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Derek Valnes of Brandon caught this record-setting smallmouth bass at Horseshoe Lake on Oct. 26. (Photo courtesy of South Dakota Game, Fish & Parks Department)

Smallmouth Bass state record falls

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PIERRE — A 7-pound smallmouth bass caught by Derek Valnes of Brandon in Horseshoe Lake on Oct. 26 is the new state record for that species of fish.

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Horseshoe Lake is located in Day County. The smallmouth bass was 21-1/2 inches long and had a girth of 18 inches. The fish topped the previous record of 6 pounds, 9 ounces taken from Lake Poinsett in 2008 by Darin Laue.

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