In May, angler Tim Daniel was fishing at Monarch Lake in Colorado when a large fish took his hook. That fish turned out to be a 7.84-pound, 23.25-inch brook trout. According to CPW, “When first asked where and what he used to catch the fish, Mr. Daniel said in the water and with a hook.”
From Colorado CPW:
“Colorado Parks and Wildlife is excited to announce a new state record Brook Trout has been caught, breaking the state’s longest-running fish record. Brook trout were caught May 23 by Tim Daniel of Granby at Monarch Lake, in Grand County. Colorado Parks and Wildlife Aquatic Biologist Jon Ewert inspected the fish the day it was caught. She weighed 7.84 pounds, was 23 1/4 inches long and had a girth of 15 3/8 inches.
“When I went fishing that day with my friend Karen and four-legged friend Moose, I had no intention of breaking a record,” said Mr. Daniel. “I wasn’t sure what I had connected, but I knew it was big. I have fished the waters in Northwest Colorado for many years and have landed some great fish. Thanks to the hard work and dedication of CPW aquatic biologists, Northwest Colorado has some of the best fishing in the state.”
When first asked where and what he used to catch the fish, Mr. Daniel said in the water and with a hook.
“We always suspected Monarch Lake had the potential to produce a state record Brook Trout,” said CPW aquatic biologist Jon Ewert. “This is a true testament to the quality of our fishing opportunities in Grand County. It couldn’t happen to a more deserving angler than Tim. He’s just one of those guys who’s always out there on the water and as a result, has an intimate knowledge of the finer details needed to be so successful.”
Brook trout – sometimes called speckled trout – is a member of the char genus of the trout and salmon family. It is a beautifully colored fish with pink or red spots surrounded by blue halos along the sides and a distinctive marble pattern on an olive green back. Brook Trout can grow anywhere from 11 – 23 inches in length. The previous record for Brook Trout was 7.63 pounds, set in 1947 from Upper Cataract Lake in Summit County.