Record-breaking brook trout caught in Colorado alpine lake

Record-breaking brook trout caught in Colorado alpine lake
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Matt Smiley hooked the 8-pound, 9-ounce fish at Waterdog Lake near Lake City.

LAKE CITY, Colo. — A Lake City man caught a record-breaking brook trout last month at an alpine lake in Hinsdale County. It’s the third time this year that the record has been broken, according to Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW).

On Saturday, Oct. 8, Matt Smiley hiked nearly four miles, with an elevation gain of 2,400-feet, to fish in Waterdog Lake near Mesa Seco.

Smiley caught smaller fish for most of the day and said he was about to head home to watch college football, CPW said. Not long after he contemplated leaving, he felt the tug of a big fish.

“I thought I wasn’t going to see any real good ones,” Smiley said. “But then the rod got heavy, I set my hook and could tell I had a really big fish.

“When it surfaced and I could see…

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