World record walleye?

by Luigi De Rose | March 9, 2011

world record walleye - men holding a very large walleye

A retired Saskatchewan police officer hopes to claim the ice fishing world record for catch-and-release walleye. Tim Geni, 51, of Wilcox, Saskatchewan, hooked, landed, and released a walleye that measured 33.75 inches in length and 19.375 inches in girth on January 5, 2011.

The huge walleye nailed a PK spoon jigged through the ice on Last Mountain Lake, north of Regina. Geni, who was only using a 4-pound fluorocarbon line on an ice rod and reel, quickly realized he was fighting a giant.

“After I set the hook, the walleye took several long runs,” he recalled. “Its raw power was something else.” The fish was entered under the live-release rod-and-reel ice-fishing category with the Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame in Hayward, Wisconsin.

The International Game Fish Association usually handles world record catches, but is only now implementing a live-release category. To qualify, anglers must use an official IGFA measuring tape. The current walleye record is 32 inches. Caught-and release fish are measured in length, not weight.

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