Chad Wentzel landed a record 4 pound golden redhorse on May 8 from a bank of the Root River in Fillmore County, the Minnesota DNR confirmed. Wentzel was fishing using 6 pound test line. He pitched his worm presentation, leaving the bait on the river bottom until he hooked into the record breaker, which bested the previous record by one ounce.
Recent Record Breakers
Ben Ranzenberger of Winona bested the past record warmouth while ice fishing on Dec. 23, 2011, in Bartlet Lake on Pool 6 near Winona. His fish weighed in at 9 oz.
Fred Draeger of Wabasha smashed the current bowfin record of 11 pounds 4 oz by a whopping 1 pound, 5 oz. on Sept. 14, 2012, when he caught 12 pounds, 9 oz. worth of fighting fish. Fred caught the fish on a gob of nightcrawlers in the backwaters of the Mississippi on 8 pound test line.
Nicholas Nutter of Chaska landed a river carpsucker on Nov. 19, 2012, that weighed an impressive 4 pounds, 6 oz. and had a girth of 21 5/6th inches. His record was caught on the Minnesota River with a jig and ringworm combination and bested the previous mark by 7 ounces.
Aaron Guthrie of Bemidji caught a burbot weighing in at 19 pounds, 8 ounces on Feb. 24, 2012, on Lake of the Woods, beating the previous record of 19 pounds, 3 ounces. Guthrie was using a fathead minnow on a tip-up. Guthrie was targeting burbot- also called eelpout- for its flavorful white meat.
Sarah Gartner of St. Paul hooked into a shovelnose sturgeon that tipped the scales at 6 pounds, 7 ounces just south of the Red Wing dam Feb. 19, 2012, on the Mississippi River. Gartner was using a multi-colored jig and a minnow to score this new state record Congratulations to all these anglers!!