No Kidding: Angler Smashes Record for Lake Trout

No Kidding: Angler Smashes Record for Lake Trout

Keith Miller’s 31-pound, 13-ounce lake trout caught on Lake Erie on May 11. (Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission image)

The Pennsylvania man's trophy fish was more than two pounds heavier than the previous record.

The Pennsylvania angler who recently broke the state record for lake trout called the feat a “You’ve got to be kidding me” moment.

Keith Miller’s 31-pound, 13-ounce lake trout caught out of Lake Erie was more than two pounds heavier than the previous record (29-4, Lake Erie, 2012), according to a news release from Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.

“It was almost like one of those ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’ moments,” the Cranberry Township resident said. “We’re just out there fishing for fun and all of the sudden you might have a state record on your hands.”

In fact, Miller, 73, was on a scouting trip with friends scouting for the summer season with God’s Grace Sport Fishing charters when the record hit.


The group was fishing in an area known as “The Mountain,” more than 2 miles off shore, and the big fish bit an Orange Crush UV Copper-colored Michigan Stinger spoon on 30-pound braided line around 4:30 p.m. They were trolling over 55 feet of water. The crew had already boated several fish in the 14-pound range.


“I could tell it was a lot bigger than the ones we’d been catching,” Miller said. “At first, it was like dead weight, but then the fish started taking quite a bit of line and put up a really great fight.”


When the crew realized the fish might be in record territory, they headed back to shore to weigh it on a certified scale at Poor Richard’s Bait and Tackle in Fairview. PFBC Waterways Conservation Officer Matthew Visosky supervised the weighing.

Miller said the “team effort” of charter Capt, Lane Brown and first mate Tom Thompson led to the record catch.

Miller said the fish will be replicated for display at Poor Richard’s.


“I live alone,” he said. “If I put it at my house, nobody would ever see it and all it would do is collect dust. I also think records are made to be broken and this might not last very long. I suspect there are other lake trout in Lake Erie that would enjoy mine for a snack.”

A list of current Pennsylvania State Record Fish, official rules and application can be found at www.fishandboat.com.

Recommended for You

How does one go about getting rid of chiggers and treating chigger bites? Your first line of defense is insect repellent with DEET to keep chiggers at bay. But when you do get a few chigger bites, use Chigarid to treat them. Hunting How-To

How to Treat Chigger Bites

Lynn Burkhead

How does one go about getting rid of chiggers and treating chigger bites? Your first line of...

We're told to pay attention to the lunar phases. What do bass pros think? Bass

MLF Pros: What's With the Moon?

G&F Online Staff

We're told to pay attention to the lunar phases. What do bass pros think?

Crankbaits mimic exactly what they eat when hungry — other fish! Bass

Baitfish for Bass: Search, Suspend or Sink Crankbaits

Jason Houser - May 21, 2019

Crankbaits mimic exactly what they eat when hungry — other fish!

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Berkley

Berkley's New Terminal Tackle

OSG's Lynn Burkhead and Chad LaChance, host of World Fishing Network's Fishful Thinker television show, talk about Berkley's new innovative terminal tackle being introduced at ICAST 2019.

Mustad

Mustad's Saltwater Jig Lineup

Russ Whisler shows OSG's Lynn Burkhead the innovative features and great color schemes in Mustad's voluminous lineup of saltwater jigs introduced at ICAST 2019.

Mustad Skatter Shad Bladed Jig

Mustad Skatter Shad Bladed Jig

As Mustad continues to expand into an all-around tackle company, Reid McKinstry shows off some innovative features that make the Mustad Skatter Shad bladed jig a winner in big bass waters.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a species Catfish

10 Biggest Catfish World Records of All Time

Jack Vitek - December 08, 2014

Unless you live in Antarctica, the only continent they aren't known to inhabit, there is a...

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record. Walleye

Record-Sized Walleye Was Foul-Hooked, Agency Says

G&F Online Staff

North Dakota Game & Fish Department said the 16-9 walleye doesn't qualify for record.

When it comes to fishing baits, you won't find a more unusual variety than the strange brews of smelly ingredients often used to catch catfish. Catfish

How To Make Your Own Catfish Dough Bait

Keith Sutton - August 04, 2015

When it comes to fishing baits, you won't find a more unusual variety than the strange brews...

See More Stories

More Records

Two saltwater records fall since Memorial Day weekend. Records

Record Catches Reported in New Jersey

G&F Online Staff - July 25, 2019

Two saltwater records fall since Memorial Day weekend.

Angler thought walleye, buddy thought sauger. They were both right. Records

What Is It? A Kentucky-Record Saugeye!

G&F Online Staff - August 09, 2019

Angler thought walleye, buddy thought sauger. They were both right.

He was fishing for catfish when the Missouri record struck. Records

Angler Doesn't Miss 2nd Chance at State Record

G&F Online Staff - July 25, 2019

He was fishing for catfish when the Missouri record struck.

See More Records

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

×