Angler Mark Clemishire sent us these photos today of a monstrous rainbow trout he caught on Missouri’s Lake Taneycomo tailwater last Saturday. Clemishire, who hails from Skiatook, Oklahoma, was fishing with guide Brett Rader when they spotted a huge fish cruising in just two feet of water. Clemishire got in about a dozen casts before the fish spooked, but all was not lost: the huge rainbow reappeared downstream. This time, Clemishire was on his game, and using a size 18 Black Soft-Shelled Scud and a 6X tippet, he hooked the beast on the third cast.
When the fish finally came to the net, they couldn’t believe its size: 31 inches long, with a 23-inch girth. Clemishire says that he was so concerned about the fish’s health that its possible record status didn’t even occur to him until after the successful release. No matter what weight-calculating formula you use, those measurements put the fish into the 20-pound range, which could have crushed the current Missouri record, which is 18 pounds, 1 ounce.
When I talked to Clemishire on the phone, however, he wasn’t too bummed about missing out on the record. He was still basking in the awe that he’d felt as he’d lifted that beauty from the net.
12 thoughts on “Photo of the Day: Possibly the Biggest Rainbow Trout Ever Caught in Missouri”
This is why many states have a catch and release record…
and only a Dallas fan could catch a trout that big!!!
6X and size 18 – the size of the fish deserves a multiplier effect for that. I should be jealous but I feel surprisingly happy for you mark!
Lake Taneycomo doesn’t get the respect it deserves. It is a wonderful tailwater fishery!
Brett is a great. Guide! He coached me and I landed a 30 inch brown in 2008! Way to go Mark and Brett!
Hog Johnson for sure!
We need a fact check. There must be a typo, there is no way you could land that fish on 6X tippet and it not die of exhaustion or cause you to break the line.
Nice fish though.
O ya I did it was epic luck plus skill equals troutzilla
I believe a trip to Taney is in future!
When I retire in nine years, I won’t be far away from this region! Fish of a lifetime!
I was told by a wildlife biologist a year ago that they had shocked at 59 in. Brown I will not say exactly where. Just believe there are Monster trout in those Waters.