All in the Family: Mom Breaks Daughter's State Record


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Brenda Carter (left) broke her daughter Ericka's (right) Wisconsin record for pumpkinseed. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

A Wisconsin mother broke a catch-and-release state record set last year by her daughter.


Catching state records has been like daughter, like mother for one Wisconsin family.


A year after her daughter, Erika, broke the catch-and-release state record for pumpkinseed, Brenda Carter accomplished the same feat with a 9-inch pumpkinseed, beating her daughter's record by a quarter-inch.

Mother and daughter were fishing on Lake Noquebay in Marinette County on July 4 when the fish bit. It was the same lake where Ericka caught her record. The two were fishing together during both record catches.

"That record was not something that was a goal for me. Erika goes to UW-Stevens Point for fisheries and she was very excited to have set the record," Brenda Carter said in a Wisconsin DNR report on 2018 records.

"My daughter says [her mom setting the new fish record] gives her a goal to shoot for. It could be by the end of the summer. We hope to catch a bigger one someday!"

Fisheries biologist Karl Sheidegger, who coordinates the state records program says there's been a stinger full of records set so far in 2018, partly due to new live-release categories and growth of alternative-method fishing.

Other state records set so far:

2018 Live Release records (catch-and-release)

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Todd Meerdink with his state-record white (catch-and-release). (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

White Bass: Todd Meerdink of Waupaca, 18 1/2 inches, Sunset Lake, Waupaca County, Feb. 10. This was the second time the white bass live release record has been broken over the past year.

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Michael Esche of Cudahy caught and released an 11-inch bluegill on Feb. 28 from the Mississippi River. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

Bluegill: Michael Esche of Cudahy, 11 inches, Mississippi River, Crawford County, Feb. 28. The fish bettered the existing record by a half-inch.

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Scott Erickson of Burlington caught and released a 23-1/2-inch rainbow trout on March 31. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

Rainbow Trout: Scott Erickson of Burlington, 23 1/2 inches, private pond, Racine County, March 31.

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Alex Gerucisi caught and released a state-record 8-1/2-inch green sunfish. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

Green Sunfish: Alex Gerucisi, 8 1/2 inches, urban pond, Waukesha County, May 24.

2018 By Weight records (hook and line)

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Gregory Banbenek of Duluth, Minn., caught an 11-3/4-inch, 3/4 pound creek chub on Jan. 1. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

Creek Chub: Gregory Banbenek of Duluth, Minn., 11 3/4 inches, 3/4 pounds, Aminicon Lake, Douglas County, Jan. 1. The fish bettered the existing record by a little over 2 ounces.

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Stanley Von Ruden of Norwalk set the initial record for a spotted sucker on Feb. 22. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

Spotted Sucker: Stanley Von Ruden of Norwalk, 20 1/2 inches, 4 pounds, 10.2 ounces, Lake Onlaska, La Crosse County, Feb. 22. This is the initial record for the species.

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Scott Erickson of Burlington bettered the existing tiger trout record by a little over a quarter of a pound. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

Tiger Trout: Scott Erickson of Burlington, 16 inches, 2 pounds, 1 ounce, private pond, Racine County, May 9. The fish bettered the previous record by a little over a quarter of a pound. 

2018 By Weight records (alternate method)

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Ross Lubner of Campbellsport now holds the alternate method record for white sucker, beating a record barely a month old. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

White Sucker: Brandon Smith of Elkhorn, 24 1/2 inches, 6 pounds, 15.8 ounces, Delavan Lakein Walworth County, March 15. It shattered the record by nearly two pounds.

White Sucker: Ross Lubner of Campbellsport, 24 1/2 inches, 7 pounds, 6.7 ounces, Pine Lake, Waukesha County, April 21. Smith's record last only about five weeks.

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Longnose Sucker: Shawn Schmidt of Denmark, 21 1/4 inches, 3 pounds, 9.9 ounces, Lake Michigan, Door County, April 29. This is the initial record for the species.

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Dale Fahrni bettered his own record by almost half a pound set three years earlier. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

Spotted Sucker: Dale Fahrni, 22 inches, 5 pounds, 6.7 ounces, Wisconsin River, Richland County, April 21. He broke his own record set three years ago by about a half-pound.

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Brian Thompson of Newburg, Mo., shot a 35-5/8-inch, 5 pound 1 ounce shortnose gar on May 27 from Lake Butte des Morts in Winnebago County. (Photo courtesy of Wisconsin DNR)

Shortnose Gar: Brian Thompson of Newburg, Mo.,  35 5/8 inches, 5 pounds, 1 ounce, Lake Butte des Morts, Winnebago County, May 27. 

Longnose Gar: Jason Behrens of Arcadia,  56 1/8 inch, 19 pounds, 5.4 ounces, Mississippi River, Trempealeau County, May 24. The fish broke the current record by almost a pound.

To see more state fish records and to learn what to do if you think you've caught a record fish, go to dnr.wi.gov and search "record fish." 

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