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Idaho tiger musky record smashed

Edward Kalinowski of New Meadows, Idaho, poses with the 44.26-pound Idaho record tiger musky he caught on Aug. 6, 2013, in Little Payette Lake. ( Idaho Fish and Game Department)
Edward Kalinowski of New Meadows, Idaho, poses with the 44.26-pound Idaho record tiger musky he caught on Aug. 6, 2013, in Little Payette Lake. ( Idaho Fish and Game Department)

FISHING -- Edward Kalinowski of New Meadows, Idaho, smashed the state's 12-year-old record for tiger musky while fishing in Little Payette Lake on Aug. 6, the Idaho Fish and Game Department has confirmed.

Kalinowski landed the 44.26 pound lunker on a 12-pound test line with a Neon Magic lure. The fish is 50.5 inches long with a 25-inch girth.

The previous record was 38 pounds, 7 ounces, 48.25 inches with a 22.5- inch girth. It was caught June 16, 2001, in Hauser Lake by Douglas Butts of Eureka Mont., on a Mepps Bucktail Yellow lure.

Tiger muskies have been stocked for trophy fisheries in about 10 Idaho lakes and seven in Washington, including Silver, Newman and Curlew.

  • See a video the Washington Deparatment of fish and Wildlife has posted with tips for catching tiger muskies.



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