A smallmouth bass pulled from Horseshoe Lake in northeastern South Dakota last month is officially a state record.
The South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department says the 7-pound, 3-ounce fish was caught by Lyal Held of Barnesville, Minn. It topped the previous record set in 2013 by 3 ounces. That fish was also reeled from Horseshoe Lake.
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Held's bass was 19.5 inches long and had a girth of 19 inches. It marks the 20th time the state record smallmouth bass has been bested.
Mark Ermer, GF&P regional fisheries manager, says the angler had been trying to break the record for some time. He says the bass caught on April 23 is "a fish of a lifetime."