Maryland State Record Musky Caught

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In April, 2011, a 12 year-old boy caught a 31.75 pound muskellunge (musky), setting a new Maryland State record for the species.

On April 14, Kenneth Files of West Virginia and his father were fishing in the Potomac River, which was in a flood stage. Kenneth spotted an eddy and cast a large white plastic grub lure into the stained waters and a large fish took the bait. He eventually steered the fish, measuring 45 inches long with an astounding girth of 24 inches, into shallow waters.

Kenneth and his father registered their catch at the Maryland Fishing Challenge Award Center at Wolf’s On the Square in Williamsport. After getting an approximate weight, it appeared that the fish could be a Maryland State record. The Files iced the fish until they could get it to a State-certified scale at a local feed and grain store.

The previous muskellunge record of 28.25 pounds was caught in 2004 by Matt Deal in the Upper Potomac.

The muskellunge is sometimes called “the fish of 10,000 casts.”

source: MD DNR

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