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Minnesota angler ties own record for catching flathead catfish

Jake Robinson of Shakopee has tied his own state record flathead catfish in the catch-and-release length category with a 49-inch monster taken from the Minnesota River near Savage.

Robinson boated and released the  record May 15, taking the 49-inch fish on 100-pound test line. It had a girth of 33-1/2 inches, identical to his previous record caught  a year ago. They appeared to be two distinct fish.

“I have 11 years of targeting flathead cats and suggest to new anglers to stay on the move every 20 minutes if you don’t get a bite,” Robinson said.

There are two kinds of Minnesota state records: one for catching and keeping the biggest fish in each species based on certified weight; and the other for the length of a caught and released muskellunge, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish.

The DNR recommends that anglers become familiar with the record-fish guidelines and be ready to take the required photos and go through the correct procedures for submitting a record.

For a listing of state record fish go to www.mndnr.gov/recordfish.

Walleyes cooperate on Crane Lake on first day of fishing opener

The morning was chillier than predicted — in the mid- to high 30s at sunup — but walleye fishing generally was good on Crane Lake on the season opener Saturday.

Walleyes were caught in 14 to 16 feet of water on shiner, chub and fathead minnows on a morning in which the sun struggled to peak from behind clouds. But winds generally were calm, and many anglers on the water for the season's first day had at least some action.

Our group was smaller this year, due to graduations and weddings interfering with what generally should be regarded in MInnesota as the most important day of the year: the fishing opener.

Still, seven of us were on the water early: John and Jodi Weyrauch of Stillwater; Steve Vilks of Naples, Fla.; Joe Hermes of Minneapolis; and my brother, Dick, of Eveleth, Minn., and his son — my nephew — Brian Anderson of Champlin.

When we came to the dock about 9:30 for a mid-morning break, John, Jodi and I had kept two four-walleye limits, plus a crappie, with the other boats in our party recording similar success.

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