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Justin Hamlin caught Varsity the fish of a lifetime.

Justin Hamlin caught Varsity the fish of a lifetime.

During a guided trip on Keystone last Friday, Justin Hamlin caught the fish of a lifetime. The estimated 157-pound behemoth paddlefish would eclipse the current world record by more than an estimated 10 pounds and would have smashed our state record of 132 pounds! However, state regulations for more than a decade have required all paddlefish snagged on Mondays and Fridays be released immediately to help protect these unique fish from overharvest. The fish was not eligible to be recorded as a state and world record. But the good news is that Justin released the fish and it is still out there for someone to catch again.

Lake Eufaula fishing report

Elevation above normal, water turbid. For current elevation conditions go to the US Army Corps of Engineers website at https://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil/EUFA.lakepage.html. White bass and sauger good on jigs, minnows and worms below the dam. Channel and blue catfish good on chicken liver, cut bait, hotdogs and sunfish along the river channel, river mouth, rocks and shorelines. Crappie good on minnows and jigs at a minimum of 12 ft. in the main lake. Report submitted by Cannon Harrison, game warden stationed in McIntosh County.

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