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FISHING — Sunfish, the midgets of inland lake fisheries, have won new stature in the saltwater of Washington's Puget Sound.
A mola weighing up to 350 pounds was caught within view of the Seattle skyline on Tuesday night. It took four men to pull the fish aboard a tribal gillnetting boat.
Click “continue reading” for the who, what and why story about this giant sunfish by Mark Yuasa of The Seattle Times.
FISHING — A monster trout caught below Dworshak Dam in July has been deemed a rainbow following DNA analysis. That makes the 28-pound, 9-ounce fish the largest rainbow trout legally caught in Idaho, according to a story by Eric Barker of the Lewiston Morning Tribune.
However, Tui Moliga of Lapwai won't land his name in the state record books for the fish.
Moliga, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, legally caught the fish below Dworshak Dam at a time the river wasn't open under state rules to harvest of rainbow trout longer than 20 inches. But the area was open under tribal rules.
After he caught the fish, Idaho Department of Fish and Game officials faced a pair of dilemmas regarding his request to have it considered as a state record.
Read on for the rest of Barker's story explaining this unusual circumstance:
FISHING — Edward Kalinowski of New Meadows, Idaho, smashed the state's 12-year-old record for tiger musky while fishing in Little Payette Lake on Aug. 6, the Idaho Fish and Game Department has confirmed.
Kalinowski landed the 44.26 pound lunker on a 12-pound test line with a Neon Magic lure. The fish is 50.5 inches long with a 25-inch girth.
The previous record was 38 pounds, 7 ounces, 48.25 inches with a 22.5- inch girth. It was caught June 16, 2001, in Hauser Lake by Douglas Butts of Eureka Mont., on a Mepps Bucktail Yellow lure.
Tiger muskies have been stocked for trophy fisheries in about 10 Idaho lakes and seven in Washington, including Silver, Newman and Curlew.
FISHING — The record-breaking rockfish that caught national attention last week after biologists esitmated it was more than 200 years old has been proved to be a youngster.
Henry Liebman of Seattle caught a 39.08 pound shortraker rockfish while fishing with Angling Unlimited out of Sitka on June 21, 2013, breaking the Alaska state record of 38.68 pounds caught in 2001. Alaska Fish and Game Department biologists officially aged the fish at 64 years old.
“It's impossible to age a rockfish once it has matured just by looking at it,” said Kristen Green, groundfish project leader for Alaska's southeast region.
The oldest aged rockfish, a rougheye, was 205 years old and measured 32 inches. Liebman's fish measured 41 inches, which encouraged unsubstantiated claims of a 200-year-old fish.
Shortrakers mature by age 10 and reach their peak size shortly after.
Liebman, who'd caught a huge shortraker in a prvious visit with Angling Unlimited, asked his skipper to help him and his party target big rockfish again. They were fishing in 850 feet of water when he hooked the record fish.
The fish was weighed at 45 pounds on the boat, so Captain David Goss, knowing the fish would lose weight every hour out of the water, raced back to get the fish officially weighed by Fish and Game officials.
Follow the process of the fish going through the official channels to be named a state record.
FISHING — A Seattle man fishing in Alaska caught a 40-pound shortraker rockfish that experts believe could be 200 years old, which would easily predate the Alaska Purchase in 1867.
The Daily Sitka Sentinel reported that Henry Liebman was deep-sea fishing off the coast of Alaska on June 21 when he hooked the record-setting shortraker from a depth of approximately 900 feet.
Shortrakers, which have hues of orange, pink or red on top of their white bodies, are one of the most commonly sought fish in Alaska and can live at depths of more than 2,500 feet.
Troy Tidingco, Sitka area manager for the state Department of Fish and Game, said the fish is still being analyzed but he believes it is at least 200 years old. The current record is 175 years. Researchers are able to determine the age of a shortraker by the number of growth rings along its ear bone.
FISHING — Getting a record fish weighed and verified isn't as easy as one might think. Certified scales are rare. Fish quickly begin loosing ounces after they are killed.
Phil Coylar of Wenatchee got some great advice as he came to the dock at Lake Chelan with a mackinaw he knew was a state-record candidate on Monday: Head for the local hospital, a fishing guide told him.
Luckily the hospital staff was as excited about his fish as he was.
Click continue reading for the story from the Wenatchee World.
FISHING — A 35-pound, 10-ounce pending state record lake trout was caught Monday in Lake Chelan by Phil Colyar of Wenatchee, according to a report on Northwestern Outdoors Radio.
The current official state record mackinaw also was caught in Lake Chelan — a 35-pound, 7-ounce fish caught in 2001.
Colyar, a Spokane native, told The Spokesman-Review this morning that he cut his teeth on fishing at Spokane County lakes before moving to an angler's paradise, where he takes full advantage of the upper Columbia salmon and steelhead runs and Lake Chelan's underrated lake trout fishery.
FISHING RECORDS — The 13.75-pound state record tiger trout caught in Spokane County’s Fish Lake on May 27, 2008, by local angler Evan Roda has finally met its match.
The vetting and paperwork isn't complete, but Washington Fish and Wildlife department officials say it looks likely that a 15.04 pounder caught in Roses Lake of Chelan County will be the new record.
Kirk Herrin, a painting contractor from Manson, landed the big brook trout/brown trout hybrid last month while fishing for bass. He was casting a Fluke — a soft swim-bait lure.
The only tiger on the books, from anywhere, larger than Herrin's fish is the IGFA all-tackle world record of 20 pounds, 13 ounces, caught in Lake Michigan 34 years ago.
Read more details in this Everett Herald story.
FISHING — Nice try. Even Washington fish biologists couldn't tell just by looking. But they were skeptical, so they did some tests….
The photo above shows a fish submitted as a potential Washington state record brown bullhead after being caught this fall from Lacamas Lake in Clark County.
The fish was unofficialy weighed at 28.1 pounds, said Joe Hymer, Washington Fish and Wildlife Department fisheries biologist in Vancouver.
But today Hymer reported: “Upon further review…..genetic sampling determined this fish to be a channel catfish. While a nice size fish, the state record channel catfish weighed 36.20 pounds, caught by Ross Kincaid in I-82 Pond #6 of Yakima County on Sept,. 6, 1999.”
The current state record bullhead is 11.04 pounds caught in an unnamed lake in Snohomish County in 2000. Typical size bullheads would be a mere appetizer for this lunker.
FISHING — A fly-fisher is taking a ribbing from his buddies, but he can stand tall in his waders for making the Idaho state fishing records with a 25-inch long Utah sucker weighing 7 pounds, 13.8 ounces.
Rick Thompson, 47, of Idaho Falls caught the fish Saturday on the South Fork of the Snake River with a No. 18 Pheasant Tail nymph, according to a story by Rob Thornberry in the Idaho Falls Post Register.
He thought he was stalking the brown trout of his dreams.
Read on for the details from Thornberry's fish story.