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One-Time Record Holder Dolores Lapp Dies

Dolores Lapp, whose 50-pound 4-ounce tiger musky once held the world record, died December 20, 2015, in Sebastian, Florida. She was 86.

Dolores Lapp with her 56-inch, 50-pound 4-ounce world record tiger musky in 1951.
Dolores Lapp with her 56-inch, 50-pound 4-ounce world record tiger musky in 1951.

Mrs. Lapp was only 21 years old on June 28, 1951, when she caught her 56-inch fish from Lac Vieux Desert in northeastern Wisconsin. Her musky, which she caught while fishing with her husband, Jack, a famed Vilas County guide, stood as the hybrid world record until research into a musky caught in 1919 by John Knobla proved the latter fish was a hybrid.

Knobla’s musky of 51 pounds 3 ounces is the current hybrid world record. It, too, was caught from Lac Vieux Desert.

Mrs. Lapp was born in Chicago to John and Isabel Ott. She moved to Land O’Lakes, Wisconsin, in the 1940s and married Jack Lapp. A professional dancer before moving to the northwoods, she started the Dolores Lapp School of Dance and taught children for more than 20 years.

Mrs. Lapp is survived by her husband, two sons, a daughter, five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Services will be held in the early summer in Land O’Lakes.

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