Reply by: eholm Posted: 11/16/2022 10:18:36 AM Points: 3036
WOW, what a fish and story! Good write-up featuring the drama of the catch. I appreciate that he is clearly a legit C&R angler. I understand his decision to keep it for the record, and I would have done the same. I feel a little bad about the pressure that lake might get, but I think a more important point to keep in mind is that there may be record fish lurking in any number of tiny lakes. I hadn't heard about the one that was caught the previous week, in which the guy decided to eat it instead of having it certified! LOL that's funny.
Reply by: eholm Posted: 11/17/2022 10:49:26 AM Points: 3036
Sleazy E, I agree the coloration looks very splake-like. But in this pic you can see the tail is fully square: [log in for link]
It does make me start thinking about the genetics though. There was a thread about splake reproduction a long time ago: [log in for link]
Some say a splake can reproduce with a brookie. I'm not saying I doubt this fish (After all, world record brookies are in the 14 pound range), just thinking out loud. My question would be - have splake existed in this body of water in the past 20 years? What if a rarity happened and a splake reproduced with a brookie, which resulted in a sprookie... some lake trout genes and the square tail of a brookie.
Im going in early summer! Who is coming with me? Lets catch ALL the bigguns left in there.
On a serious note dam that is a nice fish. I really hope the lake does not get blown out by trophy seekers willing to make the hike. Thats why if I caught a state record fish in an alpine lake I dont think I would submit it.
Great fish! The worst thing about the certification is having to name the body of water. Not a big deal if it's Dillon Reservoir, but small backcountry lakes like that will get crushed with pressure by record chasers in the coming years.