Earlier this month, Sidney Cellan of Soda Springs, Idaho set the new catch-and-release record for Lake Trout in Utah when he landed a 47-inch, 57-pound Lake Trout after a 30-minute fight. The fish is so massive that 57-pound trout looks like it swallowed a tiny human being.
Sidney Cellan was fishing the Flaming Gorge Reservoir with Creative Fishing Adventures in Utah on July 3rd when he caught the fish that has since gone viral (pics below).
They took the catch-and-release record Lake Trout out of the water to measure, weigh, and photograph it. Afterward, they released the fish back into the water to live another day. When asked why he chose to release the massive 57-pound Lake Trout instead of keeping it and mounting the fish, Sidney Cellan gave this answer:
He released it “so somebody else can catch it.”
“You know if I kill all the fish that I catch then means there’s going to be less fish for other people to catch,” the fisherman said. (via Fox News)
Just look at this majestic beast:
Is it just me, or does the 57-pound Lake Trout above look larger than this potential world record 83-pound Lake Trout that was caught in Canada back in March?
According to FOX 13 Salt Lake City, the state of Utah keeps two sets of fishing records. One for kept fish and one for ‘catch and release’. This 57-pound, 47-inch Lake Trout is a new ‘Catch and Release’ fishing record for the state. In order for a fish to qualify for the catch and release records the specimen must be photographed, measured, and there must be at least one witness on hand to verify the catch.
The Utah state record for a kept Lake Trout is 51 pounds 8 ounces. It was set all the way back in 1988 but that fish was also caught at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir. Five of Utah’s fishing records have been set at the Flaming Gorge Reservoir (Rainbow Trout, Lake Trout, Brown Trouth, White Sucker, and Kokanee Salmon). So, if you’re ever in Utah and looking to catch some MASSIVE fish I think you know where to start.