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8-year-old sets new catch-and-release record at Lake Pend Oreille

Posted: 8:19 AM, Nov 05, 2019
Updated: 2019-11-05 10:19:31-05

LAKE PEND OREILLE, Idaho — An eight-year-old girl has found her way into Idaho's history books, setting a new catch-and-release record for Gerrard rainbow trout.

Idaho Fish & Game says Sophie Egizi reeled in the 36.5-inch Gerrard in early October while fishing on Lake Pend Oreille. It's no surprise it happened on the famed body of water--Lake Pend Oreille still holds the certified weight record Gerrard at 37 lbs set in 1947. The lake also recently produced a new catch-and-release record bull trout, set by Aaron Fox at 29 inches.

Gerrard rainbow trout in Idaho are unique to the Clark Fork River drainage, and have long been handled as a separate trout record species because of their notorious trophy sizes. You can learn more about the catch-and-release record program and how to apply on the F&G State Record Fish page.