A 16-pound, 9-ounce walleye caught in April no longer holds the state record due to how the fish was caught.
Following an investigation, North Dakota Game and Fish concluded the fish was foul-hooked or snagged.
In order for a fish to qualify as a state record, it must be caught within the rules for recreational fishing.
The fish was caught April 21st on the Heart River.
The previous record, and now current record, was set in May of 2018, at 15.13 pounds, 32.5 inches.
Prior to that, hadn’t been broken in nearly 60 years.
The record for the largest walleye caught in North Dakota has been broken. Tom Volk from Lincoln reeled in a 16.9 pound walleye Sunday afternoon on the Heart River.
The previous record was set in May of 2018, at 15.13 pounds, 32.5 inches. Prior to that, hadn’t been broken in nearly 60 years.
If you think you’ve caught something that could break the record, take it in to game and fish, have it weighed on a certified scale, and fill out the proper paperwork to have a record recognized.