On Monday, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) confirmed that two anglers set catch-and-release records on the same day at different locations.
Cindy Pawlowski of Frazee, MN and Steven DeMars of Stillwater, MN are the first two record holders in the newly expanded Minnesota fish program.
On May 8, Pawlowski caught and released the record lake sturgeon on the Rainy River in Koochiching County. The fish was 62 7/8 inches long with a 29-inch girth.
In the St. Croix River in Washington County later that day, DeMars caught and released the record flathead catfish. The fish was 47 inches long with a 30-inch girth.
Mike Kurre, manager of the Minnesota DNR record fish program, congratulates Pawlowski and DeMars on their accomplishments and is very optimistic about the program's future. “It’s great to see these photos and applications and know there are still chances for other anglers to catch these enormous fish.” said Kurre.
To set a catch-and-release record, anglers are required to measure and take a photograph of the fish before releasing it. Anglers can continue to set records based on certified weight which require the fish to be harvested. Guidelines and application forms for each type of record are available on the Minnesota DNR website.