- Associated Press - Friday, December 25, 2015

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) - A team of Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staffers have netted a massive walleye in a Jackson County lake.

Biologist Daniel Hatleli and fish technicians Brad Betthauser and Eric Kramer captured and released the whopper in Lake Wazee on Dec. 16 while they were out conducting a sampling survey.

The LaCrosse Tribune newspaper reports (https://bit.ly/1RGXEm6 ) that they snapped a photo and recorded the fish at 17.5 pounds and more than 32-inches long. An 18-pounder caught in 1933 in Vilas County holds the state walleye record.

Betthauser told The Associated Press that he has been a fish technician for 10 years, and neither he nor anyone else on the crew had ever handled a walleye that long or heavy before.

It’s possible the fish could grow into a record-breaker - provided someone could catch it and get it onto an official scale.

“They are hard to get ahold of,” Hatleli told the Tribune.

Wazee is the deepest manmade lake in Wisconsin, at 350 feet. It has different temperature layers and very little plant life.

“Because of its uniqueness,” Hatleli said, “a lot of your typical fishing techniques you would use in most lakes around here and in Wisconsin aren’t going to apply.”


Information from: The Daily Telegram, https://www.superiorwi.com

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