Wisconsin State Record Whitefish Caught in Lake Michigan

Homely looking and not normally known as a recreationally-targeted fish, the lake whitefish flies under the radar for most sport anglers. But one specimen made a mark on July 9 in Wisconsin.

Roy Stromsness of Sioux Falls, S.D., dropped a spoon 30 feet down in Lake Michigan’s waters and boated a 12-pound, 4-ounce lake whitefish, effectively establishing a new Wisconsin state record. The previous record of 11 pounds, 11 ounces has stood since 1977.

The IGFA world record whitefish stands at 14 pounds.

The fish was boated aboard the Dumper Dan I, with Captain Chuck Nelson at the helm. Trophy whitefish caught on hook and line in the open water don’t come around too often, making Stromsness a pretty lucky angler.

Photo courtesy of Dumper Dan Sportfishing Charters, and the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.