Kansas State Record Rainbow Trout

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In Kansas, the state record for rainbow trout has been broken repeatedly by a series of unbelievable catches.

On April 2, 2011, angler Bob Lorson caught a 11.02-pound rainbow trout. 18 days later, Ed Ames of Tecumseh caught a rainbow trout that weighed 13.65 pounds.

On March 7, 2012, Tony Melkus of Topeka caught a 14.28-pound trout, again breaking the state record. Three days later, on March 10, Nicole Wilson of Topeka caught a rainbow trout which now stands as the Kansas state record (As of June 2012).

Wilson’s trout weighed in at 15.43 pounds, more than a pound heavier than the previous fish. The enormous trout was 33 inches long and had a girth of 19 inches. Both anglers caught their record fish from Lake Shawnee in Topeka.

Rainbow trout are stocked in select Kansas waters each winter by Kansas Department of Wildlife (KDW). According to the agency, stocked trout help provide fishing opportunities during months when most warm-water sport fish are tough to catch.

Lake Shawnee, owned and operated by Shawnee County, is enrolled in the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism’s (KDWPT) Community Lake Assistance Program.

source: Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks and Tourism