Giant Walleye Breaks ND’s 60-Year Fish Record

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The walleye Neal Leier caught May 18 broke a North Dakota state record that stood for nearly six decades. Photo courtesy North Dakota Game and Fish Department

A 15-pound walleye caught on the Missouri River is the biggest ever caught in North Dakota.
Neal Leier from Bismarck, N.D., was fishing May 18 with his brother and uncle on the Missouri River near Bismarck when he landed the 32.5-inch walleye. At 15 pounds, 13 ounces, his catch bested the old record by only one ounce.
The old record walleye was caught in 1959 by Blair Chapman in Wood Lake.
The new North Dakota record is still 5 ounces shy of matching the state-record walleye in South Dakota, which weighed 16 pounds, 2 ounces. It was caught by Georgine Chytka in the Fort Randall Tailrace on the Missouri River in November 2002.
— Staff reports