The Lake Tugalo fish walleye weighed 10 pounds, 1.44 ounces
Chris Edlund of Spartanburg, S.C. was fishing with his friend Dave Starzek of Greer when Edlund hooked a 10-pound, 1.44-ounce walleye in Lake Tugalo on May 29. Starzek netted the fish.
The walleye now shares the South Carolina state record, tied with a slightly lighter-weight, 10-pound walleye due to a technicality in the state’s record keeping system. Any fish weighing less than 25 pounds must beat the previous record by at least 2 ounces, or it’s counted as a tie.
The two anglers were on the water at 6:30 a.m. and trolled lures from their 13-foot Lowe aluminum boat for about 2 hours when the big fish hit.
“When it surfaced, we got excited. We knew if that wasn’t a record, it was going to be close,” said Edlund.
The 597-acre Lake Tugalo sits on the South Carolina/Georgia border. A small reproducing population of walleye make their home in the lake, which has also been stocked with walleye numerous times by the Georgia DNR.
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