Kentucky Angler Catches New State Record Saugeye

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In early 2021, the ‘eyes have got size!

Or maybe anglers are just keeping their ‘eyes on the prize.

Ok, enough bad puns. But seriously, there have been some impressive, record-breaking “eye” fish caught over the past month.

North Dakota’s Jared Shypkoski recently pulled in a new state record walleye. To the south, a Kentucky angler also landed a state record saugeye – a hybrid walleye/sauger.

Kentucky State Record Saugeye
Photo via The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources

Wolfgang Kratzenberg was fishing with his son on Bullock Pen Lake on March 21 when he landed the beastly specimen. At 9.05 pounds, Kratzenberg’s saugeye comfortably displaced the previous record holder. That mantle belonged to Clay Smith, who’s 2019 saugeye weighed an impressive 8 pounds, 8.8 ounces. Smith’s record was caught on the Cumberland River.

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources certified Kratzenberg’s catch as the new state record. The fish also measured 27 inches in length and had a girth of 17.5 inches.

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