Huge Brown Trout Shatters Missouri Record

Paul Crews (center) broke the Missouri record with a 34-pound, 10-ounce brown trout caught at Lake Taneycomo. Also pictured: Phil Lilley (left) and Jim Rayfield Sr. (Photo courtesy of Missouri Department of Conservation)

Lake Taneycomo is Missouri has once again produced a state-record brown trout, and according to the Missouri Department of Conservation, it’s a monster fish.

The wildlife agency confirmed the 34-pound, 10-ounce trout caught in the south Missouri lake was six pounds heavier than the previous record, which stood for almost 10 years. Scott Sandusky caught his record 28-12 brown in November of 2009, also out of Taneycomo.

Missouri’s new “pole-and-line” brown trout was caught Feb. 23 while fishing with a marabou jig on 4-pound test line.

Crews and his fishing partner Jim Royfield were fishing in the Vince Elfrink Memorial Trout Tournament when the big fish struck.

He said the tournament is usually the only time he fishes for trout each year.

"I fought the fish from one side of the lake to the other and back," Crews said in an MDC news release.

"Finally, after about 20 minutes of fighting the trout, my partner and I were able to get it netted and bring it in the boat."

The fish was weighed on a certified scale at Shepherd of the Hills Fish Hatchery.

Taneycomb, located near Branson, Mo., also owns one of the state-record rainbow trout, according to the MDC — a 15-6 rainbow caught by alternative method in 1971 (the pole-and-line record rainbow is 18-1).

By comparison, the all-tackle world record for brown trout recognized by the International Game Fish Association is 42 pounds, 1 ounce (2013; New Zealand).

For more information on state-record fish, visit the MDC website at

Jumbo Perch in West Virginia

West Virginia DNR said a state-record yellow perch was caught by Clinton Mills of Ravenswood, WV.

The fish, caught at Summersville Lake, measured 14.5 inches and weight 2.04 pounds.

The old record, caught in 2012, also at Summersville Lake, weighed 1.93 pounds.

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Clinton Mills of Ravenswood with his state record yellow perch. (Photo courtesy of the West Virginia Department of Commerce)

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