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2012 Master Anglers!

2012 Master Anglers!

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Outstanding smallmouth bass fisheries dominated the program with 88 lunkers. Largemouth bass followed (68), with pike (61), muskie (41), and rainbow/steelhead (36), and walleye (33) next. Muskie entries have never before topped those for walleyes.

To find hot lakes and prime times to fish them, peruse these records. For example, Bob Daly of Indiana has consistently picked a prime time to target coho salmon in Alaska, bagging the two biggest this year as well as the largest one in 2011, all from the Cinder River.

Anglers landed three pike of 50 inches or more, fish of a lifetime: one from Alaska, one from famous Reindeer Lake and one from Minnesota's Boundary Waters Canoe Area. And speaking of massive toothies, consider Ryan Marjama's 58½-inch muskie from Leech Lake, Minnesota, caught on a sucker rig! For the scoop on this deadly presentation, check the new In-Fisherman Pike & Muskie Guide on news stands or available on our website. On a smaller scale, give props for Arthur Huttemeyer Sr.'s 31-inch pickerel from Lake Hopatcong in New Jersey. They don't get much bigger than that.


Some notable cats were entered, led by Kyle Simmons' 56½-inch monster from the Missouri River. In West Virginia, Mark Foster set a new state record for blues with a 43.9-incher that weighed 44½ pounds. Amazingly, he also set the state record for longnose gar on the same day. A 52-inch flathead also was caught in Tappan Lake, Ohio, and Brandy Tiller landed a 77-pounder at Clinton Lake, Missouri. Also noteworthy are big cat catches on cut Asian carp, both silver and bighead.


Catch a lunker, check size requirements for that species, and fill out the application found in In-Fisherman or at in-fisherman.com.

Bob Daly

Coho Salmon
Whitting, IN
Cinder River, AK
34.5" 9/10
Pixee Spoon

Chris Wagner

Chinook Salmon
Newfane, NY
Lake Ontario, NY
40'' 7/14
DW Spin Doctor

Sarn Eash

Chinook Salmon
Johnstown, PA
Creek, NY
44'' 10/22
Salmon Egg

Robert Soris

Chinook Salmon
Niskayuna, NY
Salmon River, NY
42'' 9/29
Salmon Egg Fly

Steven Frymoyer

Rainbow-Steelhead Trout
West Lawn, A
Salmon River, NY
31'' 11/4
Single Egg

Robert Swiatek

Rainbow-Steelhead Trout
Bellville, OH
Conneaut Creek, OH
30.5'' 3/18
Egg Sac

V. Ted Peterson

Rainbow-Steelhead Trout
Manteno, IL
St. Joseph River, MI
30'' 11/15
Mepps Aglia, slv #3

Doug Kowles

Brown Trout
Winona, MN
Whitewater River, MN
24'' 5/11
Jig & Craw

Matt Peterson

Brown Trout
Elgin, IL
Lake Michigan, WI
34'' 9/21
Jerkbait

Gene Ekdahl II

Brook Trout
New Richmond, WI
Lake Nipigon, ON
23.5'' 6/13
Rapala

Brent Wallace

Lake Trout
Buena Vista, CO
Twins Lake, CO
42'' 4/17
Swimbait, Gold

Brian Kemp

Lake Trout
Tonawanda, NY
Upper Niagara River, NY
36'' 3/17
Lucky Crafter Ponter XD

Dennis Musgraves

Lake Trout
North Pole, AK
Harding Lake, AK
36'' 4/21

Greg Engel

Lake Trout
Scottsdale, AZ
Clifton Lake, MB
41'' 6/9
Half Wave Spoon

Jay Zvolanek

Lake Trout
Downers Grove, IL
Nueltin Lake, MB
37.5'' 6/24

Kurt Benner

Lake Trout
Tiburon, CA
Scott Lake, CAN
39'' 7/29

David Meleedy

Lake Trout
Amesbury, MA
Nueltin Lake, MB
39'' 6/21
Daredevil

Robert Swiatek

Lake Trout
Bellville, OH
Lake Erie, NY
37.5'' 7/6
Spoon, Purple

Timothy Steinmetz

Northern Pike
Escanaba, MI
Little Bay de Noc, MI
40.625'' 7/26
Spinnerbait

Adam Melquist

Muskellunge
Fargo, ND
Detroit Lake, MN
51'' 9/11
In-line Spinner

Alex Udwari

Muskellunge
Tampa, FL
Lake of the Woods, ON
51'' 7/9
Dan Gibbons Danny Bait

Michael Nickel

Muskellunge
North Olmsted, OH
Pigeon Lake, ON
51.5'' 9/14
Musky Mayhem Double Cowgirl

