Angler Ties Own Record for Flathead Catfish in Minnesota

Jake Robinson has the record for catch-and-release length category for flathead catfish Jake Robinson has the record for catch-and-release length category for flathead catfish |  Photo: MN DNR

June 12, 2017 03:59 PM

SAVAGE, Minn. - Jake Robinson of Shakopee, Minn. has the state record in the catch-and-release length category for flathead catfish.  In fact, he has set the record twice.

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According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Robinson caught and released a 49-inch fish on 100-pound testline while fishing on the Minnesota River near Savage on May 15.  The fish had a girth of 33-1/2 inches, which was identical to his previous catch.

Last year on June 7, Robinson caught his first record-setting fish.  Because of different markings, it appears the two fish are indeed different fish.

Robinson says he has advice for anyone wanting to go after the flathead catfish, “I have 11 years of targeting flathead cats and suggest to new anglers to stay on the move every 20 minutes if you don’t get a bite,” he said in a press release. 

According to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Minnesota has two kinds of state records: one for catching and keeping the biggest fish in each species based on certified weight; and the other for the length of a caught and released muskellunge, lake sturgeon or flathead catfish.

Mike Kurre, the DNR’s mentoring program coordinator, says anglers should become familiar with the record-fish guidelines and be ready to take the required photos and go through the correct procedures for submitting a record catch.  

The DNR announces new state records in news releases, on social media and on the DNR website. Find current records and guidelines for each type of state record at


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