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New Montana state record walleye caught in Holter Lake

| May 20, 2021 1:00 AM

Trevor Johnson of Helena reeled in a nearly 3-foot-long walleye from Holter Lake near Helena on May 10.

Johnson's fish weighed in at 18.02 pounds on a certified scale, measured 32.25 inches in length and 22 inches in girth. He caught the record-setting fish on a jig.

The previous state walleye record was set in 2007 with a 17.75-pound fish from Tiber Reservoir.

Other recent state record fish include a chinook salmon caught last August, a smallmouth bass in October, a yellow bullhead in December, a brown trout in February, a longnose sucker in March and a largemouth bass in April.

With a total of 91 native and introduced fish species found in Montana, interest in fish records has increased in recent years.

— By Daily Inter Lake