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OMG! Huge State Record Taken While Bowfishing

by Game & Fish Online Staff   |  June 15th, 2018 0

Check out this huge state record taken recently in Michigan while bowfishing.

A bow fisherman has broken a state record in Michigan by catching a massive black buffalo.

Brandon Kramer of Muskegon landed a 46.54-pound record, eclipsing the old state record (44.54 pounds, 2015) by exactly two pounds, according to the Michigan Department of Natural Resources.

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Brandonn Kramer poses with his state record black buffalo, taken while bowfishing on the Grand River in Ottawa County this past May. (Photo courtesy Michigan DNR)

The fish, a member of the sucker family, was caught May 25 on the Grand River in Ottawa County.

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Kramer was fishing with friend Shawn Grawberger when he caught the record, according to a news release.

The record was verified by DNR’s Lake Michigan fisheries manager Jay Wesley.

It was confirmed as a state record by the DNR on June 12.

Kramer’s state record measured 39.75 inches. It was the first record of the year reported by the DNR.

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Two records were set in 2017:

  • Bigmouth Buffalo, 27 pounds, Grand River
  • Cisco (lake herring), 6.36 pounds, Lake Ottawa

State records in Michigan are recognized by weight only. To qualify for a state record, fish must exceed the current listed state record weight and identification must be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist. For more information, visit

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