Michael Kaplan

Muskellunge
Chicago, IL
Lake St. Clair, MI
51'' 12/8
Bulldawg, Black/Orange

Mike Harnetty

Muskellunge
Scandia, MN
Lac Seul, ON
53'' 9/18
Northland Booty Call

Patrick Haley

Muskellunge
Elk River, MN
Cedar Lake, ON
51'' 9/3
Poes Awakener, Yellow Stripes

Charlie Hall

Northern Pike
Bismark, ND
Artery Lake, CAN
43'' 5/28
Mepps, Red/White #5

Dawson Smith

Northern Pike
Billings, MT
Last Mountain Lake, SK
46'' 6/12
Rapala Husky Jerk, Silver/Blue #12

Kip Theno

Northern Pike
Long Beach, CA
BWCA, MN
51'' 9/12
Rapala, White

Kurt Benner

Northern Pike
Tiburon, CA
Scott Lake, CAN
45'' 7/28

Arthur Huttemeyer Sr.

Chain Pickerel
Budd Lake, NJ
L Hopatcong, NJ
31'' 9/22
Gulp! Grub, 6''

George D'Amato

Chain Pickerel
Canadaigua, NY
Seneca Lake, NY
25'' 3/15
Little Cleo Spoon, Silver/Blue

Patty Stalb

Chain Pickerel
Manheim, PA
Oneida Lake, NY
24'' 7/12
Senko, Red/Black

David Terrill

Chain Pickerel
Denisort, MA
Pond, MA
28'' 4/13
Worm

Adam Tomlin

Carp (Common or Grass)
Cumberland, IN
Sylvan Lake, IN
36'' 3/25
Wacker Pineapple Corn Pips

Brian Wingard

Carp (Common or Grass)
Hollsopple, PA
Juniata Lake, PA
36.5'' 11/28
CC Moore Boilies/Hair Rig

Conner Huffman

Carp (Common or Grass)
Galloway, OH
Reservoir, OH
36.25'' 6/24
Corn

Quinn Leonard

Carp (Common or Grass)
Reading, MI
Bel Aire Lake, MI
34.5'' 7/18
Sweet Corn

Mark Foster

Blue Catfish
Saint Albans, WV
Ohio River, WV
43.9'' 9/24
Skipjack

Kyle Simmons

Blue Catfish
Raytown, MO
Missouri River, MO
56.5'' 8/3
Bighead Carp

Robby Cothern

Blue Catfish
Elizabethtown, KY
Rolling Fork River, KY
52'' 3/14
Cut Skipjack

Blake Hasiuk

Channel Catfish
Winnipeg, MB
Red River, MB
36'' 5/12
Shrimp

Joe Gunter

Flathead Catfish
Highspire, PA
Susquehanna River, PA
43'' 5/20
Sunfish

Luke Tiffany

Flathead Catfish
Roscoe, IL
Rock River, IL
46'' 7/9
Cut Bluegill

Robby Robinson

Flathead Catfish
Senecaville, OH
Tappan Lake, OH
52'' 8/15
Bluegill

James Heitz

White Bass
Omaha, NE
Enemy Swim Lake, SD
17'' 6/21
Jerkbait

Jack Wall

White Bass
Seward, NE
Lake Oahe, SD
18'' 9/19
Worm/Jig

Justin Rousey

Striper
Sykesville, MD
Libery Reservoir, MD
40.5'' 2/27
Shiner

Paul Krystopa

Striper
Drexel Hill, PA
Delaware River, PA
37'' 5/29
Bloodworm

Richard Buchinski

Striper
Dickson City, PA
Lake Wallenpaupack, PA
37'' 10/5
Alewife

Brent Sasse

Hybrid Striped Bass
Lincoln, NE
28'' 4/28
Jig

James Ramsey

Hybrid Striped Bass
Tarentum, PA
Ohio River, PA
30'' 4/24
Storm WildEye Swim Shad

