World record beating brown trout caught in USA
While not caught on the fly, this news is too spectacular not to share....
A 41.45-pound brown trout was landed Wednesday on the Manistee River in Michigan. The fish, which stretched the tape to 43.75 inches, was caught by Thomas Healy of Rockford, Michigan. Healy was spincasting with a crankbait.
If certified, the fish would establish a world record. The 2009 Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame record book lists a 40-pound, 4-ounce brown trout as the "All Tackle" world record. That fish was caught in 1992 on the Little Red River in Arkansas.
The standing Michigan record is a 36.81-pound brown trout caught in 2007 in the Lake Michigan waters of Frankfort Harbor. For reference, the Wisconsin brown trout record is a 36-pound, 9-ounce fish caught in Lake Michigan off Kewaunee County in 2004.
The Manistee River is a Lake Michigan tributary; it enters the lake approximately across from Two Rivers, Wisconsin.
According to information from the Michigan DNR, several biologists observed and officially identified the fish. There was no immediate word about whether Healy planned to submit the fish for record status.