MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Two Minnesota anglers set different catch-and-release records on the same day last month.

The Department of Natural Resources says that on May 8 Cindy Pawlowski, of Frazee, caught a record lake sturgeon and Steven DeMars, of Stillwater, caught a record flathead catfish.

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Both were first-time records, as the state fish program was recently expanded to include catch-and-release records.

Pawlowski’s record sturgeon was reeled in on Rainy River in Koochiching County. It measured 62 and 7/8 inches in length and 29 inches in girth.

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DeMars’ catfish was caught on the St. Croix River in Washington County. His catch was 47 inches in length and 30 inches in girth.

(credit: DNR)

(credit: DNR)

The new catch-and-release records were put in place following the rise in popularity of catch-and-release fishing, the DNR said. Catch-and-release records are available for muskellunge, lake sturgeon and flathead catfish.

While traditional fish records are set according to a fish’s weight, catch-and-release records are set on measurements of a fish’s length and girth. An angler must also be photographed with the fish.

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