Aaron Schuck shows off his state record 16.8-pound walleye from South Dakota's Lake Oahe.

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Angler Sets New South Dakota Walleye Record


A North Dakota man has set a new walleye state record in South Dakota. Aaron Schuck caught a massive walleye that weighed in at 16.8 pounds; Schuck caught the fish on Friday on Lake Oahe while pulling a crankbait.

According to the South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks agency, the old state record for a walleye caught by hook and line in South Dakota is 16 pounds, 2 ounces, set in 2002. On Tuesday, SDGFP confirmed Schuck’s walleye was the new state record.

The walleye was caught Friday, Oct. 27, on Lake Oahe near Akaska. The fish officially was 16 pounds, 8 ounces, was 33 inches long, and had a girth of 21 inches.

Schuck said it was a cold day fishing on the Missouri River, and he initially didn’t think his fish would be a state record because a scale on the boat wasn’t showing the fish weighed more than 16 pounds. It wasn’t until he was back home in North Dakota and a scale he had showed it weighed 16 pounds, 5 ounces. SDGFP said the official weight was 16 pounds, 8 ounces.

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