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New York

Like Virginia, New York is one of the few states lucky enough to have extraordinary saltwater and freshwater fisheries. The sharks of Montauk are infamous, but I set my sights on Lake Erie’s legendary walleyes. My mom has family on Lake Erie, and we spent the day fishing for walleye during one family visit. We fished with Dan Korzenski ( out of Dunkirk, New York.

Dan’s site features some amazing walleye, steelhead, and trout, and my personal experience with him was no less amazing. We caught our limit of walleyes and, more importantly, I caught two walleyes over 10 pounds, with the larger being 10.5 pounds (still my personal best) and the other being around 10 pounds, both easily eclipsing the New York trophy minimum of eight pounds. My mom added a trophy walleye of her own, a 9.1-pounder, her personal best. Dunkirk actually hosted a tournament that day and my 10.5 pounder would have been the biggest fish if we had entered.

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