When he finally pulled it to shore, Mr. Volk’s friend placed the monster walleye in a net.
“I was like, ‘Holy cow, this is state record,’” Mr. Volk said. “I’m pretty sure I dropped some foul language.”
Records are central to fishing culture, and some avid anglers spend decades chasing them. There are state records, lake records and world records, administered by different groups with slightly different rules. There are sometimes subcategories for the strength of fishing line, for the type of tackle, for the angler’s age, for the angler’s gender.
But in North Dakota, where the Missouri River and its tributaries attract freshwater fishermen from across the country, there is perhaps no record more coveted than that of the state’s largest walleye.
“You’re always like, ‘Gosh, am I going to be that guy to hook that next big walleye?’” said Mike Peluso, a professional fishing guide in Bismarck. “It’s almost like playing the lottery.”
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