A northern pike caught by Woodbury fisherman Matthew Swanson this past May on the Rainy River is now the largest on record in the state's new catch-and-release record program.
Swanson reeled in the monster pike - measuring 45 and 1/4 inches long - while on an annual fishing trip with his father and brother up north along the Canadian border, according to a news release Monday, Nov. 19 from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
“Because this was to date my first and only pike on a fly, it was a very memorable experience,” Swanson is quoted in the release.
The initial catch-and-release record in the northern pike category was set in October by Maddy Ogg, who caught a 43 1/2-inch pike on Mille Lacs Lake.
Though Swanson caught the record-setting fish in May, the DNR recieved his record application Oct. 29 and certified it soon after.
State records and guidelines can be found at mndnr.gov/recordfish.