A New Fish Record – One Year Later
Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) - For a Minneapolis man, it was the same date, the same river, the same type of fish and the same record that was broken.
The Minnesota DNR says Chad Wentzel was fishing along the Root River in Fillmore County on May 8th when he hauled in a golden redhorse. It weighed 4 pounds, 1 ounce - one more ounce than the golden redhorse he caught in the same area on May 8th last year. That one was a new state record. The Minnesota DNR has now confirmed he has officially set a new record with this latest catch.
“Wentzel fishes with a group of fellow anglers who target all sorts of fish beyond walleye, bass and panfish,” said Mike Kurre, who coordinates the state record fish program for the DNR.
“Indeed, there are many types of fish to catch in Minnesota. We keep state records on five types of redhorse alone, and in all there are state records for 62 species of fish.”
State records are measured by weight. To certify a fish as a record:
· Take it to a DNR fisheries office for positive identification.
· Fill out a record fish application.
· Locate a state-certified scale (found at most bait shops and butcher shops).
· Weigh the fish with two witnesses present.
· Send a clear, full-length photo of the fish with the application to the address listed on the application form.
The record-fish form and guidelines can be found online under the list of state-record fish at www.mndnr.gov/fishing/staterecords.html. The list is also published on page 83 of the 2015 Minnesota Fishing Regulations booklet.