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LeRoy Chiovitte of Hermantown is reflected in the glass case that encloses his Minnesota state-record walleye. This is the 30th anniversary of the record catch. Chiovitte caught the fish in the Seagull River near Saganaga Lake in 1979. (File/News Tribune)

State walleye record still untouchable after 30 years

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After almost 30 years, LeRoy Chiovitte's state walleye record remains untouchable.

Chiovitte, of Hermantown, caught his 17-pound, 8-ounce state record on the Seagull River where it enters Saganaga Lake on May 13, 1979. The weather was cold that year, and many walleyes spawned late.

Chiovitte had caught a 12½-pounder on Saturday, the season opener, that was spawned out. He hooked his 17½-pounder at about 8 a.m. on Sunday.

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