That cant be WORLD record, The National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame lists the world record as 51 pounds and 3 ounces, pulled from Lac Vieux along the Michigan-Wisconsin border in 1919.
Washington state record is 31.25 pounds
South Dakota state record is 37 pounds, 7 ounce
North Dakota 46-pound 8-ounce as examples
Maybe record through ice?
Click the link and check it out. It is a Ice Fishing on Tip-up world record. Beat the old one from MA by 5 oz.
I saw it the next day at Bearwood (Rose is mounting it). Was there when they weighed in #2 for the derby 24 lbs even still an awsome fish. In total three Tigers were weighed in over 20 lbs for the weekend.
Bigger indeed, I know they boated a 32 lb'r last summer out there was in the paper the next week.
First of all, if you haven't gone winter backpacking, it needs to happen in the near future. It puts a very unique twist on the summer version of the activity. Yes, it's cold but it's nothing that being prepared can't remedy. Beyond it's therapeutic and recreational value, I think it is a very good tool for the big game hunter as well. I don't think that you can spend too much time getting to know the ins and outs of the area that you hunt. And there is no better way to gain experience in...