Angler breaks record with massive trout, CO officials say

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Jim Daniel of Granby, Colorado caught this speckled trout in Monarch Lake.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife

Angler Tim Daniel had no idea he would make history when he went fishing at Monarch Lake in Grand County, Colorado last spring.

“I wasn’t sure what I had snagged, but I knew it was big,” Daniel said in a July 29 Colorado Parks and Wildlife press release.

Daniel didn’t know it, it was a record.

“When I went fishing that day with my friend Karen and my four-legged friend Moose, I had no intention of breaking a record,” Daniel said.

Daniel, who has been fishing northwest Colorado waters for years, brought home a speckled trout on May 23 that weighed 7.84 pounds, according to wildlife officials.

The catch shattered the 1947 weight record, a 7.63-pound brook trout caught in Upper Cataract Lake in Summit County, officials said.

The fish caught by Daniel on May 23 measured 23 1/4 inches in length and had a circumference of 15 3/8 inches.

When asked where he caught the fish and what he used, he said, “in the water and with a hook,” officials said.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologist Jon Ewert said the record catch could not have been attributed to a “more deserving angler,” according to the news release.

“He’s just one of those guys who is always out there on the water and therefore has an intimate knowledge of the fine details needed to be successful,” Ewert said.

Brook trout, which can range from 11 to 23 inches long, belong to the “char genus of the trout and salmon family,” wildlife officials said. It is also known as speckled trout.

“It is a beautifully colored fish with pink or red blotches surrounded by blue halos on the sides and a distinctive mottled pattern on an olive green back,” Colorado Parks and Wildlife said.

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