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Anglers reel in a stringer of fish records so far in 2018

Published by Central Office July 24, 2018

Contact(s): Karl Scheidegger, state record fish program coordinator, 608-267-9426, Karl.Scheidegger@wisconsin.gov

Mother breaks daughter's fish record but keeps it in the family

MADISON -- Brenda Carter is the state's newest state fish record holder but the lifelong angler is finding the honor a tad bittersweet: she broke the catch and release record for pumpkinseed set a year ago by her daughter, Erika Carter.

"You never plan to catch something that big," she says. "It's a gift.

"That record was not something that was a goal for me. Erika goes to UW-Stevens Point for fisheries and she was very excited to have set the record."

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Brenda Carter (left) and her live release state record pumpkinseed that broke a record set a year ago by her daughter, Erika.

Yet when mother and daughter were fishing July 3 on Lake Noquebay in Marinette County and mom hauled in the 9-inch pumpkinseed, Erika was the one encouraging her mother to see if it was a record fish.

"She was looking up record requirements online while I was measuring the fish," Brenda Carter says.

"We thought we had to beat the record by one-half inch but Erika saw we only needed to beat it by one-quarter inch, and my fish did. She encouraged me to fill out the paperwork and send it in to get the record."

The Carters caught their two record pumpkinseeds on the same water, where the family owns a cabin, a year and a day apart. Brenda was fishing with Erika in 2017 when she caught her record pumpkinseed.

"It was one of those weird things," Brenda Carter says.

"My daughter says (her mom setting the new fish record) gives her a goal to shoot for. It could be by the end of the summer. We hope to catch a bigger one someday!"

A stringer full of fish records so far in 2018

With a new live release state fish records program and a growing number of anglers fishing using alternate methods like a bow and arrow, anglers are reeling in a string of state fish records in 2018, says Karl Scheidegger, the fisheries biologist who coordinates the state record fish programs.

The state fish records and their new owners are listed. To see more state fish records and to learn what to do if you think you've caught a record fish, go to dnr.wi.gov and search "record fish."

2018 Live Release records

2018 By Weight records (hook and line)

2018 By Weight records (alternate method)

Last Revised: Tuesday, July 24, 2018

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