One More World-Record Muskie

The last thing the fishing world needs is another muskie record, but here we go anyway …

Joseph Seeberger's Michigan state record muskie is now a world record fish according to the International Committee of the Modern Day Muskellunge World Record Program. Joseph caught the 58-pound, 58-inch long muskie on light tackle on Lake Bellaire on October 12.

Lake Bellaire is part of a chain of lakes that near Lake Michigan. These lakes, according to Michigan Department of Natural Resources fisheries biologist Patrick Hanchin, are ideal for finding monster 'skies.

"The conditions are perfect for growing big muskies there," said Hanchin. "There is abundant forage and coolwater refuge."

Apparently so as Joseph's muskie beat the previous state record holder by 7 pounds, 8 ounces. That fish, caught by Kyle Anderson in 2009, weighed 50 pounds, eight ounces.

Although Joseph's catch is the Michigan state record holder and the International Committee of the Modern Day Muskellunge World Record Program's world record it is not the International Game Fish Association's world record holder. That honor goes to Cal Johnson's 67 pound, 8 ounce muskie caught on Lake Court Oreilles in Hayward, Wisconsin back in 1949.

Oh and then there's the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame, which recognizes Louis Spray's 69-pound, 11-ounce muskie as the world-record muskie. That fish was caught in 1949.