“It hit on my first cast of the day.”. A 68-year-old lifelong angler caught a brown trout that weighed in at 20 pounds and nine ounces, setting a Pennsylvania record, according to the state Fish and Boat Commission. Microsoft may earn an Affiliate Commission if you purchase something through recommended links in this article. The trout was 44 inches long, had a girth of 28 inches, and weighed 39.2 pounds, more than 8 pounds heavier than the last record-breaking trout in the state. That 31.8 pound fish was caught … –Image showing Jeffery Sanford with his lake trout is courtesy of the Vermont Fish and Wildlife Department; image showing lake trout with sea lampreys is generic, Sign up for the For The Win newsletter to get our top stories in your inbox every morning. Like us on Facebook to see similar stories, Fort Hood soldier arrested in the 2019 murder of Chelsea Cheatham, British grocer Sainsbury's is cutting 3,500 jobs and closing more than 80% of Argos stores. But what also stood out was that the fish bore no scars caused by sea lampreys, which points to the success of a long-term effort to control the nuisance species. Poland will also have a replica made of it, and will donate the fish’s otolith bone, which is a tiny bone in its ear, so biologists can determine the trout’s age. Ferraro said he and friends left Walnut Creek Marina, just off the lake, in the early morning to begin their fishing trip. Back at the marina, commission biologist Mark Haffley identified it as a brown trout. “That’s a huge freshwater fish.”. WEST STEWARTSTOWN, N.H. (AP) — An ice fisherman from Meredith has shattered the record for the largest lake trout ever caught in New Hampshire. That 31.8 pound fish was caught by Hollis Grindle, of Ellsworth, Maine, on Beech Hill Pond in 1958. After getting the fish in the boat, Vidrine and his crew estimated the trout, which measured 26 inches, to be between seven and eight pounds. ‘That’s a huge freshwater fish': record-breaking trout caught on Maine lake, © Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. A 68-year-old lifelong angler caught a brown trout that weighed in at 20 pounds and nine ounces, setting a Pennsylvania record, according to the state Fish and Boat Commission. The image, captured by Drone Shark App and shared via social media, shows two swimmers and what’s described as a grey nurse shark swimming through an immense school of salmon just yards from shore. “There are absolutely more fish like this out there,” said Ferraro. Poland is one of the many Mainers who have flocked to the state’s lakes, forests, and trails since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. The accompanying footage, shared by Drone Shark App, opens with two swimmers several yards from the salmon, and what’s described as a grey nurse shark at the school’s edge. “Jeff’s fish is the largest lake trout from Lake Champlain since the department started keeping fish records in 1969,” said Shawn Good, a Fish and Wildlife biologist. Erik Poland, of Andover, Maine, was fishing on Richardson Lake in Oxford County last Thursday when he hooked a giant trout that weighed more than 39 pounds, said Mark Latti, a spokesman for the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. The fish was weighed on a certified scale with witnesses, and was found to have exceeded the previous record set in 2000. “There have been much larger lake trout caught in other Vermont waters, but this Champlain fish is a big deal.”. Latti said boat ramps are busier than usual both during the week and the weekend, and officials have seen an uptick in people hiking, camping, and using ATVs. The eel-like “vampire fish” latch onto prey with sucker-like jaws. The sea lamprey control effort – using lampricide treatments – is ongoing this fall in four tributaries that contain spawning sea lamprey populations. Brent Escolta captured the moment in video shared recently on ViralHog, describing the scene as a moose having “a little fun kicking the soccer ball around.”. Science-based coverage sent each Monday, Wednesday, and Friday night to your inbox. Caroline Enos can be reached at caroline.enos@globe.com. “Over the past 10 years, we have seen several record-breaking fish in cold, cool and warm-water species divisions,”  Ehlers said. A massive trout caught on a Maine lake last week has shattered a 62-year-old state record, officials said. Fish & Wildlife Service. It was caught in Lake Erie on Aug. 8 by Robert Ferraro of Erie. https://ftw.usatoday.com/2020/10/record-lake-trout-catch-a-big-deal-for-more-than-its-size, NFL Week 9 best bets: Kyler Murray and the Cardinals are a lock, How a terrifying crash and impromptu celebration helped shape Jimmie Johnson's legendary NASCAR career, Packers vs. 49ers betting guide: The best bets for Thursday Night Football, The 49ers' depth chart is in complete chaos with 8 key players out vs. Packers, Steelers players bought dinner for Pennsylvania election workers counting votes, Your California Privacy Rights/Privacy Policy. Follow her on Twitter @CarolineEnos. In 1988, a 51½-pounder was caught at Flaming Gorge Reservoir, known for its big lake trout. “People are taking the time to enjoy the outdoors during this pandemic.”. “It was a huge thrill to catch such a big fish, but we didn’t know exactly what it was at first,” Ferraro told the commission. Since 2009, Lake Erie has been stocked regularly with fingerling brown trout by the commission. Swarthmore, Bryn Mawr named as top colleges for renewable energy use in U.S. How this picturesque Haddonfield pond became a toxic algae problem. People realize its over 60 years since that record was set and to not only break the record, but shatter it by 8 pounds is really amazing,” Latti said. The trout was 44 inches long, had a girth of 28 inches, and weighed 39.2 pounds, more than 8 pounds heavier than the last record-breaking trout in the state. Jeffery Sanford was overjoyed for obvious reasons after his recent catch of a 19.36-pound lake trout in the Vermont portion of Lake Champlain.