Minnesota state record fish

When you catch a big fish, no matter what the species, it is always a thrill, and it usually requires exceptional fishing skill.

The Minnesota DNR annually presents an award of recognition to any angler who breaks a state record for catching the biggest fish in each species.

Updated 2/26/14

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Bass, Largemouth 8 15 23½ 17½ Auburn Lake Carver 10/3/2005
Bass, Rock  Tie 2 0 13½ 12½ Lake Osakis Todd 5/10/1998
Bass, Rock  Tie 2 0 12½ 12⅜ Lake Winnibigoshish Cass 8/30/2004
Bass, Smallmouth 8 0 Unknown Unknown West Battle Lake Otter Tail 1948
Bass, White 4 2 18½ 15 Mississippi River Pool 5 Wabasha 5/4/2004
Bowfin 12 9 31½ 18 Mississippi River Wabasha 9/14/2012
Buffalo, Bigmouth 41 11 38⅜ 29½ Pool 4 Mississippi River Goodhue 5/7/1991
Buffalo, Black 20 0 34⅛ 20 Minnesota River Nicollet 6/26/1997
Buffalo, Smallmouth 20 0 32 23¾ Big Sandy Aitkin 9/20/2003
Bullhead, Black 3 13 17⅛ 14⅞ Reno Lake Pope 6/8/1997
Bullhead, Brown 7 1 24⅜ Unknown Shallow Lake Itasca 5/21/1974
Bullhead, Yellow 3 10 17⅞ 11¾ Lake Osakis Todd 8/5/2002
Burbot (Eelpout) 19 8 36½ 24 Lake of the Woods
near Williams
Lake of the
Woods
2/24/2012

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Carp, Common 55 5 42 31 Clearwater Lake Wright 7/10/1952
Carpsucker, Quillback 7 4 22⅝ 18 Upper Red Lake Beltrami 8/9/2010
Carpsucker, River 4 6 21⅝ 16 Minnesota River Carver 11/19/2012
Catfish, Channel 38 0 44 Unknown Mississippi River Hennepin 2/16/1975
Catfish, Flathead 70 0 Unknown Unknown St. Croix River Washington 1970
Crappie, Black  5 0 21 Unknown Vermillion River Dakota 1940
Crappie, White 3 15 18 16 Lake Constance Wright 7/28/2002
Drum, Freshwater
(Sheepshead)
35 3 36 31 Mississippi River near Winona Winona 10/5/1999
Eel, American 6 9 42 14 St. Croix River near Stillwater Washington 8/8/1997
Gar, Longnose 16 12 53 16½ St. Croix River near Prescott Washington 5/4/1982
Gar, Shortnose 4 9 34½ 10 Mississippi River Hennepin 7/22/1984

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Hogsucker, Northern 1 15 14¼ 7⅛ Sunrise River near Sunrise Chisago 8/16/1982
Mooneye 1 15 16½ Minnesota River Redwood 6/18/1980
Mooneye, Goldeye 2 13 20 11½ Root River near Hokah Houston 6/10/2001
Muskellunge 54 0 56 27¾ Lake Winnibigoshish Itasca 1957
Muskellunge, Tiger 34 12 51 22½ Lake Elmo Washington 7/7/1999
Perch, Yellow 3 4 Unknown Unknown Lake Plantagenet Hubbard 1945
Pike, Northern 45 12 Unknown Unknown Basswood Lake Lake  5/16/1929
Redhorse, Golden 3 15 20⅛ 12⅜ Root River   Fillmore 4/29/2007
Redhorse, Greater 12 11 28½ 18½ Sauk River Stearns 5/20/2005
Redhorse, River 12 10 28⅜ 20 Kettle River Pine 5/20/2005
Redhorse, Shorthead 7 15 27 15 Rum River near Ramsey Anoka 8/5/1983
Redhorse, Silver 9 15 26½ 16⅞ Bigfork River Koochiching 4/16/2004
               

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Salmon, Atlantic 12 13 35½ 16½ Baptism River Lake   10/12/1991
Salmon, Chinook -
(King) Tie
33 4 44¾ 25¾ Poplar River Cook 9/23/1989
Salmon, Chinook -
(King) Tie
33 4 42¼ 26⅛ Lake Superior St. Louis 10/12/1989
Salmon, Coho 10 6 27⅜ Unknown Lake Superior near
Baptism River
Lake 11/7/1970
Salmon, Kokanee 2 15 20 11½ Caribou Lake Itasca 8/6/1971
Salmon, Pink 4 8 23½ 13⅛ Cascade River Cook  9/9/1989
Sauger 6 2 23⅞ 15 Mississippi River near Red Wing
(L&D No.3)
Goodhue 5/23/1988
Saugeye,
Walleye x Sauger Hybrid
9 13 27 17¾ Mississippi River near Red Wing Goodhue 3/20/1999
Sturgeon, Lake 94 4 70 26½ Kettle River Pine 9/5/1994
Sturgeon, Shovelnose 6 7 33 13¾ Mississippi River near Red Wing   Goodhue 2/19/2012
Sucker, Blue 14 3 30⅜ 20¼ Mississippi River near Alma Wabasha 2/28/1987
Sucker, Longnose 3 10 21 10¼ Brule River Cook 5/19/2005
Sucker, White 9 1 24¼ 16¼ Big Fish Lake Stearns 5/1/1983
Sunfish, Bluegill 2 13 Unknown Unknown Alice Lake Hubbard 1948
Sunfish, Green 1 4 10¼ 10⅝ North Arbor Lake Hennepin 6/14/2005
Sunfish, Hybrid
(Bluegill X Green Sunfish)
1 12 11½ 12 Middle Branch of the
Zumbro River
Olmsted 7/9/1994
Sunfish, Pumpkinseed 1 5 10 12⅛ Leech Lake Cass 6/6/1999

Common Name

lbs

oz       

Length"

Girth"

Waterbody

County

Date caught

Trout, Brook 6 5 24 14½ Pigeon River Cook 9/2/2000
Trout, Brown 16 12 31⅜ 20½ Lake Superior St. Louis 6/23/1989
Trout, Lake 43 8 Unknown Unknown Lake Superior near Hovland Cook 5/30/1955
Trout, Rainbow
(Steelhead)
16 6 33 19½ Devil Track River Cook 4/27/1980
Trout, Splake
(Brook x Lake Trout Hybrid)
13 5 33½ 19 Larson Lake Itasca 2/11/2001
Trout, Tiger 2 9 20 9⅝ Mill Creek Olmsted 8/7/1999
Tullibee (Cisco) 5 11 20⅜ 16⅜ Little Long Lake St. Louis 4/16/2002
Walleye 17 8 35¾ 21¼ Seagull River at Saganaga Lake Cook 5/13/1979
Warmouth 0 9 8 Pool 6 Bartlet Lake Winona 12/23/2011
Whitefish, Lake 12 4 28½ 20 Leech Lake near Walker Cass 3/21/1999
Whitefish, Menominee
(Round)
2 7 21 9 Lake Superior Cook 4/27/1987

 

If you catch a fish that you think could be a record, follow these steps:

  • Weigh the fish on a state-certified scale (found at most bait shops and butcher shops), witnessed by two observers.
  • Take the fish to a DNR fisheries office for positive identification and a state record fish application.
  • Complete the State Record Fish submission form Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to download this file. and send it along with a clear, full-length photo of your fish to the address listed on the form.
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