BLUEWATER, N.M. (AP) - Bluewater Lake State Park has become a hot spot for catching record big fish.
An Edgewood man recently landed a 46-inch tiger muskie that weighed 31 pounds and 14 ounces, setting the state record.
The New Mexico Department of Game and Fish says there have been several other close contenders at the lake. The record has changed hands three times in the last year and a half.
Justin Easley caught his record muskie in May near the Bluewater Lake dam.
The department has stocked hundreds of thousands of tiger muskie fry and fingerlings in Bluewater and Quemado lakes since May 2003 to control goldfish and white suckers.
Anglers have been required to return all muskies to the water since April 2010, under a 40-inches-or-larger bag limit.
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