Rainbow Trout Record Broken Twice On Same Lake


On March 7, Tony Melkus of Topeka caught the biggest rainbow trout he?d ever laid eyes on. In fact, when he had it weighed on certified scales, Melkus knew his 14.28-pound trout from Lake Shawnee would be listed in the Kansas record books as the largest rainbow trout ever taken from state waters.However, he had no way of knowing that before the ink would dry on his state record fish certificate, his record would already be broken just three days later.

On March 10, Nicole Wilson, also from Topeka and fishing out of Lake shawnee, caught a rainbow trout eclipsing Melkus?s fish, and it now stands as the Kansas state record - as of this writing.

Wilson?s trout was huge, weighing in at 15.43 pounds, more than a pound heavier than Melkus?s fish. Her fish was 33 inches long and had a girth of 19 inches.

What makes this story even truly eerie is that the same thing happened in2011.On April 2, 2011, Topekan Bob Lorson caught a 11.02-pound rainbowtrout. Just 18 days later, Ed Ames of Tecumseh caught one that weighed13.65 pounds. While Ames? record only stood 11 months, that?s long byKansas trout record standards.

Rainbow trout are stocked in select Kansas waters each winter to provide an alternative fishing opportunity during months when most warm-water sport fish are tough to catch. Apparently, there are some mighty large fish to be had at Lake Shawnee. The lake is owned and operated by Shawnee County. It is enrolled in the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism?s (KDWPT) Community Lake Assistance Program, which means that, other than state fishing license requirements, no additional angling fees are charged although to fish for or possess trout during the Nov. 1-April 15 trout season, a KDWPT trout permit is required.

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