Muskie Master: Nolan Sprengeler has just shattered a decades-old record with his 56-pound monster of a Mille Lacs Lake muskie.
Minnesota hosts some truly massive muskies. They are, however, elusive. So much so, in fact, that the current state record for muskie (a Lake Winnibigoshish 54-pounder) has been in place since 1957.
Yet as Sprengeler wrote on his Facebook this past week, “The rumors are true!”
Those rumors? Well, they’re about the angler’s 55-pound, 14.8-ounce muskie brought up out of Mille Lacs Lake. And once the papers clear, Nolan will have broken a 64-year-old state record.
“On November 22nd I set out on the last trip of my season with Kevin Kray and Zack Skoglund to chase the queen,” Sprengeler begins in his post. “At about 9pm I felt that tap on my Thorne Bros 9’6” XXH I’ve been searching for all fall. After a quick battle and a few ridiculous head shakes we had it in the bag.”
Nolan “didn’t realize how giant this fish was,” however, until he pulled it out of the net “and immediately called Kevin over to assist with the buddy pictures.”
The result? A monster muskie measuring “an incredible 57.75” in length with a 29” girth. The next hour or so was spent trying to get her to release. Eventually we realized this was not going to happen and made the decision to bring it to a certified scale and crush the Minnesota State Record.”
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That official scale certifies Nolan’s 55 lbs and 14.8 oz muskie. In the grand scheme of things this is one enormous fish. According to the International Game Fish Assn., the all-tackle world record for muskie is a 67-pound, 8-ouncer caught at Lake Court Oreilles in Wisconsin circa 1949.
“Huge shout out to Austin Tausk and Kyle Dorr for helping me find a place to get her weighed and helping with that process,” the angler raves. “Also Randy at the UPS Store was the man for being so cool about weighing it for us. I’m so incredibly blessed to be apart of this journey with my best friends.”
It’s a hell of a tale, to be sure. The 27-year-old Minnetonka native would soon be inundated by curious trades over his record-smasher, too.
Speaking to KARE 11, Sprengeler says that he and his buddies were enjoying “perhaps the final night of fishing” before the lake would ice over and make boating impossible. The air is already a freezing 18 degrees at night, and the crew had break through ice near their marina to fish deeper waters.
The angler then told FTW Outdoors he has indeed submitted all the paperwork to Minnesota Dept. of Natural Resources. He hasn’t heard back yet, but expects to soon.
Congrats from your fellow Outsiders, Nolan, on this massive muskie!