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North Dakota Game and Fish Department confirms new state record burbot

Shane Johnson of Minot caught 19-pound, 8-ounce burbot Jan. 3 from the Garrison Dam Tailrace.

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Shane Johnson of Minot with the the 19-pound, 8-ounce burbot he caught Wednesday, Jan. 4, 2023, while fishing in the Garrison Dam Tailrace. The big burbot measured 41¾ inches and is North Dakota's pending state record for the species. It's expected to be confirmed as the state record burbot sometime around Feb. 1.
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BISMARCK – It’s official – North Dakota has a new state record burbot, the Game and Fish Department said Monday in confirming the catch. Shane Johnson’s 19-pound, 8-ounce burbot broke a state record that’s been in the books for nearly 40 years.

The Minot angler caught the 41.5-inch fish Jan. 3 from the Garrison Dam Tailrace.

The previous record of 18 pounds, 4 ounces was set in 1984 by Orland Kruckenberg, a Hazen angler who was fishing the Knife River.

Once confirmed by Game and Fish, the 19-pound, 8-ounce burbot will be the new state record, topping the existing state record, an 18-pound, 4-ounce, 41-inch burbot caught June 4, 1984.

Johnson’s record-setting catch is just shy of the Minnesota state record, a 19-pound, 10-ounce burbot caught by Brent Getzler of Roosevelt, Minn., in December 2016 on Lake of the Woods.

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