7 POUND SMALLMOUTH BASS SETS SD RECORD

Posted 12 months ago

By Cassie Ryan

photo courtesy of KOTA Territory News facebook

photo courtesy of KOTA Territory News facebook page

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — A smallmouth bass pulled from Horseshoe Lake in northeastern South Dakota last month is a state record.

The Game, Fish and Parks Department says the 7 pound fish was caught by Derek Valnes of Brandon. It topped the previous record of 6 pounds, 9 ounces. That fish was pulled from Lake Poinsett in 2008.

Valnes’ bass was 21 1/2 inches long and had a girth of 18 inches. It marks the 19th time the state record smallmouth bass has been bested.