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Biggest Metro Fish


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Curious to see what some of the biggest Metro fish you have caught or seen caught. State the species and size if you have a good one to share.

Mine would be a couple different 52 inch ski's and a 11 inch perch...

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I caught an 11 inch perch on Monday morning. That was fun, other notables are a 6 1/4 lb Largemouth, and a 25inch FAT Walleye last winter. I'll throw up pictures later tonight.

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I've gotten a 23" walleye out of a south metro lake, a 9" sunfish our of a south metro lake, 30" pike out of a metro lake, but probably the most fun I've had in the metro was sight fishing carp, catching one after the other, on a 6wt fly rod. The one below saw the backing twice. I caught 5 or 6 in two hours that day and broke off probably 4 more.

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This summer I'll have more time to do this. It's addicting.

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My PB

52.5" Muskie

41" Pike

29 3/4" Walleye

All fish were released!

But I know there are bigger out there for all of the species I mentioned

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46 1/2" Muskie, 22" Walleye, more than a handful of 20"+ Largemouth...

All within the city limits of Minneapolis since I moved here 3 years ago, still need to do more exploring and find the real big ones.

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Personal Best Metro Fish

41" Tiger muskie

32" Northern pike

23" Walleye

23.5" Largemouth bass

16", 15.5" Crappie

12" Perch

10" Bluegill

33" Carp

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43,41,39,38 inch pike on same metro lake in one season. 11 inch gill,

Could you please tell me the lake? grin That is a awesome accomplishment to get that quality northern in the metro!!

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Caught my secound muskie last summer on a north metro lake it was 53 inches couldnt believe it lol! and lots of 40 inch pike out of the lake. A 15 inch crappie in a private lake in the north metro and an 11 inch Gill. Have yet to catch a noticeable size walleye anywhere though cant even get on above 20 on Northern MN lakes so still looking for her!

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Here's a few Metro fish... all were caught within 60 miles of MPLS...

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1 pound 15 ounce

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1 pound 6 ounces and 1 pound 7 ounces

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My son's PB at 9 1/2"

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14 3/4"

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6+ pounds

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6+ pounds

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6+ pounds

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Pair of 6's during a tourny

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6+ pounds

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26"

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20.75" bass

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10" bluegill

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33.5" ski I hooked into while bass fishing

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Those three were caught out of the same lake which I've also pulled a 13" crappie out of.

But my biggest metro crappie went about 14"

perch maybe 7 or 8"

never targeted eyes or pike in the metro area.

but on the other hand, I've caught some micros

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I've got a pic somewhere of a bluegill I caught that was smaller than the lid on my bait puck.

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Hey Matt J, stop bragging. JK Very nice fish.

My personal best in a METRO lake was on a south metro lake.

17 1/4" black crappie (I will try to find the pic and post) and a 25" wally. (both on the same night ice fishing)

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crappie-12"

bass-several around 21"

walleye-about 16"

gill-under 8"

carp-35lbs +/-

sturgeon-52"

catfish- about 18"

perch-10"

nuffin too impressive around here.

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Pike* - 36"

Smallmouth* - 20"

Largemouth - 20.5*

walleye - 26" (Pool 2)

Sauger* - 20" (pool 2)

* denotes my overall PB

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Biggest fish i caught in the metro would have to be the carp i hauled in on owasso a couple years ago i swear it went forty to fourty five pounds when i picked it up i could hear its body rippen away from its head the thing was huge and kinda deformed like it was hit with a boat prop sometime in its life, it swam funny i thought it was a turtle as i hauled it in, my four biggest walleyes all have been from the metro too, a seven a nine, a ten, and my personal best fish caught a 32 inch twelve plus pounder all caught from shore on the great mississippi

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My best metro fish are a 30" walleye, a 40" pike, and a 49" muskie .... all from Minnetonka, all in the last 4 years.

I was fishing for walleyes when I got the walleye, fishing for pike when I got the pike, and fishing for bass when I got the muskie smile

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Does this one count? I think its a golden shiner or something. Didn't know you can catch these??

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21" LM Bass

36" Pike

Buddy caught 26" walleye

All caught on MPLS. lakes

have caught several 19" SM bass on the Rum River.

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ive got nothing to brag about but my buddy that i bring fishing with me about 10 years ago his 2nd year of ice fishing caught 9.5 lbs walleye and 2 weeks later 18 inch crappie out of bald eagle in the same spot. ive caught 1000 crappies out of there and 100 walleyes but nothing of size

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