Minnesota’s Robinson Ties His Own Record


Jake Robinson of Shakopee, Minn. recently tied his own catch-and-release record he set last June when he caught a 49-inch flathead catfish on 100-pound-test line.

Robinson was fishing the Minnesta River near Savage. The fish had a girth of 33 1/2 inches, identical to his previous record-fish caught on June 7, 2016. Because of different markings found on the ’16 and ’17 fish, they appear to be distinct.

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“I have 11 years of targeting flathead cats, and suggest to new anglers to stay on the move every 20 minutes if you don’t get a bite,” Robinson said.

Minnesota has two kinds of state records: one for catching and keeping the biggest fish in each species based on certified weight and for length of a caught-and-released muskellunge, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish. You can find current records and guidelines for each type of state record at mndnr.gov/recordfish. For more on this news and other MWO posts, visit our Facebook page.