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Woodbury angler's pike catch in May sets new Minnesota record

Matthew Swanson's 45¼- inch northern pike from the Rainy River is Minnesota's new catch-and-release pike record. (Photo courtesy of Minnesota DNR)

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.

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“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.