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Induction of the MN State Record Walleye

Minnesota's state-record walleye is home! LeRoy Chiovitte's state record walleye was donated by his family to the Gunflint Trail Historical Society.

Chiovitte's, big walleye was caught on the Seagull River where it enters Saganaga Lake. The walleye was caught on May 13, 1979, on the Seagull River, at the end of the Gunflint Trail. The walleye was 35 ¾” long, 21 ¼” girth, and weighed 17 lb. 8 oz.

On May 29, from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m., there will be a special induction of this walleye at the Seagull Community Center.

Join in the celebration with a silent auction; featuring a chance to own a Double Walleye Wire Sculpture that was created by Bud Bullivant, Epicurean Fish Fillet Board, and Charcuterie Boards created by Bruce Kerfoot, and handmade signs by Chad Keiper.

The closest anyone has come to catching (and keeping) a walleye as big was on July 4, 1989, when then-University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks caught one that weighed 17 pounds, 6 ounces on Loon Lake along the Gunflint Trail. It was weighed more than two hours after it was caught and it could have possibly bested Chiovitte's record had it been weighed sooner. But we'll never know.

Fish pictures and big fish stories abound.

Date & Time

May 29, 2022

4:00PM - 6:00PM


Seagull Lake Community Center 7 Seagull Lake Access Road Grand Marais 55604 MN US

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