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North Dakota State Record Channel Catfish

July 25, 2009


Tina Willis’s catch on July 25 shattered a state record that hadn’t been touched in 18 years.

The Fargo angler reeled in a 42-pound, 1-ounce channel catfish from Moon Lake while using a frog on a 30 pound test line.

The 40-inch fish broke the old record by nearly nine pounds. The previous record of 33 pounds, 4 ounces was taken from the Red River in 1991.

Moon Lake is located southwest of Valley City in Barnes County.

Gene Van Eeckhout, southeast district fisheries supervisor for the North Dakota Game and Fish Department in Jamestown, said catfish were first introduced in Moon Lake in 1986, and then each year from 1989-93.

“The fish could be anywhere from 16-23 years old,” Van Eeckhout said.

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