World Record Brown Trout

Species: German Brown Trout
Location: Manistee River
Angler: Tom Healy - Rockford, MI
Weight: 41.45 pounds
Length: 43.75 inches
Girth: 27 inches
Status: Michigan State Record & World Record
Guide: Ultimate Outfitters

Wednesday, September 9 / 2009

Brook Trout Heaven has just leaned about a massive German Brown Trout caught in the Manistee River. The Brown Trout was 41 pounds 7.5 ounces and is officially a Michigan State record.

Grand Rapids area resident Tom Healy caught the 41-pound, 7.25 ounce monster on a crankbait while fishing with Tim Roller's charter service. Michigan DNR fisheries biologists Mark Tonello and Todd Kalish weighed the fish after leveling the certified scales and determined the weight. It is the new record hold for Michigan. Upon the second weighing with the scales leveled, the weight was determined to be 1 pound, .75 ounces heavier than originally determined. The fish was 43.75 inches long.

The fish is 1 pound, 3.25 ounces heavier than the reigning world record German brown trout, a 40-pound, 4-ounce fish caught in Arkansas in 1992 by Howard "Rip" Collins who used an ultralight rod and 4-pound test line to catch that fish. Healy will have to apply for certification to be declared the world record holder.

The state record German brown trout until today weighed 36.81 pounds and was caught in Lake Michigan in Benzie County in 2007. The next three places in the state record books were held by Lake Michigan browns caught in Manistee.

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