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Anglers nab first state fish records in new live release category

  • ##Rod Eberly of Appleton became part of Wisconsin fishing history in May when he became the first angler recognized for a state record fish under the new live release program DNR launched earlier in 2017. Eberly’s historic catch was a 17.75 inch long white bass caught and released May 8 from the Fox River in Brown County. To establish a new live release record, anglers must meet qualifying lengths for the fish species and submit an application and photos including one of the fish by a tape measure or other measuring device.
  • ##Kevin Larson of Hudson knocked Eberly off the leader board with the 18-inch white bass he caught and released on Cedar Lake in St. Croix/Polk counties on Aug. 23. Larson edged out Eberly’s bass by ¼-inch.
  • ##Eric Amenda from Germantown carved out the first live release record for pumpkinseed with this 8.25 inch pumpkinseed sunfish caught and released on May 28 from Pleasant Lake in Waushara County.
  • ##Amenda’s record soon fell. Erika Carter of De Pere became the first female angler to set a new catch and release record in Wisconsin with this 8.75-inch pumpkinseed sunfish caught and released on July 4 from Lake Noquebay in Marinette County. Her haul bested Amenda’s by a ½ inch.
  • ##Aaron Fuchs of Baraboo wrestled a 47.0-inch flathead catfish on September 3 from the Wisconsin River in Sauk County. The fish was returned to the water with a ceremonial SPLASH and Fuchs claimed the first flathead catfish record in the live release category.
  • ##Dennis Wilkerson of Twin Lakes set the first live release state record for rock bass with this 10.5-inch rock bass he caught and released on June 10 from Powers Lake in Kenosha County.
  • ##Ben Halfen of Prairie du Sac established the first live release record for bluegill with this 10.5-inch bluegill he caught and released June 16 from Reynard Lake in Bayfield County.
  • ##Jacob Holmstrom from Danburry caught and released a 53.0-inch musky on June 24 from a Burnett County lake to set the first live release record for musky. There are more live release records to be set and broken! Learn how on our Wisconsin Live Release Record Fish Category webpage.
Last Revised: Tuesday February 13 2018