The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) has certified a state muskellunge fishing record months after it was released back into the wild.
Eric Bakke, an angler from Princeton, Minnesota, caught and released a muskie that was far longer than the width of his shoulders on June 11, from Mille Lacs Lake, a large lake that’s roughly 75 miles north of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area.
The muskie Bakke caught measured 58.25 inches, which beat out Minnesota’s two previous tied records of 57.25-inch muskies, both of which were caught from Lake Vermilion in 2019 and 2021, according to the MDNR’s news release about the new record.
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“To be able to target and catch fish of this caliber has been one of the great passions of my life,” Bakke told the MDNR.