Record Burbot Officially Is A Record, DNR Official Says; Lake Winnipeg Delivers A Hot Walleye Bite To Start The New Year

It’s officially official: Minnesota has a new ‘pout king. Mike Kurre, mentoring and events coordinator for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources in St. Paul, sent an email this morning confirming the big burbot Brent Getzler of Roosevelt, Minn., caught Dec. 19 on Lake of the Woods is the new state record. “Received the paperwork…
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Records Show Five Of The Last Seven Minnesota State Record Eelpout Since 1980 Have Come From Lake Of The Woods

Besides the strong start to the winter fishing season, Lake of the Woods has been in the news the past couple of days for the potential new state record eelpout caught Monday north of Pine Island. Brent Getzler of Roosevelt, Minn., was fishing Monday when he caught the big ‘pout, which weighed 19 pounds, 11…
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DNR Employee Just Happened To Be In The Grocery Store To Witness Likely New Minnesota State Record Burbot From Lake Of The Woods

    It’s all but official: Lake of the Woods is about to break its old record for the biggest eelpout ever officially weighed in Minnesota. Brent Getzler, of Roosevelt, Minn., caught the big ‘pout, which weighed 19.67 pounds — 19 pounds, 11 ounces — on a certified scale. Once all the paperwork is complete,…
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The Weather Was Cold, But The Fishing Was Pretty Hot During Trip To Ballard’s Resort On Lake Of The Woods

The temperature Sunday morning in Baudette, Minn., was 53 degrees colder than it is as I write this Monday afternoon in Grand Forks, but the frigid weather didn’t put the chill on an ice fishing excursion yesterday on Lake of the Woods. The action Sunday was downright hot, at times. And fishing in the heated…
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Ice Is Rough In Places, But Thickness And Water Clarity Shaping Up Nicely On Lake Of The Woods

Ice is gaining thickness quickly on Lake of the Woods with the continuing cold snap, but I hadn’t read any reports on water clarity, so I emailed Joe Henry of Lake of the Woods Tourism to see what he had heard. Water clarity can make or break fishing success on Lake of the Woods, and…
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