Featured image from Idaho Fish & Game
Over the weekend, Sophie Egizi and her family were out fishing for rainbow and bull trout on Lake Pend Oreille in Idaho, when something truly large grabbed the fly at the end of her line. She had managed to hook a 36.5 inch Gerrard Rainbow Trout and fought it hard to the surface.
“Congratulations to Sophie Egizi on setting a new catch-and-release record Gerrard rainbow trout!” said the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. “The 8-year-old angler wrangled up the 36.5-inch monster while trolling flies on Idaho’s famous Lake Pend Oreille in early October.”
A Gerrard rainbow trout, known to be the largest sub-species of rainbow trout native to the West Kootenay region that extends south into Northern Idaho. Lake Pend Oreille is no stranger to state record fish, holding both the weight record for Rainbow trout (36 lbs) and the catch-and-release state record for Bull Trout, currently held by Aaron Fox at 29.5 inches.
If you need us, we’ll be looking at dates to get ourselves up there to do battle with those beautiful, native fish!
Source: NBC Montana