A fish caught in Melton Hill Reservoir on Thursday could break a state record, wildlife officials said.
The muskellunge, better known as a musky, was hauled in by angler Stephen Paul in the Knox County portion of Melton Hill Reservoir on Thursday evening, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said.
The giant musky weighed 43 pounds and 14 ounces. It bit Paul’s artificial lure around 6 p.m. Thursday and provided him with the “catch of a lifetime,” the TWRA said.
The fish could break a 34-year-old state record.
The TWRA said muskellunge are a challenging fish to catch, particularly when they get older and wiser.
Paul’s friend Dylan Gano was with him to document the historic catch. [Read more…]