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Record channel catfish caught on Lake Ida

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Lake Ida has turned out more than walleyes this fall. Bill Meyer of Alexandria got a surprise in late September when he boated a 34-pound channel catfish from the lake.

According to the Echo Press newspaper, Meyer and a friend were fishing for walleyes in about 40 feet of water when he caught the fish.

The catfish was 27 inches long and had a girth of 25 inches. It was four pounds short of the Minnesota record channel catfish, a 38-pounder caught in the Mississippi River.

It was unexpected catch from Lake Ida. Channel catfish are common in rivers like the Red and Chippewa, but neither are near Alexandria.

A Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist guessed Meyer’s catch got into the lake when somebody illegally transplanted it from another body of water.

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OK, who's been "borrowing" our Red River sumo piggys..Come on now...fess up?

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Anyone got a pic of that bad boy?

I assume it was not released?


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WaveWacker

Wow! That is a heck of a fish. That would have been the last thing that I would have suspected to have on the end of my line out on Ida. I would have had visions of the new state record marble eye!!

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Ya it is pretty suspicious to see a huge ol sumo kitty like that in Ida Lake?

It most likely migrated with a little help I would say.

I bet-ch-ya they thought they had the biggest darn Bullhead in history for a minute Eh?

LOL!

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ghotierman

the picture was posted in the Echo-Press...I've saved a copy somewhere...I'll also talk to Bill next chance I get and see if we can't get it posted here. Bill is also a member of the Alexandria Guide Association.

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