Walleye caught near Clinton comes close to state record

Dale Merchant with walleye caught in Mississippi River near Clinton - photo from Iowa DNR on Facebook

Dale Merchant with walleye caught in Mississippi River near Clinton - photo from Iowa DNR on Facebook

A monster walleye caught in the Mississippi River came close to the state record in Iowa.

Dale Merchant released the huge catch made in the tailwaters of Lock and Dam 13 according to the DNR’s Facebook post.

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The day after they posted Merchant’s photo with the fish, the DNR announced the fish was one pound shy of tying the state record.

Merchant’s catch weighed 13 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 29 inches long.

“The current Iowa record walleye was caught in Spirit Lake during 1968,” according to the DNR website. “The fish was 31 1/2 inches in length and weighed 14 pounds, 2 ounces. Several larger individuals have been reported in netting operations for brood fish.”