Oklahoma Confirms New Record Rainbow

The Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation has certified a new state-record rainbow trout.

Angler Paul Glover of Sallisaw, Oklahoma, caught the record-breaking fish on April 4 from the Lower Illinois River below Tenkiller Ferry Dam. The trout weighed 11 pounds 4.32 ounces, measured 29 3/16 inches in length and 16 9/16 inches in girth.

Ageography teacher at Sallisaw Middle School, Glover was using a fly rod with 2-pound test line and a hand-tied 1/80-ounce marabou jig. He told the Tulsa World newspaper that he battled the big trout for about 15 minutes. "It was a good fight. It didn't jump out of the water, but it fought hard.

The angler said he and his wife had been fishing for white bass at Tenkiller Lake, but the morning of April 4 brought temperatures in the 30s, and Glover's wife wasn't interested in getting out in the cold weather. So, the angler decided to go below the dam to do some trout fishing.

"Normally I would have been bass fishing," he said. Instead, he hooked the new state-record rainbow shortly after he arrived at the river. Normally he releases the trout he catches, “but this looked like a state record, so I decided to keep it."

Glover's big rainbow bested the previous state-record caught by Mark Reed of Blanchard, Okla. In 2013. That trout weighed 10 pounds, 10.56 ounces.

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