New Records on Books for Fish Caught in Michigan

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A couple of Michigan fisherman have a reason to brag to their friends.

Two new state records are on the books after they reeled in some big ones this season, including the record for the brown bullhead.

It was caught by Jared Gusler of Fairview in Alcona Pond in Alcona County on Sunday, May 25 while he was bowfishing. The fish weighed 3.77 pounds and measured 17.5 inches. The previous state record was held by Michael Kemp of Lansing after catching a 3.10 brown bullhead on Coldbrook Lake in Kalamazoo County in 1989.

On Sunday, June 15, Joshua Teunis of Grand Haven caught a black buffalo while bowfishing. The fish weighed 41.25 pounds and measured 38.25 inches, breaking the previous record of 37.06 pounds and 39.25 inches. That was caught by Bryan Degoede on the Kalamazoo River in September 2012. State records are recognized by weight only and must be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist.

“We’ve had 12 of Michigan’s 56 state-record fish beat in the past 10 years, which just goes to show you how outstanding the state’s fishing is right now,” said DNR Fisheries Division Chief Jim Dexter. “Start planning your next fishing trip to your favorite body of water – you just might catch the next state record!”

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