A massive rainbow trout was caught in Idaho’s Clearwater River on Jan. 8. The mammoth trout, weighing 28 pounds, would have shattered the state record by 8 pounds. So why didn't it shatter the record? Well, because the fisherman released it.
The fish was reeled in by local man Larry Warren. He managed to pull in the huge fish using just a 6-pound test line. Though Warren never publicly commented on his extraordinary catch, Idaho Fish and Game public information specialist Steve Liebenthal did.
"I was pretty amazed," Liebenthal told KBOI2. "I've never seen a rainbow trout that big ... it's unusually fat."
Here, courtesy of Idaho Fish and Game, is a picture of Warren with the beast:
So why was the fish ineligible for the state record? Any trout caught in the Clearwater River must be released. It’s part of the state’s plan to revive the dwindling rainbow trout population. The fish is classified as “threatened” under the Endangered Species Act.
So for Warren, an official state record will have to wait until another lucky day. For now, he can enjoy a ridiculously cool picture that will no doubt be framed on his wall soon.