photo by Benny Sieu, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
For the second time in two years, the International game Fish Association has certified a world-record brown trout. Roger Hellen of Racine, Wisconsin, caught the 41-pound, 8-ounce behemoth while trolling on Lake Michigan in July. Although the official weight is 1 ounce heavier than the trout caught on Michigan’s Manistee River in 2009, the two will stand as co-records because the IGFA requires any new record to surpass the previous record by .5%.
Iowa is hardly considered a trout hot spot, but every fall the state stocks lakes and ponds in about a dozen communities. Last weekend, Cedar Rapids was the beneficiary of 1,500 trout, released in Prairie Park Fishery.
Although Connecticut once supported runs of wild Atlantic salmon, dams and pollution wiped them out. However, fish from the Connecticut River Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program are often stocked elsewhere. Here’s a great photo essay of a day on the Naugatuck River chasing the “fish of kings.”
Completing our trifecta of fish found in unusual places, here’s an interesting blog post and video on casting for tiny tarpon in a lagoon in Queensland, Australia.