set a new state record

SOME­TIMES CATCH­ING A MESS OF FISH JUST ISN’T ENOUGH. HERE ARE FIVE STATE FISH RECORDS WITHIN REL­A­TIVELY EASY REACH OF VIR­TU­ALLY ANY AN­GLER

Outdoor Life - - CONTENTS - BY BRIAN RUZZO

Richard “The King” Petty won an as­tound­ing 200 NASCAR races. Decades ear­lier, Joe Dimag­gio’s 56-game hit­ting streak in­spired another gen­er­a­tion. Both records still stand to­day. But records are meant to be bro­ken. That in­cludes NASCAR, base­ball, and, yes, an­gling records.

Which records? No one knows for sure, but sev­eral an­gling records are primed to fall this sea­son, and with a lit­tle plan­ning, you just might be the an­gler who pulls off the feat. Here’s a closer look at the hottest des­ti­na­tions and how you can top the charts this sum­mer.

Clock­wise from top: Min­nesota guide John Hoyer with a 50-inch Mille Lacs muskie; Brian Bros­dahl with a stud Mis­sis­sippi River crap­pie; two spring Lake Erie walleyes—the Ohio record stands at 16.19 pounds.

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