Oregon woman lands a record breaker
A new record Kokanee, a landlocked blueback salmon, was caught recently by Wan Teece, of Enterprise, Oregon at Wallowa Lake. Her fish measured 26.25-inches in length and weighed 8.23-pounds. The fish had a girth of 16-inches.
It appears that the fish is a record for the entire United States and not just the State of Oregon.
Records maintained by the National Fishing Hall of Fame show the all time kokanee record to be 9-pounds, 6-ounces. That one was caught in Canada in 1988. No kokanee of 8-pounds or more, except for the one Teece recently caught at Wallowa Lake, have been previously recorded for the United States.
She used a Wedding Ring with a Smile Blade to catch the record fish. "Specifically a Wedding Ring - Double Whammy Kokanee Pro," says Bobby Loomis, director of sales for Mack's Lure.
The Smile Blade is getting more and more attention from anglers all over the country. Three years ago Mike Hepper used one ahead of his bait to break the Washington State walleye record, still standing at 19.3-pounds.