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SALT LAKE CITY — Last week’s article looked at the five largest species of game fish caught in Utah. Trout took two of the spots, while warm water species rounded out the rest. Here are the next five largest species on the list. Using the same rules for ranking, here are the five biggest fish caught in Utah, based on weight rather than length.
They may not win beauty contests, but carp are tough fighters that can grow to huge sizes. I hooked into a 25-pounder at Utah Lake several years ago and it was nearly impossible to bring in. While many of the state’s big carp come from Utah Lake, the current record was caught in 1993 at Lake Powell by Couger Elfervig.
In 1930, a woman drove up to Strawberry Reservoir and caught the cutthroat that has proved unbeatable for subsequent generations of anglers. Who was this mysterious woman? Well, she’s only identified as “Mrs. E. Smith” in the record books. Regardless, she was an incredible fisherwoman.
Like many of Utah’s angling records, the biggest rainbow trout was caught in Flaming Gorge Reservoir. The Gorge continues to produce some big rainbow trout, as does Strawberry Reservoir. The current catch-and-release record was actually set at East Canyon Reservoir, where some impressive lunkers are caught.
The northern pike is such an enigmatic, ferocious fish that it’s inspired a host of nicknames over the years: water wolf, old esox, toothies, gators, slough sharks and slimers to name a few. The catch-and-keep record came from Yuba Reservoir, home to many of the largest pike in Utah.
However, the catch-and-release record was set on Lake Powell in 1998. That fish was a certifiable beast, measuring more than 4 inches longer than the catch-and-keep record.
Tiger trout are a hybrid of brown trout and brook trout. While the current record may not be quite as large as some other trout species caught in Utah, it’s a phenomenal achievement when you consider that the world record for tiger trout is 20 pounds and 13 ounces.
That's right — the tiger trout here in Utah are among the largest in the world and it’s highly likely that a world-record tiger is currently swimming in Scofield.
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