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Eelpout Sets Minnesota Record

Brent Getzler of Roosevelt holding state record eelpout Photo: Minnesota DNR . Brent Getzler of Roosevelt holding state record eelpout

January 05, 2017 07:28 PM

(KSTP) -- A northwest Minnesota man now holds the state record for largest eelpout. The DNR says Brent Getzler of Roosevelt caught a 19 pound, 9 ounce eelpout in the Minnesota waters of Lake of the Woods.

The fish was 33 inches long with a belly full of girth at 23 and 7/8 inches. Getzler caught it while fishing for walleye with an orange jigging spoon tipped with a minnow on Dec. 19.

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"Brent along with his buddies thought he was battling with a monster walleye and they were recording the three-minute fight. But after realizing it was just a pout they quit filming,"DNR coordinator Mike Kurre said in a statement. "Little did they know the burbot was a state record, until they got it on a scale." 

The fish has many names including eelpout, freshwater ling, lawyer and burbot. 

The species is celebrated every February in on Leech Lake in Walker, Minnesota with the International Eelpout Festival.


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