DULUTH, MN – A big fish caught five miles out from the Duluth Aerial Lift Bridge might have been the Minnesota state record lake trout.
Charter captain Jordan Kornzenowski and his client, Steven Gotchie of Itasca County, caught the fish on Friday.
The lake trout measured 45 and a half inches with a 30 and an eighth inch girth.
It weighed about 51.6 pounds, Kornzenowski said.
That would crush the current state record of 43 pounds 8 ounces, caught back in 1955.
Gotchie and Korzenowki released the big lake trout even though there aren’t any rules saying otherwise.
“There’s no regrets letting the fish go. The clients ultimately have the final say if they want to keep the fish or let it go. We always urge it if the fish are over 30 inches long. They are really old fish. A lot of people are OK with that,” Kornzenowski said.
The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has a catch-and-release state record category for four species including sturgeon and muskie, but not for lake trout.