Bigmouth breaks state record

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A record-breaking bigmouth buffalo was caught earlier this month in the Shiawassee River.

The 38 inch fish set the state record at 32.01 pounds.

State-record fish are recognized by weight only.

Tyler Fisher of St. Charles was bowfishing in Saginaw County when he caught the fish.

Kathrin Schrouder, a DNR fisheries biologist out of Bay City, verified the new record.

Fisher’s fish beats out Roy Beasley who held the previous state record with a 27 pound bigmouth buffalo that measured 35.25 inches. That fish was caught on Monroe County’s River Raisin in May 2017.

Over the last 10 years, anglers have caught 14 state-record fish in Michigan which is a tribute to the long-term management efforts that help sustain them. 

Michigan United Conservation Clubs estimates 1.1 million licensed anglers contribute $2.3 billion to Michigan’s economy.

This coming Saturday, May 25th is the large and smallmouth bass opener on the Great Lakes and inland waters.

Catch-and-release anglers have caught a fair number however the late spring has slowed the spawning activity.

The Michigan DNR provides information regarding seasons, size limits, possession limits and other items. Knowing specific techniques to use when targeting certain types of fish can also be very helpful.

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