2 Michigan fishermen catch record-breaking fish

For many Michigan residents, the outdoors became the perfect place to social distance – some even broke a few records.


Two Michigan fishermen caught state record-breaking fish. Owen Seay of Big Rapids caught the 9-pound, 15-ounce quillback carpsucker in the Muskegon River in Mecosta County on April 28, according to a release from the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. The previous record was an 8.52-pound fish caught in the Hardy Dam Pond in Newaygo County in 2015, according to the DNR.


A 33-pound bigmouth buffalo measuring more than 3 feet long was caught by Garrett Rice of Athens on Lake Erie May 25. The previous record for the fish was a 32-pound bigmouth buffalo caught on the Shiawassee River in Saginaw County last year.


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Both record-breaking fish were verified by the Department of Natural Resources, according to the release. To qualify as a record-breaking fish, it must exceed the prior state-record weight and be verified by the department. Records are only recognized by weight, not length.


The full list of record-breaking fish can be found at Michigan.gov/StateRecordFish.
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