Bass, White 4 lb 2 oz 18 1/2 15 Mississippi River Pool 5 Wabasha 5/4/2004
Bowfin 12 lb 9 oz 31 1/2 18 Mississippi River Wabasha 9/14/2012
Buffalo, Bigmouth 41 lb 11 oz 38 3/8 29 1/2 Mississippi River Pool 4 Goodhue 5/7/1991
Buffalo, Black 20 lb 0 oz 34 1/8 20 Minnesota River Nicollet 6/26/1997
Buffalo, Smallmouth 20 lb 0 oz 32 23 3/4 Big Sandy Aitkin 9/20/2003
Bullhead, Black 3 lb 13 oz 17 1/8 14 7/8 Reno Lake Pope 6/8/1997
Bullhead, Brown 7 lb 1 oz 24 3/8 no data Shallow Lake Itasca 5/21/1974
Bullhead, Yellow 3 lb 10 oz 17 7/8 11 3/4 Osakis Lake Todd 8/5/2002
Burbot (Eelpout) 19 lb 8 oz 36 1/2 24 Lake of the Woods near Williams Lake of the Woods 2/24/2012
Carp, Common 55 lb 5 oz 42 31 Clearwater Lake Wright 7/10/1952
Carpsucker, Quillback 7 lb 4 oz 22 5/8 18 Upper Red Lake Beltrami 8/9/2010
Carpsucker, River 4 lb 6 oz 21 5/8 16 Minnesota River Carver 11/19/2012
Catfish, Channel 38 lb 0 oz 44 no data Mississippi River Hennepin 1975
Catfish, Flathead 70 lb 0 oz no data no data St. Croix River Washington 1970
Crappie, Black 5 lb 0 oz 21 no data Vermillion River Dakota 1940
Crappie, White 3 lb 15 oz 18 16 Lake Constance Wright 7/28/2002
Drum, Freshwater (Sheepshead) 35 lb 3 oz 36 31 Mississippi River near Winona Winona 10/5/1999
Eel, American 6 lb 9 oz 42 14 St. Croix River near Stillwater Washington 8/8/1997
Gar, Longnose 16 lb 12 oz 53 16 1/2 St. Croix River near Prescott Washington 5/4/1982
Gar, Shortnose 4 lb 9 oz 34 1/2 10 Mississippi River Hennepin 7/22/1984
Hogsucker, Northern 1 lb 15 oz 14 1/4 7 1/8 Sunrise River near Sunrise Chisago 8/16/1982
Mooneye 1 lb 15 oz 16 1/2 9 3/4 Minnesota River Redwood 6/18/1980
Mooneye, Goldeye 2 lb 13 oz 20 11 1/2 Root River near Hokah Houston 6/10/2001
Muskellunge 54 lb 0 oz 56 27 3/4 Lake Winnibigoshish Itasca 1957
Muskellunge, Tiger 34 lb 12 oz 51 22 1/2 Lake Elmo Washington 7/7/1999
Perch, Yellow 3 lb 4 oz no data no data Lake Plantagenet Hubbard 1945
Pike, Northern 45 lb 12 oz no data no data Basswood Lake Lake 5/16/1929
Redhorse, Golden 4 lb 1 oz 20 3/4 12 3/4 Root River Fillmore 5/8/2015
Redhorse, Greater 12 lb 11.5 oz 28 1/2 18 1/2 Sauk River Stearns Wing 5/20/2005
Redhorse, River 12 lb 10 oz 28 3/8 20 Kettle River Pine 5/20/2005
Redhorse, Shorthead 7 lb 15 oz 27 15 Rum River near Ramsey Anoka 8/5/1983
Redhorse, Silver 9 lb 15 oz 26 1/2 16 7/8 Big Fork River Koochiching 4/16/2004
Salmon, Atlantic 12 lb 13 oz 35 1/2 16 1/2 Baptism River Lake 10/12/1991
Salmon, Chinook (King) (tie) 33 lb 4 oz 44 3/4 25 3/4 Poplar River Cook 9/23/1989
Salmon, Chinook (King) (tie) 33 lb 4 oz 42 1/4 26 1/8 Lake Superior St.Louis 10/12/1989
Salmon, Coho 10 lb 6 oz 27 3/8 no data Lake Superior near Baptism River Lake 11/7/1970
Salmon, Kokanee 2 lb 15 oz 20 11 1/2 Caribou Lake Itasca 8/6/1971
Salmon, Pink 4 lb 8 oz 23 1/2 13 1/8 Cascade River Cook 9/9/1989
Sauger 6 lb 2 oz 23 7/8 15 Mississippi River near Red Wing (L&D No.3) Goodhue 5/23/1988
Saugeye, Walleye x Sauger Hybrid 9 lb 13 oz 27 17 3/4 Mississippi River near Red Wing Goodhue 3/20/1999
Sturgeon, Lake 94 lb 4 oz 70 26 1/2 Kettle River Pine 9/5/1994
Sturgeon, Shovelnose 6 lb 7 oz 33 13 3/4 Mississippi River near Red Wing Goodhue 2/19/2012
Sucker, Blue 14 lb 3 oz 30 3/8 20 1/4 Mississippi River near Alma Wabasha 2/28/1987
Sucker, Longnose 3 lb 10 oz 21 10 1/4 Brule River Cook 5/19/2005
Sucker, White 9 lb 1 oz 24 1/4 16 1/4 Big Fish Lake Stearns 5/1/1983
Sunfish, Bluegill 2 lb 13 oz no data no data Alice Lake Hubbard 1948
Sunfish, Green 1 lb 4 oz 10 1/4 10 5/8 North Arbor Lake Hennepin 6/14/2005
Sunfish, Hybrid (Bluegill X Green Sunfish) 1 lb 12 oz 11 1/2 12 Middle Branch of the Zumbro River Olmsted 7/9/1994
Sunfish, Pumpkinseed 1 lb 5 oz 10 12 1/8 Leech Lake Cass 6/6/1999
Trout, Brook 6 lb 5 oz 24 14 1/2 Pigeon River Cook 9/2/2000
Trout, Brown 16 lb 12 oz 31 3/8 20 1/2 Lake Superior St. Louis 6/23/1989
Trout, Lake 43 lb 8 oz no data no data Lake Superior near Hovland Cook 5/30/1955
Trout, Rainbow (Steelhead) 16 lb 6 oz 33 19 1/2 Devil Track River Cook 4/27/1980
Trout, Splake (Brook x Lake Trout Hybrid) 13 lb 5 oz 33 1/2 19 Larson Lake Itasca 2/11/2001
Trout, Tiger 2 lb 9 oz 20 9 5/8 Mill Creek Olmsted 8/7/1999
Tullibee (Cisco) 5 lb 13 oz 20 3/4 16 3/4 Sybil Lake Otter Tail 3/9/2015
Walleye 17 lb 8 oz 35 4/5 21 1/3 Seagull River at Saganaga Lake Cook 5/13/1979
Warmouth 9 oz 8 3/4 8 Pool 6 Bartlet Lake Winona 12/23/2011
Whitefish, Lake 12 lb 4 oz 28 1/2 20 Leech Lake near Walker Cass 3/21/1999
Whitefish, Menominee (Round) 2 lb 7 oz 21 9 Lake Superior Cook 4/27/1987

Source: Minnesota Department of Natural Resources

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