It might be a long time before anyone dethrones Idaho’s new certified-weight tiger trout record. That’s because Kody King of Montpelier nearly doubled the standing record with the fish he hauled out of the Montpelier Reservoir on May 30, the Idaho Department of Fish and Game reports.
If King had chosen to enter the fish in Idaho’s catch-and-release category, which is based on length rather than weight, the 29-inch trout would have smashed the current 22-inch record holder, IDFG sport fishing program coordinator Martin Koenig tells Outdoor Life. Instead, King kept the fish and weighed it on a certified scale, which tipped at 8 pounds, 8 ounces. The prior certified-weight tiger trout record weighed 4 pounds, 13 ounces. Gatlynn Mayes caught the 24-inch fish on Becker Pond in Idaho Falls on Dec. 16, 2020, breaking the previous record of 4 pounds, .6 ounces from 2018.