Record Breaking Fish? Or Law Breaking Fisherman? Both.



How much would you pay for the experience of having a world record-sized fish on the other end of your ice fishing line?

$100? $1000?

On Tuesday, the Pioneer Press reported Crane Lake resident Rob Scott ended up paying $475 for that thrilling opportunity — $400 in fines, plus $75 in court costs.

Back on February 8th, the 65-year-old Scott reeled in a 52 pound, 3 ounce lake trout while fishing Lac La Croix on the Minnesota-Canada border. The finned beast was 45 inches long with a girth larger than my waist size — 32 inches.

In fact, Scott’s fish (unofficially) shattered the previous “tip up” ice fishing record for lake trout, which is a comparatively small at 29 pounds, 6 ounces.

So, why the fine?

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Well, Scott happened to be fishing on the Canadian side of the border when he caught the fish. He’d also caught and kept a 4-pounder earlier in the day, so the 52-pounder placed him in violation of Ontario law which limits daily trout possession to one.

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources (MNR) enforcement supervisor Kevin Elliot summed up the scenario succinctly:

“He killed two fish. You’re only allowed to kill one.”

The would-be-record fish was later “seized” by Minnesota DNR authorities working in conjunction with their counterparts from Ontario’s MNR.

Rob Scott seemed rather less-than-bothered by the illegal aspects of his record-setting catch:

“I fully plan on getting a replica (mount) made. No one can take away the fact that I pulled a 52-pound fish through a 10-inch hole ice fishing.”

Scott didn’t contest the charges against him — instead, he paid the fine. And then he reportedly snowmobiled back up the the same lake this past weekend and reeled in another near-record lunker — a 26 pound lake trout.


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Brent Lee

Brent and his dog Steve live in Eagan where they spend their time eating, sleeping and getting into adventures. Apart from the brutal, inhumane winters, they are both convinced Minnesota is a top five global destination. Brent is happiest when he is playing football, laughing, discussing philosophy, eating Chipotle, watching anything Larry David created, doing funny character voices while reading children's books to his two little nieces, or writing about whatever happens to cross his mind, unapologetically stretching sentence length and comma usage as far as the editor will allow. Also, Brent's nemesis is Burt Reynolds, though Mr. Reynolds is likely unaware of this rivalry.

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