A Muskegon man has reeled in a massive black buffalo fish, breaking state records this week. 

At 11:30 p.m. on May 25, Brandonn Kramer was bowfishing on the Grand River in Ottawa County when he played tug-of-war with a large black buffalo on his line.

With some assistance from his friend, Shawn Grawbarger – also from Muskegon – the angler bagged his 46.54-pound, 39.75-inch sucker fish.

The Department of Natural Resources confirmed the record-setting catch on Tuesday.

The previous record of 44.54 pounds and 38.5 inches was set by Sage Colegrove of Muskegon in April 2015. That was also caught in the Grand River, according to a DNR news release.

Michigan state records are set by weight only. To qualify for a state record, fish must exceed the current listed state record weight and identification must be verified by a DNR fisheries biologist. For more information, visit

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