Brook trout record broken again

Brook trout record broken again
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Matt Smiley of Lake City poses for a photo with the new state record brook trout he caught Oct. 8, 2022. The fish lost some of its color after a long hike down from the mountain lake where it was caught.
Matt Smiley and Colorado Parks & Wildlife/Courtesy photo

Granby resident Tim Daniel broke a 75-year old record by catching a 23.25 inch-long brook trout that weighed 7.84 pounds in Monarch Lake on May 23, but only four months later, Larry Vickers and Matt Smiley of Lake City both caught bigger brook trout a week apart from each other.

Smiley’s 8-pound, 9-ounce brook trout measured 26.25 inches in length, besting Vickers’ 8-pound, 3.5-ounce trout. They both caught their trophy fish in Waterdog Lake, which is in the Uncompahgre National Forest near Lake City in Hinsdale County.

Vickers did not go through the certification process, according to a Colorado Parks and Wildlife press release, although he did know his trout broke the record. He ate the fish…

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