- Associated Press - Monday, May 15, 2017

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Another North Dakota fish record has fallen.

The state Game and Fish Department says Derek Larson, of Mandan, used a bow and arrow to land a state record buffalo fish on May 5 in the Heart Butte Reservoir.

The 57-pound, 8-ounce whopper beat the previous record of 54 pounds, a fish taken in the Heart River in 2011 by Dickinson resident Keith Huschka.

Larson’s fish is the largest ever weighed in the state outside of paddlefish and pallid sturgeon.

His record came just two weeks after Derek Barnick, of Tappen, took a 31 pound, 9 ounce common carp from Lake Etta-Alkaline with a bow and arrow. That broke the record of 31 pounds set by Thompson resident Austin Loberg, who caught his whopper in the Sheyenne River in 2003.

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