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World Records

Thinking about something to post on my blog for a Friday, hmm, let me think. . . . I know, it has to be the recent catch of a big fish, A HUGE FISH!!!!

You all know that almost everything I blog about concerning hunting, fishing and trapping is NEBRASKA hunting, fishing and trapping.  But, I am a hardcore angler, fish are on my mind all the time, and this week there has been a story about a huge muskie caught from Mille Lacs in Minnesota that has blown up the internet.  It is a big fish, it makes my jaw drop, AND IT WAS CAUGHT ON A FLY ROD!  I am betting it will make a lot of your jaws drop too!

Photo from FaceBook, Bob Mitchell’s Fly Shop.

Here is one TV news report, Minnesota Man Catches 57-Inch, 50-Pound Muskie.

Newspaper story from the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mighty muskie of Lake Mille Lacs a world-class haul for angler Robert Hawkins.

Field and Stream has picked up the story too, Exclusive Video:  Potential World-Record, 57-inch Muskie Caught in Minnesota.  And here is the video:

HOLY COW, what a fish!

Now I know a thing or two about record fish.  To certify that fish as a world’s record there will be some paperwork that needs to be done and approved.  That will take some time, but certainly the dimensions of the fish indicate that it will be a new world’s record for muskellunge caught on the fly rod.


Very cool and a big congratulations to Robert Hawkins and his fishing partners!  Well done, guys!

If you are familiar with Minnesota fishing you know that Mille Lacs is one of their premier fisheries and this past summer you would be aware of the closing of the walleye fishing “season” on Mille Lacs because of harvest quotas that were met.  That whole issue involves a lot of politics, tribal treaties, and emotions.  I find it interesting that so many are so upset because they cannot go whack a bunch of walleyes from Mille Lacs.  I think I would go muskie fishing. . . or, smallmouth bass. . .or, northern pike.

Speaking of Records

Tomorrow is the opening of rifle deer season in Nebraska.  Lots of folks will be hitting the field at first light tomorrow morning looking for their mythical “turdy pointer”.  I recently heard about this one:


Have a great weekend, make sure of your target and what is beyond, wear your blaze orange, shoot straight, enjoy your time with friends and family, and enjoy our great outdoors even if you do not encounter a record muskie or whitetail buck!

About daryl bauer

Daryl is a lifelong resident of Nebraska (except for a couple of years spent going to graduate school in South Dakota). He has been employed as a fisheries biologist for the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission for 25 years, and his current tour of duty is as the fisheries outreach program manager. Daryl loves to share his educational knowledge and is an avid multi-species angler. He holds more than 120 Nebraska Master Angler Awards for 14 different species and holds more than 30 In-Fisherman Master Angler Awards for eight different species. He loves to talk fishing and answer questions about fishing in Nebraska, be sure to check out his blog at outdoornebraska.org.

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