Near-record catfish caught, released near Wahpeton

Photo courtesy: Justin Olson
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WAHPETON, N.D. - A near-record catfish is caught and then released near Wahpeton.

Thirty-year-old Justin Olson of Wahpeton reeled in the three and a half foot catfish at the Kidder Recreation Area Saturday using a minnow rig with a night crawler on 12 pound test line.

Olson says he was fishing from a dock and took about 25 minutes to land. He said it weighed between 35 and 40 pounds.

He said he released it because he wanted to “put it back for the next guy to catch it.”