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Great Lakes Fish and Fishing

A Muskie takes the bait. Click for larger image.5 | The Record Book

Some huge fish have been caught in the Great Lakes! Here's a look at some of the biggest.

Related state/provincial records:
Indiana | Michigan | Minnesota
New York | Ohio | Ontario | Pennsylvania | Wisconsin

See also: Pennsylvania's biggest fish of 2000


SPECIES

LENGTH (inches)

WEIGHT (pounds)

YEAR

LAKE

STATE

American Eel 43 7.44 1990 St. Clair Michigan
Atlantic Salmon 41 32.62 1981 Michigan Michigan
Brook Trout NA 14.50 2000 Ontario Ontario
Brown Trout NA 36.72 1997 Michigan Illinois
Burbot 36.25 19.19 2001 Lake of the Woods Minnesota
Chinook Salmon 48 47.81 1991 Ontario New York
Coho Salmon 41.9 33.44 1998 Ontario New York
Lake Herring 25 5.4 1992 Michigan Michigan
Lake Trout NA 63.12 2000 Ontario Ontario
Lake Whitefish 31.75 14.28 1993 Superior Michigan
Largemouth Bass NA 15.31 1985 Erie Pennsylvania
Pink Salmon NA 4.94 1985 Ontario New York
Rainbow Trout NA 31.19 2004 Ontario New York
Round Whitefish 21.5 4.06 1992 Michigan Michigan
Smallmouth Bass NA 9.5 1993 Erie Ohio
Splake 34.5 17.50 2004 Delta Michigan
Walleye 33 16.19 1999 Erie Ohio
Yellow Perch 14.5 2.75 1984 Erie Ohio

Source: State fishing records. Last updated 12/17/2006. Photo: A muskie takes the bait, Ohio Department of Natural Resources.

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