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Washington tops North America list for tiger muskies

Biologist Randy Osborne with 49-inch, 40-pound Curlew Lake tiger musky.
Biologist Randy Osborne with 49-inch, 40-pound Curlew Lake tiger musky.

FISHING -- Washington is outstanding in the latest Lunge Log, the international “brag board” where Muskies Inc. members in North America post their longest catches (and releases).

Tops on the “Longest Releases” for 2012 is a 46 incher hooked on June 16 by Ed Walzer at Lake Merwin Reservoir in Cowlitz County.

Just behind that bruiser in second place is a 45.5 incher hooked May 4 by Douglas Wood at Silver Lake in Spokane County.

Just as impressive is that these two Washington lakes plus Mayfield, Tapps and Curlew in Washington produced nine of the top 25 tiger muskies recorded by Muskies Inc. across North America this year.

Not making the list was the biggest fish of all: a 10-year old, 49-inch, 40-pounder landed by Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologists doing a survey last week at Curlew Lake in Ferry County. 

See the story here.

The biologists say they turned up more fish of that size while electroshocking -- and those fish are still there!

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Rich Landers
Rich Landers joined The Spokesman-Review in 1977. He is the Outdoors editor for the Sports Department writing and photographing stories about hiking, hunting, fishing, boating, conservation, nature and wildlife and related topics.

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