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75-Year-Old Colorado Trout Fishing Record Broken

The previous record for brook trout had stood since 1947.

75-Year-Old Colorado Trout Fishing Record Broken

Tim Daniel's state-record brook trout in Colorado weighed 7.84 pounds. (Photo courtesy of Colorado Parks and Wildlife)

It took 75 years, but Colorado’s longest-standing fishing record has been broken.

Tim Daniel, of Granby, Colo., broke the record with a 7.84-pound brook trout caught in May at Monarch Lake, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

The record, which measured 23 1/4 inches and had a girth of 15 3/8 inches, beat the previous mark of 7.63 pounds set in 1947 at Upper Cataract Lake in Summit County. Colorado Parks and Wildlife aquatic biologist Jon Ewert inspected the fish the day it was caught.

"We always suspected that Monarch Lake had the potential to produce a state record Brook Trout," Ewert said. "This is a real testament to the quality of our angling opportunities in Grand County. It couldn't have happened to a more deserving angler than Tim. He's just one of those guys that is always out there on the water and as a result, has an intimate knowledge of the subtle details necessary to be so successful."


Click here to read about state records


From the agency:

Brook trout, frequently called the speckled trout, is a member of the char genus of the trout and salmon family. It is a beautifully colored fish with pink or red spots surrounded by blue halos along the sides and a distinctive marbled pattern over an olive-green back. Brook Trout can grow anywhere from 11 to more than 23 inches in length. The previous record for Brook Trout was 7.63 pounds, set in 1947 from Upper Cataract Lake in Summit County.

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