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John Gergen caught this 57-inch muskie in Lake Sallie July 1. The fish, as measured by him, is one inch longer than the Minnesota state record muskie but several pounds lighter.

Big muskie caught on Lake Sallie

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A possible Minnesota state record muskie was caught in Lake Sallie last weekend, but the 54-year-old record may still remain intact because of the government shutdown.

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John Gergen, of Pheonix, Ariz., whose family owns a cabin on Lake Sallie, landed the 57-inch monster off the point in the lake on the evening of July 1, using a bulldog lure.

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