Gordon Sampson boated the 24 lb., 8 oz. Chinook salmon after only five minutes of fishing on Aug. 14. The massive fish broke the previous state record of 23 lbs., 14 oz. The record salmon was verified by Hilary Meyer, South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) fisheries biologist.
“We have had reports of several large salmon being caught, and two fish that were close to the state record,” Meyer said. “The salmon on Lake Oahe are in great condition because of large numbers of bait fish, such as lake herring.”
Sampson told Meyer his hands were shaking due to the excitement of his record breaking catch, and she is pretty sure there is more excitement to be had yet this season on Lake Oahe. “For the next month or better, there is a great opportunity for more big salmon to be caught.”
To view a list of all of South Dakota’s state record fish, visit gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/state-fish-records-list.aspx.
MEDIA NOTE: Earlier in the week, several media outlets across the state reported inaccurate information on this new state record fish. It is important to know that the South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks (GFP) is the official spokesperson on whether or not a fish breaks a previous state record. For a fish to qualify as a state record, anglers must have the fish identified by a GFP fisheries biologist and weighed on a certified scale. Other qualifications can be found on the state record fish application: gfp.sd.gov/fishing-boating/docs/state-record-fish-form.pdf.