Lotta fish stories
Well heres another one. Before I became educated on catch and release my son caught a freaky big largie in a small lake in Snohomish county, August with a senko. No scale but lake resident put it on funky old scale. Well over 10#'s. 22 1/2" x 23" girth. Pictures and everything. Still sitting in my sisters freezer waiting to be mounted. What a waste, but fish of a life time. I believe the state largie record could easly be in a small county lake. And like mentioned before, it might be taken by a young angler.
A lot of work has been done over the years to equate length and girth to weight. The calculations are pretty accurate now.
Assuming the fish was measured from the tip of the snout to the fork of the tail, flat not curved, and the girth was the widest part of the fish, that fish would be about 14.9 pounds. That is a monster by any account for a northern state.
Even if you cut an inch in length for measuring the curve or to the tip of the fin, the fish would have weighed about 14.2 pounds, still a record.
Impressive to say the least, but, not the only one I have seen in Washington.
This brings up a great chance to ask a question. Let's assume one of us caught the "State Record" ANYSPECIES. To record it, it must be taken from the gene pool. Now that fish is probably on the down hill slide as far as reproduction, so that is not a problem with me. Still, a lot of heavy middle weights are kept and they are still in peak reproductive status.
Second issue, to report the fish, you need to have certified scales and witnesses. You also now need to report the body of water you caught it in. Can you imagine what would happen to your favorite lake when every report in the state says that the State Record was caught in ................? I doubt that any fish could survive the onslaught of fishermen.
I am from the East side of the State, SO, if I catch a State Record, I will report it came from the West side.
Thanks for the names of some of the "potential" record holders. I'll need to remember them for when.............. OK, never mind.
Too much water, so many fish, too little time.