ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Wednesday, Sept. 8, that the agency has certified a new catch-and-release record northern pike: a 46 1/4-inch fish caught June 19 on Basswood Lake by Brecken Kobylecky, 15, of Geneva, Illinois.

The previous record was a 45 1/4-inch northern pike caught on the Rainy River in 2018.

Minnesota’s record for biggest kept pike also comes from Basswood Lake: a 45-pound, 12-ounce monster caught in 1929.

The DNR also certified a 57 1/4-inch musky caught and released July 23 on Lake Vermilion by Todd Kirby, of Hudson, Wisconsin, that tied a 2019 musky also caught on Lake Vermilion. Kirby had caught a 48-inch musky earlier in the evening. The bigger fish hit at 10:30 p.m.

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Todd Kirby, of Hudson, Wisconsin, tied the Minnesota state catch-and-release record for musky with this 57 1/4-inch fish caught and released at 10:30 p.m. July 23 on Lake Vermilion. 
Contirbuted / Minnesota DNR
Todd Kirby, of Hudson, Wisconsin, tied the Minnesota state catch-and-release record for musky with this 57 1/4-inch fish caught and released at 10:30 p.m. July 23 on Lake Vermilion. Contirbuted / Minnesota DNR

The Minnesota record for a kept musky is a 54-pounder that was 56 inches long and caught in Lake Winnibigoshish in 1957.

More information on Minnesota’s record fish is available at mndnr.gov/recordfish.