Catch-And-Release Record For Lake Sturgeon In Minnesota
Burke said they knew there were big fish in the river because they had already caught six sturgeon over 60 inches over the last few days
KOOCHICHING COUNTY, Minn. — An angler from Stillwater, Minnesota, set a new state catch-and-release record for lake sturgeon with a 73-inch long fish caught on the Rainy River earlier this month.
Jake Burke reeled in the record-breaking lake sturgeon while fishing on the Rainy River in Koochiching County with his fishing buddy Michael Orgas on May 4, according to a news release from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Burke said they knew there were big fish in the river because they had already caught six sturgeon over 60 inches over the last few days.
At the time of the catch, Burke was using Orgas’ muskie rod with an 80-pound braided line rigged with a circle hook and crawlers.
He said the sturgeon took 45 minutes to reel in.