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Muskie is New Minnesota State Catch-and-Release Record

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It’s been a busy month for significant state fishing records being broken!

Many have been buzzing about Joe Capilupo’s new Illinois state record smallmouth bass that was caught in Chicago on Monday, October 14th. What may have slipped through the cracks, however, was a whopper muskie caught by a Davenport, Iowa man on August 6th.

Corey Kitzmann, who was fishing Minnesota’s Lake Vermillion while staying at his family’s cabin, landed the mammoth fish over two months before it was finally certified as the new state record by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

Kitzmann’s catch — a staggering 57 1/4 inch, 47 pound muskie with a girth of 25 1/2 inches — was enough to secure the new catch-and-release state record. Minnesota’s displaced record — a 56 7/8 inch muskie — was caught on Pelican Lake in 2016.

Kitzmann’s story is even more powerful considering the fact that he had been fishing alone after receiving news that a good friend had passed away at the age of 40.

A boater and his family had fortunately been watching Kitzmann’s fight with the new record muskie. The helpful boater boarded Kitzmann’s boat and assisted him with the release and capturing a few photos.

The new state record muskie was caught on a hand-made bucktail and certified by the Minnesota DNR on October 11th.

Congratulations to Corey on this amazing catch!