Fishing guide Thad Hinshaw hoists a muskie netted Thursday at Evergreen Lake that was just under 48 inches long and weighed more than 40 pounds.
State record muskie ... netted
While it’s not nearly as exciting as an actual state record, Evergreen Lake did produce a record-class muskie today during annual spring trap-net surveys.
One of biologist Mike Garthaus’ nets held a 51-inch muskie that weighed close to 37 pounds. Fishing guide Thad Hinshaw (pictured above and below) hoists the fish. Hinshaw volunteered to help Garthaus and Evergreen Lake staff lift the nets, which were bulging on this day.
But the most impressive toothy critter was just shy of 48 inches and weighed slightly more than 40 pounds according to Mike Steffa, who oversees the lake and Comlara Park.
That’s larger than the 38-pound, 8-ounce, 50 3/4-inch muskie Matt Carmean (pictured below) caught on April 20, 2002 in the spillway below Lake Shelbyville. Click here to read Carmean’s story.
Overall 109 muskies and 89 saugeye were collected. The largest saugeye was just over 8 pounds. Trap netting continues Friday at Evergreen.
Evergreen has produced record fish numerous times before during the spring trap-net surveys and holds the current state record saugeye, a 9-pound, 10-ounce chunk Dan Murphy caught on Dec. 7, 2001.
Now the challenge facing anglers is to hook into one of the big muskie that call Evergreen home.