Joseph Keiffer

Hybrid Striped Bass
Craigsville, WV
Kanawa River, WV
24.5'' 4/20
Minnow

Tyler Hill

Hybrid Striped Bass
Olathe, KS
Lake La Cygne, KS
28'' 7/21
Shad

Louis Varela

Hybrid Striped Bass
Sparks, NV
Reservoir, NV
27'' 8/27
Crankbait

Jim Uran

Blue Gill
Lengby, MN
Roy Lake, MN
11.5'' 8/11
Northland Fire-Fly

Willis Graves

Blue Gill
Osawatomie, KS
Echo Lake, MN
11.5'' 9/14
Roadrunner/Nightcrawler

William Aslin

Redear Sunfish
Spokane, WA
Canal, AZ
13'' 4/22

Bob Dippery

Redear Sunfish
Apache Junction, AZ
Canal, AZ
14.5'' 4/21
Worm

Gary Harmon

Redear Sunfish
Radford, VA
Reservoir, VA
11'' 11/10
Red Wigglers

Douglas Hall

Smallmouth Bass
Columbus, MI
Lake St. Clair, MI
24'' 6/11
Worm

Dwight Hottle

Smallmouth Bass
Erie, PA
Lake Erie, PA
22.5'' 4/7
Lucky Craft Pointer, Clown

Greg Clusiau

Smallmouth Bass
Keewatin, MN
Lake Mille Lacs, MN
20'' 2/18
Macho Minnow, Gold/Orange 1/8 oz

Darren Beach

Smallmouth Bass
Toronto, ON
Lake Baptiste
21'' 10/14
Spinnerbait

John Amato

Smallmouth Bass
Darien, IL
Birch Lake, WI
21'' 6/15
Grub

Kay Hawley

Smallmouth Bass
Edina, MN
Lake Mille Lacs, MN
21.375'' 10/19
Minnow

Marcus Gersch

Smallmouth Bass
Bridgeport, NY
Oneida Lake, NY
21.5'' 9/9
Panfish Asassin

Nathan Smutka

Smallmouth Bass
Hutchinson, MN
Lake Mille Lacs, MN
20.5'' 7/27
Berkley Flicker Shad

Paul Strege

Smallmouth Bass
Deerfield, WI
Big Green Lake, WI
20.25'' 10/28
Terminator Super Stainless Rig

Pete Cartwright

Smallmouth Bass
White Oak, PA
Keystone Lake, PA
21'' 5/17
Tube, Green Pumpkin

Richard Quinsey

Smallmouth Bass
Kingston, ON
Sypenham Lake, ON
22'' 8/10
Worm

Tim McDonald

Smallmouth Bass
Warren, NJ
Reservoir, NJ
20'' 7/25
Lucky Craft Sammy

Todd Matera

Smallmouth Bass
Palmer, MA
Reservoir, MA
23.25'' 7/20
Perch

Christopher Lawson

Largemouth Bass
Philadelphia, PA
Ona Lake, MI
22'' 7/6
Yamato Senko, Pumpkin/Charcoal

Jason Carlson

Largemouth Bass
LeMars, IA
Pond, IA
23'' 1/16
Waxworm

Jeff Raybourn

Largemouth Bass
Oscoda, MI
Cedar Lake, MI
25.5'' 6/4
Minnow

Kyle Orendorff

Largemouth Bass
Rockton, IL
Victoria Lake, IL
23'' 4/3
Yum Crawbug/Brown Jig

Nam Nguyen

Largemouth Bass
Apple Valley, MN
Spirit Lake, MN
23'' 6/2
Rat-L-Trap, Crawdad

Rainer Raaska

Largemouth Bass
Spring, TX
Houston County Lake, TX
26.25'' 3/24
Lizard, Watermelon/Red

Steve Cicciarelli

Largemouth Bass
Peoria, IL
Hidden Lake, IL
26'' 7/15
Mepps, White #1

Jared Sutton

Largemouth Bass
Chester, VA
Pond, VA
25'' 4/10
Strike King KVD Crankbait, Charcoal

Randall Wong

Largemouth Bass
Colesville, MD
Farm Pond, FL
26'' 2/10
Shiner

Mark Beckman

Walleye
Hayward, WI
Lac Seul, ON
30.33'' 7/7
Northland Lipstick Jig, Orange/Charcoal/Leech

Mark Pothen

Walleye
Mounds View, MN
Farm Pond, MN
31.5'' 9/20
Redtail

Michael Faley

Crappie (Black or White)
Johnston, IA
Reservoir, IA
14.75'' 7/16
Rapala Shad Rap

Noah Ransom

Crappie (Black or White)
Carlisle, IA
Private Lake, IA
14.5'' 9/30
Beetle Spin

Troy Smutka

Crappie (Black or White)
Chaska, MN
Lake Waconia, MN
16.5'' 3/25
Berkly PowerBait Minnow on Jig

Jonathon Baker

Yellow Perch
Chassell, MI
Lake Gogebic, MI
15'' 8/17
Jig and Crawler

Gary Harmon

Walleye
Radford, VA
Claytor Lake, VA
30'' 11/26
Shiner

Jason Grahek

Walleye
East Bethel, MN
Pokegama Lake, MN
30.125'' 6/9
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