REGIONAL— Anglers in the North Country caught and released a new Minnesota state record northern pike and tied the record for muskie this summer.The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources …
REGIONAL— Anglers in the North Country caught and released a new Minnesota state record northern pike and tied the record for muskie this summer.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources certified the state catch-and-release record northern pike, a 46-1/4 inch fish caught June 19 on Basswood Lake by Brecken Kobylecky, a 15-year-old from Geneva, Ill. The previous record was a 45-1/4 inch northern pike caught on the Rainy River in 2018.
The record pike was the biggest fish Kobylecky had ever caught. He was fishing with an Ely-based fishing guide and with about 10 minutes left of their final day fishing, they were trolling for pike.
“We hooked onto a huge pike that was barely hooked, and could hardly land it due to the sheer size and weight of the fish,” Kobylecky said.
Once the fish was in the boat they carefully took a few photos and measured the pike before releasing the fish back to the open water.
The DNR also certified a 57 1/4 inch muskie caught July 23 on Lake Vermilion by Todd Kirby of Hudson, Wis. His catch tied the 2019 record muskie, also caught on Lake Vermilion.
With two Vermilion muskies now tied for the state record, this well-known water body continues to prove itself as a top muskie fishing destination. Kirby had fished the lake a handful of times and was familiar with small pockets that muskie seem to inhabit.
Kirby and fishing partners John and Will Gavic thought the fish looked 50 inches and were amazed seeing they caught a fish even longer, and one that would earn state record status.