It's no secret that 2006 was a great year for trout fishing. And we have some new records to prove it!
Thirteen states posted new trout records in 2006, one of which is still pending for a new Junior Angler World Record. And British Columbia has two pending records for Rainbow trout caught with fly rods.
The first state to record a new trout record is Alabama. A Rainbow trout weighing 9lbs-1oz was caught by Otha G. Hamm in Mudd Creek in Tannehill State Park on April 22, 2006. This broke the old record of 7lbs-4oz, set in 2004.
Arizona also recorded two new Rainbow trout records as well a new Apache trout record. Arizona is one of those states that separates its trout records into different categories. The new Inland Water (Hook & Line) record for Rainbow trout was set in September 2006 by Harold Wright. Harold reeled in a 32.5 inch Rainbow trout weighing 15lbs-9.12oz) out of Willow Springs Lake.
Arizona also recorded a new Rainbow trout record in the 'catch and release' category. This record was set in March 2006 by Jeff Senn when he reeled in a 22.5 inch Rainbow trout out of Silver Creek.
A 20 inch Apache trout was pulled out of Christmas Tree Lake by Cameron Frieh in July 2006, thus setting a new record. This fish was also released back into the water.
In January 2006, James Harold Cohasset reeled in a 28.33lbs hatchery rainbow trout measuring 33.5 inches in length in California. This set a new state record for hatchery rainbow trout.
Connecticut new state record for Rainbow trout is still pending. The fish was caught by Billy Lutgen in July 2006 and weighed 7lbs-8oz. It was reeled out of Norwalk River.
Colorado also has two new Rainbow trout records pending. Both records were caught by David Pesi in August 2006 and were pulled out of Big Thompson River in the Rocky Mountains. The first trout weighed 1lbs-3oz and the second trout weighed 1lbs-5oz. The second trout was also caught using a fly rod.
Idaho has a new Splake trout record, recorded in May 2006. It weighed 10lbs-12.48 oz, measuring 28.5 inches in length. Brian Allison caught it in Ririe Reservoir using a Frenzy Deep River Lure.
New York has a new Brook trout record thanks to Jesse Yousey. In May 2006, Jesse used a Lake Clear Wobler lure to reel in his 4lb-15oz Brook trout out of Five Ponds Wilderness area.
North Carolina recorded a new Rainbow trout record of 20lbs-3oz caught in Horsepasture River by Leah Johnson. Leah used a Rapala lure.
Vermont's new Rainbow trout record was set by Harry Hunt in March 2006 when he reeled in 13lbs-12oz trout out of Lake Dunmore.
Virginia boasted a new world record for Spotted Seatrout (Speckled trout) in January 2006. The trout, weighing 12lbs-1oz was caught by Barclay Shepard at Money Point.
Wisconsinonsin's new inland water record for Rainbow trout was set in June 2006 by Will Lusthoff when he reeled in a 12lbs-3oz trout out of Elbow Lake. Wills' trout measured 29.5 inches in length.
And last but not least, Wyoming also has a new Tiger trout record, as of July 2006. Greg Salisbury's Tiger trout weighed 1lb-10oz and measured 16.5 inches in length.
The International Game & Fish Association (IGFA) also has 3 NEW WORLD TROUT RECORDS PENDING!
The first pending world record is for a Brown trout caught by junior angler Christopher Miller in October 2006. His trout weighed 14lbs-9oz and was reeled out of Dry Run Creek in Arkansas.
The next two pending world records in the Fly Rod category and are for Bull trout. Both were caught in August 2006 out of Wigwam River in British Columbia, Canada. The first Bull trout was 10lbs-8oz (caught by Josh Splinter) and the second was 18lbs-8oz (caught by A. Matthew Eggert). Tippet sizes were different
Records are made to be broken, so here's wishing you all good luck in 2007!