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State fish records

  • ##Anglers have been reeling in state fish records at a fast and furious rate in 2018. Brenda Carter is the state’s newest state fish record holder but the lifelong angler is finding the honor a tad bittersweet: the 9-inch pumpkinseed she caught and released July 3 broke the catch and release record for pumpkinseed set a year ago by her daughter, Erika Carter.

    Think you’ve got a record fish? Go to our record fish page to see requirements for each of the state fish record programs: live release, traditional hook and line by weight, and alternate method by weight.
  • ##Todd Meerdink of Waupaca caught and released a 18-1/2-inch white bass on Feb. 10 from Sunset Lake in Waupaca County. This was the second time the white bass live release record has been broken over the past year.
  • ##Michael Esche of Cudahy caught and released an 11-inch bluegill on Feb. 28 from the Mississippi River in Crawford County. The fish bettered the existing record by a half-inch.
  • ##Scott Erickson of Burlington caught and released a 23-1/2-inch rainbow trout on March 31 from a private farm pond in Racine County.
  • ##Alex Gerucisi caught and released an 8-1/2-inch green sunfish on May 24 from an urban pond in Waukesha County.
  • ##Wisconsin’s traditional by-weight hook and line fish records also saw plenty of action earlier this year. Gregory Banbenek of Duluth, Minn., caught an 11-3/4-inch, 3/4 pound creek chub on Jan. 1 from Amnicon Lake in Douglas County, bettering the existing record by a little over 2 ounces.
  • ##Stanley Von Ruden of Norwalk set the initial record for a spotted sucker on Feb. 22 with a 20-1/2-inch, 4 pound 10.2 ounce fish caught from Lake Onalaska in La Crosse County.
  • ##Scott Erickson of Burlington bettered the existing tiger trout record by a little over a quarter of a pound on May 9 when he stumbled on a 16-inch, 2 pound 1 ounce fish from a private pond in Racine County.
  • ##Ross Lubner of Campbellsport now holds the alternate method record for white sucker with this 24-1/2-inch, 7 pound 6.7 oz. white sucker he shot April 21 on Pine Lake in Waukesha County. His haul bested by almost half a pound the record set just a month earlier when Brandon Smith of Elkhorn shot a 24-1/2-inch, 6 pound 15.8 ounce fish on March 15 from Delavan Lake in Walworth County.
  • ##It’s déjà vu all over again. Dale Fahrni shot a 22-inch, 5 pound, 6.7 ounce spotted sucker on April 21 from the Wisconsin River in Richland County that bettered his own record by almost half a pound set three years earlier. Records for fish taken by alternate methods, like a bow and arrow or a crossbow, were also trading hands.
  • ##Shawn Schmidt of Denmark set the initial record for a longnose sucker when he used a speargun to shoot a 21-1/4-inch, 3 pound 9.9 ounce fish on April 29 from Lake Michigan in Door County. The photo is not Schmidt’s record winning fish but an example photo showing what longnose sucker looks like. Photo credit: John Lyons
  • ##The gars have it. Brian Thompson of Newburg, Mo., shot a 35-5/8-inch, 5 pound 1 ounce shortnose gar on May 27 from Lake Butte des Morts in Winnebago County that bested the existing record by almost half a pound. Thompson is shown with his record fish.

    Three days earlier, Jason Behrens of Arcadia shot a 56-1/8-inch, 19 pound 5.4 ounce longnose gar on May 24 from the Mississippi River in Trempealeau County. The fish broke the current record by almost a pound. There is no photo of this record.

    Think you’ve got a record fish? Go to our record fish page to see requirements for each of the state fish record programs: live release, traditional hook and line by weight, and alternate method by weight.
Last Revised: Tuesday July 24 2018